Cancer sufferer Fran Venter’s road to London part 3

Fran’s Road to London

Virgin Active employee Fran Venter (product and training manager) will be running the London Marathon for Charity (Ma’Afika Tikkun) on 17 April. What makes Fran’s story different is she has been diagnosed with lung, liver and brain cancer and will be running the race despite the illness. She has just completed her chemo treatment and has been training really hard to achieve her fitness goals. In a series of blog posts, Fran will be updating you on her progress every two days leading up to the race.

Saturday 9 April 2011:   
What a beautiful day in Cape Town! I had an easy 10km run in Blouberg admiring the mountain – I’m going to miss this view when I’m in the UK. It was a very comfortable run and went well.  

Sunday 10 April 2011:
Today I did the Spar Ladies 10km race in Bellville. I started the race with 19,573 other ladies and, ahem…”ladies”.  It was extremely hot, even at 8:00 in the morning. My pacing let me down again and what should have been an easy run started out as close to a sprint as you can get.  My great running partner reigned me in thankfully, and the race turned into an enjoyable run dodging people, prams and dogs! With this number of participants, injury is a much higher risk and you need to be aware of your surroundings the whole time and keep an eye out for obstacles. The run went well and I’m on track for London.

Monday 11 April 2011:
I’m busy getting ready to leave for London tomorrow. I’m looking at all the medication I need to take with me and at this rate, I think I may be stopped by the narcotics bureau before I even take off. I have one more strength and stretch session tonight, my last one before I leave at 12h00 for Johannesburg and then head on to Heathrow.

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