Hi all, This time next week I will be making my way to the start line for the Great North Run. I have trained and built up my distance by walking almost every day in all weathers since my place was confirmed on January 9th. I have still never walked the full 13.1 miles, but having managed 11 miles a few weeks ago I think I will be OK on the day. I cannot run and need 6LPM oxygen to walk at a decent pace, so I may be one of the last to finish but that's OK. I am doing this not for athletic acheivement but to help raise awareness of COPD. I have had a T.Shirt printed with 'COPD The Fight For Breath' to get the basic message across and of course wearing my oxygen will make it pretty obvious what COPD is about . I have had ribbons printed up with names of people from around the world whose lives have been taken prematurely by COPD and these will be hanging from my oxygen backpack, wrists and anywhere else I can fit them. I am also raising money for the BLF, they have been a great support, liaising with the Great North Run organisers who initially had reservations about the oxygen 'logisitics' (i will need 'refuelling' along the way). I will be happy to fall into the BLF hospitality tent at the end of the race for a massge and a cuppa!
I am going to try and add a pic or two but when I tried the other day I couldn't do it If it doesn't work this time I will post a few pics later in seperate posts... The race will be televised next Sunday - in the morning they will show the top athlete runners and wheelchair race - and I think its around tea time when they show us 'ordinary folk' and the ones in fancy dress etc. I doubt you will see me among the 57,000 throng, but I will be there somewhere Wish me luck .. I need it!! Thanks, Vanessa