My darling husband Rowley was passionate about his running. It made him so happy to be able to run and set himself new challenges. Sadly he suffered a fatal heart attack last October, just one day after completing the Yorkshire marathon and my life changed in an instant.
Rowley had always hoped that I might one day become a runner and I had got as far as downloading the C25K podcasts before he died. I was a great supporter of his running, and was there at the finish line for him but I didn't even own a pair of trainers! In fact, I'm know for my complete dislike of exercise! After his death, I decided that I wanted to run a race in his memory, so started on the C25K programme. I soon discovered that I have arthritis in my knee, so running was put on hold while I worked on strengthening my knee joint and I went for my first run outside in April this year.
Thanks to the fabulous support and belief from Charlie at the gym, I somehow find myself in the entry list for the Great North Run. It was an event Rowley always wanted to enter, so I'm sure he had a hand in my winning a place! It's all his fault! I'll be running with Charlie and a couple of other girls from the gym and I'm planning on enjoying it! It won't be fast but I'm determined to cross that finish line with a smile on my face. I'm sure Rowley will be there with me, pretty surprised and hopefully very proud of me too.
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