Goals are an effective way to maintain focus, measure progress and to provide a positive challenge for individuals living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Goals could also be completing events such as the 5km parkrun…
parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run which takes place in pleasant parkland surroundings. There are currently 47,555 events across 348 locations in the UK with 748,921 runners taking part. This event is a fantastic goal for individuals from your projects to complete. It is safe, fun, challenging and provides a huge sense of achievement and a massive confidence boost.
Michelle is 35 years old and was diagnosed with cancer where she went through chemotherapy treatment for a year. She is part of the Macmillan Berkshire Well-Being Team who signposted her to a parkrun in Maidenhead. The Well-being team had been concentrating on regaining her confidence, muscle strength and energy levels. They set her a goal of running the Maidenhead Park Run. She had walked the route hundreds of times with her dog Eddie but had not run it for 2 years.
I was super proud when I completed my first Park Run in Maidenhead. On the Saturday morning as usual we were up early for swimming lessons and footie training but the kids said ‘Mum we want to come and run with you… Can Eddie come too?’ That’s the dog, ‘we can ask I suppose, lets print you some numbers’ I replied, so off we went.
Off to the start line, full of conversation and nerves 5km… 3.16miles… they said, wow lets see if I make it back before dark! I look around and I see other families, lots of bright colours, some people had all the gear and people like me…a mum… a dog owner… even a dad with a buggy its not cold but I’m shaking with anticipation lets do this and off we go.
It’s two laps of a water way, an area I’ve walked with Eddie a million times but wow did it feel longer. The kids are running off, Kevin is chatting away and I see people smiling and having fun. The front runners were obviously no where to be seen, but I had my little pace and I was sticking to it. Come on Michelle I said we can do this! It’s the second lap and people have over taken me and I too have over taken them but every time I got a ‘good morning’ or a ‘looking good’ big smiles from me. I had a little walk run thing going on now and I was nearly at the end 35 minutes had passed and I was on the home straight, there was one thing keeping me going and that was the offer of a free coffee from Kevin at the pub!
We had finished and in the pub Michelle…Me… a 35 year old lady who was diagnosed with Cancer and pumped with poison for a year had done 5km YES 3.16 miles all in one go a distance I hadn’t done for nearly two years, I had a feeling of success, achievement and so proud of my families support. My Saturdays were about to get better!
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