So last week Cancer Research Wales (not to be confused with Cancer Research UK!) reached out on Twitter looking for Welsh bloggers to team up with. Being in a bit of a blogging slump myself, I thought this would be exactly what I needed to get excited about things again. I love a challenge, love a new project and love fundraising so it sounded perfect.
Cancer Research Wales informed me of a few things they are doing this year to raise awareness and money. The one that got my interest the most was their #50for50 challenge to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The idea is you tailor the challenge to suit yourself; you just have to do 50 of something. You could knit 50 scarves, mow 50 lawns; swim 50 miles, whatever you fancy.
Having slacked off on fitness over the last few months I decided a fitness challenge was the best way to get myself back in the gym and with the added pressure of trying to raise a bit of money and blogging about it I’m hoping I will succeed in my challenge.
So what is my challenge?
Well I decided to focus on running. Running 50k to be exact, by the end of November. Now to some of you this may not seem like a lot but bear in mind when I first started this blog back in March I could barely run for more than 2 minutes and running has never been my strong point, also there are only 24 days left in March to complete this in, so to me this is a big challenge.
I thought the best way to tackle it would be to break it down into 10 5k runs. I’ve run 5k before, how hard could this be right? Umm well I forgot that I haven’t been to the gym properly since July so yeah it is actually quite hard!
I managed to run 2.24km in 18.19mims and then I had to stop. I had a stitch, my legs were again and I just felt shattered. I felt every step of that 2k run! I am going to have to put a lot more effort in if I want to hit 50km by the end of the month!
2.24km down 47.6km to go! Follow my journey here on the blog or on Twitter using the #50for50 hashtag!
Cancer Research is a cause that is very close to my heart, as it is for many people. I was unaware of this charity before they reached out on Twitter and it is no nice to be able to support a charity that does such amazing work but also one that is local to me here in Wales. I haven’t received my fundraising pack yet or a JustGiving page but if you would like to donate you can, using the link below.
For more information on Cancer Research Wales, the #50for50 challenge and all the other events they have running check out their website here: https://www.cancerresearchwales.co.uk/crw_events/fifty-for-fifty/