Late last year, I was asked by a very good friend Rich Pontin to run the London Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK...gulp! Completing a Marathon has been an ambition of mine for many years, so I jumped at the chance. It then sunk in that whilst completing many half marathons, this was going to be a challenge way out of my comfort zone.
Running on behalf of Cancer Research UK means that I need to raise £3,000 in sponsorship, another huge challenge. Although in 2016, I managed to raise £1000 for Cancer Research by competing in a White Collar Boxing event which was an incredible experience. So I had a chat with our social media guru at PIE, Charlie Lee, and she suggested that it would be great to start vlogging on the lead up to the Marathon, another enormous challenge as being in front of the camera is SO far out of my comfort zone.
My Marathon training started in October last year and all was going well. Half marathons were starting to feel ‘comfortable’. Until Boxing Day - when I rolled my ankle during a 15 mile run. Sitting here, writing this, I’m still in pain…yikes. However, although I’m unable to run, I’m keeping up the cardio work and being pushed every day by Charlie to start vlogging as time is ticking. I’m currently trying to suck up the anxiety and nervousness of being on camera, especially filming myself and realised that so many of us go through life living within our comfort zone, especially in our careers and it is actually quite cathartic to really push our boundaries from time to time.
If you would like to help me raise money for this amazing cause then please visit my Just Giving page… https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pontinandwalkerforcruk
The article below talks through some of the emotions I am experiencing right now!
Many of us are on a quest to become a better version of ourselves. We read read books, listen to podcasts...even attend ‘self coaching’ seminars. One of the biggest challenges on this journey is stepping out of your comfort zone. Or, in other words, doing the things that excite you while simultaneously scaring the crap out of you.