So that’s how we are spending our last month!
Just 13 days after the marathon, it’s the Rat Race Dirty Weekend – that’s the world’s biggest obstacle race consisting of 200 obstacles over 20 miles. Both me and Simon will be doing it, joined by 24 other friends and family. Not only that but Isaac, Noah, some of their cousins and loads of their friends are also doing the Young Mucker (40 obstacles over 6k). I was already booked into the rat race in 2016 when Isaac was diagnosed, so my training took a big hit and it was a painful race in so many ways as I cried my way around just thinking of my reason to run and all that we’d been through at that stage. In 2017 the Young Mucker was the first event Isaac was able to do, and as his friends accompanied him round and helped him do it, we all wept as they came into the finish. So, this, just days before the end is very special.
The London 10000. Well this wasn’t on the plan! But….Children with Cancer UK launched their new fancy dress costume! It’s an end of treatment bell! Isaac finishes treatment on Thursday 23rd May, the run is Monday 27th May and Isaac rings the End of Treatment bell on Friday 31st May. So it feels very appropriate to do the ridiculous and run a race that week dressed as a bell! As it was Aunty Lisa’s idea, she will be a fellow bell with me! Neither of us have ever contemplated running in fancy dress, let alone done it, so this will be a first (and last!).
So, that’s how we’re spending our last month! And as the days tick down, it feels like there’s a dawning of a new season. We are excited to celebrate the end of treatment, but we are just grateful and thankful for the amazing care we have had, as well with the amazing work of charities like Children with Cancer UK working tirelessly to improve cure rates, reduce treatment side effects and bless families in treatment with special days to give amazing memories throughout treatment. We have had so many amazing treats and experiences, these memories definitely are more prominent than the mundane day to day hospital ones and will last a lifetime.
So if you’re running any of our three races for Children with Cancer UK, have an awesome time! Give us a shout! And when it gets tough, remember the difference you are making to lives of people like us through the money you’ve raised. And for that, we are so very grateful.
Marathon update – we did it!! Well, I said I wanted to enjoy it after last year, and that’s exactly what I did! I loved every minute!! And I finished in 3 hours 40 minutes! As I turned onto the mall with 200m to go I just burst into tears! I was so overwhelmed that I’d done it not just within the hard 3:45 target I set myself but quicker. And as I could see the line, I allowed myself to glance down at my trainer to see those precious beads I couldn’t look at for the rest of the race through fear of losing it completely. I sobbed that last 200m to the point that a fellow runner asked if I was okay! What a day!
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