Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run – No Excuses – Get Involved

Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run with Avonmore Slimline, August 29th 2015

Great Pink Run - Breast Cancer Ireland - No Excuses / Get Involved

So this arrived in the post the other day – a Great Pink Run pack… no pressure like! Honestly though it took me less than 30 seconds to decide that I was not going to make excuses for myself. It’s so easy to make them. The ones that ran through my head were … I’ve a five month old baby, I haven’t gotten my fitness mojo back, I’m still carrying ‘baby’ weight, I’m out of practice, it’s in three weeks, why did I eat that cake last night? … before I slapped them away with my imaginary wooden spoon.

The Great Pink Run on Saturday August 29th for Breast Cancer Ireland is a very worthy event to be involved in. I’ve mentioned Breast Cancer Ireland here on the blog before but just to give you my brief synopsis of what they do … Breast Cancer Ireland believe in research and awareness. Their aim through awareness, earlier detection and research is to turn what can be a fatal disease into a treatable long-term illness.

Breast Cancer Ireland is a registered charity established to raise significant funding to support pioneering research programmes nationally as well as to promote education & awareness on the importance of breast health amongst women of all ages.

The Great Pink Run on Saturday August 29th includes both a 5K and 10K run. The event takes place in the Phoenix Park and starts from Furze Road, close to Chesterfield Avenue. The 10K Challenge commences at 10.00am and the 5K Family Fun Run starts at 10.40am. Water will be provided for 10K participants at the half way mark and for all finishers. There will also be goody bags, medals and entertainment.

For much more information and more importantly to register just go to the Breast Cancer Ireland website at

Race pack collection will be at the Great Pink Run EXPO Event in RDS Serpentine Hall on Thursday 27th (5pm-9pm) or Friday 28th August 2015 (12.30pm-8pm)

I’ll be taking part in the 5K Family Fun Run and will have Patrick and Smith by my side, and after watching the highlights from last years run … I’m actually really excited about it …

Inside the pack I received the other day were Sonia O’Sullivan’s ‘Top Ten Training Tips for the Great Pink Run.’ Her advice is offered for runners of all levels, ages and abilities and as an Olympic Silver Medalist and one fit lady, I don’t think you’d expect anything less than the best advice …

  1. Aim to get in three runs a week, with the weekend run increasing in distance each week.
  2. Estimate how long it will take you to cross the Great Pink Run finish line. For one of your weekly training sessions spend this amount of time running and/or walking.
  3. Arrange to meet friends or a running group at a regular time a few times each week. Even if you run at different paces, just agreeing to meet will ensure you never miss a run.
  4. Plan your training routes each week and try to change the surface you run on and places that you run. It is so much more inspiring to run in a park or forest away from cars and crossing roads.
  5. A stopwatch is your friend and will provide motivation to increase your training each week and improve your pace.
  6. If you are new to running you are bound to feel a bit sore in the days after a run. This is normal and eventually you will not feel these aches – you just need to keep running and let the body adapt to the new regime.
  7. Stretching is good after running to ease out any aches and pains.
  8. Now is the time to try new shoes or gear to make sure you are comfortable with the fit and have time to make any necessary changes.
  9. Drink plenty of water before and after running and fuel up with fresh fruit and vegetables.
  10. No matter how slow you run, it is faster than walking, so pick those feet up and let the energy flow.

I’m helping to raise money with ‘Just Giving’ so even if you are not available to take part yourself you can always help by donating! My Just Giving page can be found here at

Now I just need to get my act together, prepare for the run and dig out my pink clothing supplies … I’m sure I have a pink wig and tutu! … all in the name of charity and all in the name of fun … The Great Pink Run!

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Edwina O'Connor
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