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First 10k.......In Memory

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I ran in my first race EVER today and it was amazing! It was bitter cold waiting for it to start but once it did I felt great. Even when it started to hail the size of marbles I didn't mind (mostly because I had a baseball cap on and they weren't hitting me in the face!). Up until 8k it was easy, then it started getting hard but I kept on going. Although I did it on my own per se, as in not with any friends, I felt part of something so much bigger. I'm not sure how many were there but it was thousands. i ran the race for charity, the Marie Keating Foundation to be exact. Its a cancer research charity that Ronan Keating, of Boyzone fame, and his family set up after the death of their mother. I decided way back at the end of last year to do the run for this charity because of the history of cancer in my family of which I will tell you in a moment, but it was made all the more poigant when another relative, my uncle passed away on Friday from this terrible disease. It all started with my mothers mother who died of cancer when my mother was a teenager, then her father went in her early twenties. Two years ago her eldest sister died of cancer and now her eldest brother. Her next older sister is also battling the disease. As you can see cancer seems to be rife in our family so you can see why this race was even more important for me.
But as I said, it was AMAZING, and I reckon I'm now totally addicted! I can't wait to sign up for another one!
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  • FITJEN48
    Wow. I am so proud of you. See what we can achieve? And you didn't let that weather get you either. What an accomplishment, and that it was part of a bigger picture makes it even better. Great job!
    4816 days ago
  • MURRAY1010
    thats amazing well done!!!!!
    i got my first in two weeks, can't wait now!!
    you did brilliantly!!!
    4818 days ago
    woohoo! I'm glad to see you have made it! You have come a long way! Congrats!
    4820 days ago
  • LS6060
    Hey that's a great accomplishment! You should be very proud! Congrats!
    4823 days ago
    Wow! What an awesome time! And what a great experience for you. Congrats!
    4824 days ago
    Thanks everyone, I just got my official time 59min 55 sec, weh hoo! I want 60 mins so I couldn't have got closer! Just about to register for womens mini marathon , also 10k, in June. Maybe I'll get my time down to 55 mins!
    4825 days ago
  • no profile photo TMROTH
    Something went crazy and it double posted.
    Way to go.
    4825 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2008 8:06:03 PM
  • no profile photo TMROTH
    I am so glad you posted this. I was wondering how it went. Congrat.'s to you and I think you did great. I'm sure your family is proud too.
    4825 days ago
    Awesome job. I'm so proud of you, and you look great, by the way!

    I've been thinking about doing a fundraiser walk, but haven't decided on a definite charity or event. I hate running & always have, but I am a walking fool (it's my preferred method of exercise).

    Keep up the awesome job - you're running for a great cause.
    4825 days ago
    Way to go and so proud for you. I too have a lot of cancer in my family and your doing just great for yours. I know that everyone is so proud of you and give yourself a big pat on the back.

    4825 days ago
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