Cancer Research

Race For Life | Pretty Muddy 2015

So at the weekend the moment finally came for me to head to Finsbury Park , London, join the #PinkArmy and run 5K for Cancer Research's Race For Life Series, Pretty Muddy.

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The clue was in the title but 3K into this pink obstacle course I was wondering where this mud was. It soon came in abundance. 

Race For Life London AJ Odudu

Mud slides, pools of muddy water, tunnels leading to more (you guessed it) mud and even having a group of unsuspecting "helpers" shovel mud onto us, meant that the mud was completely unavoidable. 

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It was lots of fun though. A well sign posted obstacle course, around a beautiful park and so naturally,  I was delighted to be getting muddy for money, helping to raise cash for Cancer Research the only way I know how; running about!

Race For Life London AJ Odudu

There's still plenty of time for you to donate or sign up to a race near you so join in if you dare. You'll get a pretty medal to go with your pretty muddy hand and well deserved it shall be too.

Race for Life AJ Odudu

Lots of earthy love,

AJ 

xoxo


Running Tips for Beginners

Tomorrow I'll be taking to Finsbury Park, London to run 5K as part of the Race For Life Series. To get me in the mood I'm going to the Anniversary Games  to watch the likes of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah at the Olympic Stadium which I'm super excited about. Who could forget that in 2012, in that very stadium, Mo Farah won the 5000M race in a time of 13 minutes and 41 seconds. WOW!

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I won't be going for Olympic Gold, but I will be running for a fantastic cause, Cancer Research. It's a charity close to my heart and one that I have actively supported before during London's Winter Run.   

Running Tips for Beginners

Over this 5K trail, I'm envisioning a muddy obstacle course where I (and thousands of women of any ability) can run, walk, climb or crawl to the finish line, all while dressed in Race for Life's signature colour pink, making it the prettiest event ever! 

To some 5K doesn't seem like much, for many it'll be a huge achievement, especially for such a great cause. So here are some running tips for beginners.

Good luck to everyone running, walking and crawling in pink tomorrow. See you at the finish line!

AJ

XOXO

 

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London Winter Run featuring Selfie Stick

Yesterday, I took part in the London Winter Run along with 15,000 others. It was a stunning 10K route that took us past some of London’s most iconic landmarks including the London Eye, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and back round to Westminster. After warming up and dropping my bag off at the closest Fitness First gym, my friend and I walked over to the start line on Victoria Embankment. That short walk to the start line made me feel as though I’d immediately cooled down and I was beginning to question why on earth I was up on a Sunday morning freezing my fingers off. I soon snapped out of it and remembered that I was conquering the cold weather in aid of Cancer Research.

I knew I wanted to capture as much of the amazing atmosphere as possible, taking in all aspects of the winter themed routes with areas being dubbed as ‘snow zones’, ‘ice caves’ and even polar bear hugs at the finish line and so of course I took my selfie stick and filmed the whole thing on my GoPro. I looked like Inspector Gadget as I weaved in and out of people with my extended arm and as silly as I looked, I was delighted that my selfie stick seemed to put a smile on peoples faces. It certainly distracted me. Instead of thinking about how much further I had to run I was concentrating on “getting the right camera angles” and all the sign posts “in shot”. I mean…I’ve got 10 kilometres worth of selfies!

It was exceptionally good fun with the route being picturesque, fairly flat and the streets filled with thousands of people all heading for the same destination, raising money for the same cause. It really was quite moving. Those who didn’t run cheered and I got to finish the race with my best friend Chris and my selfie stick. Sadly, the race organisers don’t give medals to selfie sticks but if they did, it would have been GoPro gold.

For more information on next year’s Cancer Research London Winter Run, visithttp://winterrunseries.co.uk/