Live: Pick n Pay Women’s 5km Walk
I found myself standing on a very familiar lawn at about 7am on Saturday morning. There were a lot of pink t-shirts around me and the excitement in the air was tangible. The pulse of the thumping base made me wonder how many languages the residents around Eden on the Bay were cursing in while the DJ insisted on screaming as if he didn’t have a microphone to speak into.
First up we had an energizing warm up with one of the Curves instructors while we all tried to move like Shakira amongst awkward giggles and side eyes. Unfortunately the warm up finished while we still had another 10 minutes to wait before we started our 5km walk which gave the DJ more time shout and try and establish who was there was Bonteheuwel. He asked this a number of times so he was clearly a huge fan of one of the poorer communities in the Cape Flats.
Finally we all gathered near the start and after being told for the millionth time that running was not allowed, we set off. We walked in aid of those who fight the good fight against breast cancer as well as those who have survived while remembering those who had passed on. On my way to the race I found myself very emotional, fighting back tears from the time I left home to the time I started walking. While I am not directly affected by breast cancer in my family, I felt like I was walking on behalf of my mom who is battling a different kind of cancer.
Cancer makes me want to scream and shout and swear and kick and bite. The unfairness of who it strikes, the stomach turning treatment and the eagerness at which it comes back makes me wish that it was not an illness that exists. Early detection is still your best bet so PLEASE get to know your body so that you immediately know if something is wrong and DON’T ignore the symptoms. You can beat it!
Before I sign off I wanted to give you an update as to what is happening with my Adventure Boot Camp journey. I am halfway through my second camp and I would like to think I’m not imagining that my clothes are fitting better and I have more endurance when I walk and run.
My boot camp trainer is leaving at the end of this camp and as it stands, we don’t know who will take her place. She has been away since last Thursday and the replacement trainer was disinterested and distant preferring to train a personal training client alongside our boot camp session. I mean, why not earn two incomes in 1 hour!?
So last Thursday was the last session I have been to and I’m grateful that I took a day of rest of Friday since I did the 5km walk on Saturday. I’m taking another day off today in preparation for tomorrow. What happens tomorrow you might want to know…well, have a look here, I’ll wait.
I know! WTF am I thinking? I’m already freaking myself out and worried I will walk out of the studio after my trial class looking and feeling like I just “fell down the stairs”. I won’t cancel and I’ll let you know if this turns out to be the replacement I need for boot camp. Eek!