Choose to Support Me

I’m running the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon again.

After a late start this year I started training using the Couch to 5K training programme from I’ve Elana to thank for putting me on to this. She tweeted that she was thinking of running the Mini-Marathon and C25K. I thought C25K referred to a race where you run 25 Kilometers. I was suitably impressed; and convinced it was nothing I could aspire to.

Then I googled it and realised that C25K actually stands for “Couch to 5K” – that sounded a lot more my style! What’s more the training regime is based on interval training, building up stamina and fitness over a period of nine weeks. In addition, my iPod Nano could get a dusting-down and earn its keep because each week’s training ritual had been organised as a podcast.

I downloaded the podcasts from and have been bopping / jogging to techno music for the past four weeks. I catch myself humming some of the tunes during the day!

What has amazed me even more is how much I love going for my runs: I get  up at six in the morning, throw on my leggings, t-shirt and runners; and head out the gate with the largest of our three dogs. I decided she needed more exercise, as much as I do; and she’s so eternally grateful for (what she sees as) spending quality time with me, she keeps trying to jump up on me as I’m running.

As I did last year, I’m running the Flora Mini-Marathon on behalf of Crumlin Medical Reseach Fund (CMRF). To give you the quick re-cap: I’ve a personal reason for feeling endebted to the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Six years ago my nephew needed open-heart surgery within a few days of being born. He’s now the healthiest, heartiest five-year-old you could imagine; with a cheeky grin and readiness for mischeif. The care he received when he was in Crumlin was second-to-none; the staff are awe-inspiring; incredibly 50% of the equipment was purchased using private donations. It’s shocking!

My sister vowed to run the Mini-Marathon for 20 years for the CMRF by way of thanks for her son’s life and well-being. I’m hoping that if I run a few of them too it will help her reach her goal. If you’d like to sponsor me for a few bob please click on the following link:

Thank you for reading and especially if you donated.


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