So I joined a running program with Can Too who teach you how to run in return for you raising money for Cure Cancer. They've raised about 13 million dollars since they started and it all goes towards funding research. Cure Cancer's researchers over the years have contributed lots of useful brain power to the way we 'do cancer' from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
So last year, I signed up to learn how to run 9 kilometres. Now if you're a runner this isn't that far, but when you're a fat boozehound who hates running it's quite a challenge. I set out to raise $800, dared people to make it $5000, they did and I ended up committed to running an ultra half marathon earlier this year. Turns out the only thing bigger than my butt is my mouth. And that my friends secretly like making me do things purely for their own entertainment. Bastards. (Albeit very generous bastards)
|Sharing the fundraising love|
I even had muscle memory. Who knew that they weren't making that shit up?
Now people do Can Too for reasons other than fundraising. Some do it for the structure of a training program, some do it for weight loss, some do it because they no longer have any friends that aren't in Can Too so they run to socialise. This group is officially at the cult end but they're lovely with it.
|After the half with my delightful Team Captain Paula who ran the whole 23kms |
with me despite the fact she could have walked it faster
And this weekend, I'm joining the MacNiners to run another 9 kilometres after ten weeks of training. It's not going to be a run that makes money - I've been faffing about being team captain this time to give my friends' bank balances a rest - but I'll be running as part of a genuinely decent and supportive group of people. I'll also be running with shingles so I'm going to be at the back - I'm in it to do it, not win it and I want to be part of my team's achievements on Sunday because they have worked really hard and I'm equally thrilled for the ones that have never run and the ones that have run a trillion races - because all of the team are lovely. Like really, really lovely.
|Training in the rain because #thisiscantoo|
and apparently I'm hard core