At the beginning of this week I decided to sign up to my local 5k race for life! That's right I'm joining to Pink Army in memory of my Grandad's.

For the past couple of years I've said I'll sign up and do it and then just never have but after watching the London Marathon I've decided to get fit and challenge myself. I'm starting off slow by doing a 5k but hopefully I can build that up and then enter for longer distances.

I am running this years Race for Life for both of my Grandad's. One of them passed away back in 2009 and the other was more recent in 2013. They both lost their lives with cancer and I miss them more than ever but I decided to get off my backside and do something in their memory and get fit at the same time.
Running really isn't my thing. I get out of breath easily and have become so unfit since stopping doing regular dance classes. I feel uncomfortable running in public because I'm so out of shape, I can't afford to go to the gym and again I feel uncomfortable in that surrounding and I don't own a treadmill -but I've decided that needs to change and I need to embrace my fitness level (or non-existent fitness level should I say!) and get outside and start training.
Cancer is a disease that affects everyone at some point in their life. I have lost family members, friends of the family and seen friends loose their loved ones from this deadly disease - but I've also seen people fight the disease and I thought why not join this army to support those currently going through treatment for Cancer and fighting this battle and in memory of the ones who've sadly been defeated by Cancer.

I'm attempting to run the 5k at Aintree Racecourse which is on 21st June 2015 - so not too far away. I am aiming to run the whole distance but as long as I cross the finish line I'll be happy.

I seriously urge you all to get involved with one of your local Race For Life events or sponsor somebody to help fight cancer.

I am fundraising for Cancer Research UK and trying to raise as much money as possible in memory of my grandads as well as raising awareness so that we can all help make a difference.

In order to train for this event, I'm going to be following the NHS Couch to 5k programme as well as using the My Map Run app to track my routes and times.

If anyone wants to donate to my Just Giving Page, any donations big or small are greatly appreciated. It won't only spare me on to cross the finish line but you'll also be giving to a worthy cause too.

I'll keep you all updated on my training progress and let you know when I manage to cross the finish line how much we've managed to raise.

Much Love X

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