There is a medal for a mini marathon hanging on my wardrobe door! I never thought I would ever type those words – but I just did 🙂
About six weeks ago I had the idea of raising funds for our school by walking the Dublin Mini Marathon. We trained, we met new Mammies, and we got fit! Oh did I mention the ‘venting’ we did as we pounded the pavement – sheer therapy!
Last week disaster struck – I was diagnosed with a throat infection and spent 4 days in bed. It was flu-like and I was completely floored by it. Three days before the marathon I walked for 5 minutes outside our house and almost collapsed with exhaustion. I feared I would never be able to walk 1km never mind 10km.
The actual day of the Mini Marathon was amazing. As we walked along the streets of Dublin getting into our correct section (Joggers – well fast walkers really!) there was such a buzz! It felt like anything was possible. Women unite, we can change the world!!
If I was working I would never have volunteered to organise a group from the school, and if someone had asked me to walk I wouldn’t have had the time. Now I was able to throw myself into it with wild abandon – er…. okay with gusto!
We raised over €2,000 for our school.
There have been a few instances in the last few months where I have been reminded of the power of people working together – the power of community. I never had that feeling when I was in Corporate-ville. Everything was governed by the bottom line.
Yesterday as my jelly legs walked me over the finish line in 1 hour and 43 minutes I felt elated, enthused and bloody knackered.
On our walk around some women were talking of next years 10k, of a 15k walk and some even of walking the marathon!! From small seeds….there are so many positives of redundancy…….lets embrace them!