Four years ago today I ran a half marathon. I vowed never to run again! My toes bled, I couldn’t walk for days…
So what am I doing this weekend? Yup. You guessed it! I’m running another half marathon!
On Sunday I will be joining 57,000 others at the starting line of the Great North Run in Newcastle City Centre, before dragging myself through 13.1 miles of blood, sweat and tears to the seafront in South Shields. (Can you tell I’m looking forward to it?!)
I didn’t sign up for this lightly. But I’m doing it for a cause and that makes it just that little easier. By putting myself through a difficult few hours I can help people who have to go through physical difficulty on a daily basis.
I am running in aid of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research to say thank you for all the support they gave my cousin and her family in 2016 when after life altering surgery and a lengthy stay at Stoke Mandeville Hospital with intense rehabilitation, she was able to return home to her three beautiful children able to walk. The whole family are so grateful for all the help she received, it only seems fair that we can try and give something back.
So here I am. Two days before lacing up my trainers and setting out. And to be honest, I’m terrified. I haven’t trained as much as I should have or could have. But I will do it. My cousin was so strong and resilient during such difficult times, I can’t even imagine having to be that strong. This is just a fraction of what she, and so many others go through. A few hours of discomfort to try and relieve another family of the pain of life after paralysis.
Wish me luck!
For more information about the charity, please visit: http://lifeafterparalysis.com/
If you would like to sponsor me, the link is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kathrynjacksongnr (Guess this page isn’t quite so anonymous anymore!)