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Setting up a challenge by Kate Hardy

Kate HardyThis is the year I’ve set myself a challenge. One that I have a sneaking suspicion might actually be a little bit much for me, but I’m still going to try. Wait for it. Wait for it… I’m going to run the 10km Race for Life (for Cancer Research) in May.

Now, I’m not a runner. Give me a three-hour dance aerobics class or HIIT session, and I’d do it happily. But the idea of having to run for about 75 minutes… Um. That’s hard. I’ve never done that before. When I did the 5k, six years ago, it was half walk, half jog.

But it’s for a really good cause. Someone I love very much is going through chemo at the moment, and although I offered to shave my hair in solidarity she banned me from doing that 🙂 So this was my alternative solution: raising money for cancer research by doing something I am really, really not good at. To be honest, I’m terrified that I’m going to fall flat on my face and hurt myself. Especially as I already have a dodgy knee and a frozen shoulder.

So the next step was seeing a physiotherapist. (Knee fixed and has the green light for my training plan of couch to 5K, then add three minutes to every run after that until I hit 10k. Shoulder is going to take a bit longer.)

It would be lovely to be able to listen to music while I run. (I train at the gym, on the treadmill, when I’d much rather be bouncing about with a step and dumb-bells and a skipping rope.) But I can’t use headphones – without my hearing aids, I’d need my phone on full volume, which would obviously do more damage. I am however going to see the local deaf association’s assistance clinic this week, because they might be able to set me up with a gizmo that works with my phone and streams the music to my hearing aids. That would be immensely cool and I have my fingers crossed.

So. Challenge there. Mountain to conquer. And if anyone would like to sponsor me even 50p (because I know money is tight), or just wish me luck, I’d really appreciate it. My fundraising page is here (opens in a new page) and if anyone has great ideas for good music to run to, I’m all ears!

imageKate’s latest book is Heart Surgeon Prince… HUSBAND!

Luciano Bianchi is a top heart surgeon—but as a future king he’s expected to rule, not operate! To convince his family that saving lives is where his heart lies, he proposes a temporary convenient marriage to his new colleague, workaholic cardiologist Kelly Phillips. Of course there’s no risk of either of them falling in love—until their whirlwind ‘romance’ starts to feel tantalisingly real!

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3 thoughts on “Setting up a challenge by Kate Hardy”

  1. Good luck with the running. Sadly, it’s not my thing. I am so clumsy I would fall flat on my face, plus with my rheumatoid arthritis, my joints would protest! I admire your attempts to do it .Hoping they can figure out something for your hearing aids. Could you do onee ear hearing aid, one ear earbud?
    I lost one of my nursing colleagues on Friday to cancer. She had battled it for over 15 years off and on. In July she said enough. So sad to lose a vital, kind hearted soul. Cancer is such an ugly thing. I wish your friend ell, and you success in training!

    1. Hugs, Laurie – very hard to lose your friend, and she clearly fought it so hard! Thank you for the good wishes 🙂 xxx

  2. Go you Kate, running or any type of exercise is out of the question for me these days I am hoping that soon someone will be able to do something about my back and I will at least be able to get out there and walk again.

    I wish you well because cancer sucks big time one of my close friends had her first round of chemo on Monday and a mastectomy in December I don’t think there is anyone that has not been affected by cancer, and I know you can do this Hugs

    Have Fun

    Helen

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