It's time to GO-GO-GLOW
Tonight is the night of the 'Twilight Run' - the Race for Life:
the moment you've all been waiting for!
And my Things of Thankful will be aaaaaaaaaaaall about it
Because it is FINISHED :D
1. I'm very thankful for Husby's support in helping me come up with an idea to be 'glowy' and for getting the glowsticks and spending AGES gluing them all together into a long line, and a part for a crown.
It was a great effort, but sadly it all fell apart even as I tried to get wrapped up in them, so I improvised. Then 500m into the run, it all fell off, and I had to carry it, and about halfway around the course, I was so fed up of carrying a perpetually near-to-escaping bundle of glowsticks that I dumped them all in a bin.
2. I'm really grateful that my CinemaFriend (who is, by the way, a hardcore vlogger, and who made a VIDEO of me (more on that tomorrow)) came over to support me, to cheer me on, and to video my efforts.
3. THE MOOOOONNNNNEEEEEYYYYYYY! And really, the whole point - to support Cancer Research UK as they battle against all types of cancer. They gave us some statistics tonight after our warm-up;
Eight out of 10 women now survive breast cancer for more than five years, compared with five out of 10 women in the 1970s
Thanks to our generous supporters and heroic researchers, childhood cancer is a success story in the UK. Back In the 1960s, only around a quarter of children with cancer survived. Today, three quarters are cured and our work has been at the heart of this amazing progress.
Thanks to our supporters, testicular cancer is one of research’s great success stories. Today more than nine out of ten men are cured, compared to only around seven out of ten in the 1970s.
Compared to the 1970s, twice as many people today survive non-Hodgkin lymphoma for at least 10 years, and people with leukaemia are four times as likely to survive. And four out of five people can now expect to survive Hodgkin's lymphoma for 10 years or more, compared to fewer than half of patients in the 1970s.Because of YOU GUYS, this run raised over £580 to go towards the cause. Thank you so much.
And the reason for it all (for me) begins right here, with Dyanne...
4. There was a super-fun warm-up before the event, as we waited for it to get properly dark so that everyone's glowsticks and fairy lights and running lights and fairy wings and flashing ears and ANYTHING sparkly would show up well. Some gym-bunnies were up on the stage teaching us a Bollywood-style aerobics session thing. Which was way fun. And certainly warm. And left me with a TOTAL earworm, but a great one - come and listen here, then read the rest. See if you get it stuck in your brain, too!
|This was my 'lotus' something...|
5. I'm thankful for all the volunteers and stewards who were positioned liberally throughout the course wearing lights and big foam hands and giant glowsticks to point the way through the VERY dark pathways. They cheered us on, shouted encouragement to the runners, told us how many km were left to run, and directed us through the course. They were super.
6. I am thankful for my trainers, which ran me through it, the few glowsticks I did manage to retain about my person, my race number and 'reason' panel, and MY MEDAL! Yes - I got a bona fide MEDAL for doing this :D
7. My TIME! I was utterly amazed and astonished and SO pleased to finish the 5k in 32 minutes, 15 seconds. WOW! I really didn't think I'd be able to do it, but I managed to get to the front of the 'pack' and (largely) stay there. Although I was passed by a great many runners, I'm pretty definite that I came in the top 100 (out of over 800 people)
8. HOT SHOWER! 'nuff said.
9. And a BIG
10. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand gorgeous home-cooked chilli burritos for dinner, sat in front of Happy Feet, with my CinemaFriend, being chill and gradually getting over the aches and fatigues of the race.
So....see you tomorrow for the video? :D
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