The great Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci once said ‘I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet’.
Well I am quite literally running towards a scary challenge and hopefully trampling it beneath my feet by having agreed to run in the London Marathon on the 13th April. I have a healthy respect for the challenge that 26.2 miles poses, and some days in training I do wonder what I was thinking, but I am doing it for a great cause, International Inspiration, the charity that was formed in the wake of the London Olympics.
International Inspiration is a charity that uses sport and exercise to tackle serious social problems in places where human rights and opportunities are often scarce. If I think running 26 miles is a challenge then International Inspiration is the wake up call to what real challenges people all over the world are facing.
If you can give any money to help the charity then please please donate through my JustGiving page. There is a link on the home page of my website. You can make a real difference (and you don’t need to put yourself through 26 miles of pain). You’ll be helping me, and you’ll be helping some wonderful people who desperately need it. Oh and by the way, an interesting and relevant fact for you about Ms Comaneci – the meaning of the name ‘Nadia’ is ‘Hope’.
Find out more about International Inspiration here.