Hello and welcome back. For a while now I've been thinking about running again, I mean properly running, with the idea of training for something acting as motivation when really I want to stay under the duvet. Yesterdays tragic news from the London Marathon reminds us all how quickly life can be taken. My heart goes out that lady's family and friends. Just as cancer seems to take so many lives, I am sure we all know somebody whose life has been lost or put on hold whilst they fight the dreaded disease, I know I do. So I am seriously considering joining the women at the starting line for the Race for Life. I have just checked on their website and my local Race for Life is on 17 June, will this be long enough to train to run 5k?
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Well I needn't worry because Race For Life sponsors AXA PPP have a fantastic 'be healthy' section on their website for runners of all abilities. Whatever your fitness level AXA PPP have a team of experts to advise and guide you through eating healthily and planning your training. This Thursday (26th April) they are putting their health knowledge to good use by offering runners of all experience the chance to ask the health experts questions in a dedicated runners live chat. You will be able to ask the experts advice about training whatever level you're at, diet and nutrition for runners, taking care of injuries and much more. The program for Thursday is as follows -
10am– 12 noon - AXA ICAS, sports and exercise science expert John Crudington, who has previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness tutor and physiologist.
2pm – 4pm - Personal trainer Lucy Wydham-Read, who has spent the last ten years helping people improve their fitness – even the odd celebrity, and at one point an entire football team!
5pm – 7pm - Nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, who is regularly quoted in the national press and is one of the most influential nutritionists in the UK.
To join the live chat on Thursday at anytime click here
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As if all this support from AXA PPP wasn't enough they are also offering runners in the Race of Life the chance to increase their sponsorship by up to £200 in weekly prize draws. Every Friday, until 3 August 2012, AXA PPP will top up one lucky entrants sponsorship fund by £100 for an individual runner or £200 for an AXA PPP healthcare member (either your own or as part of a corporate scheme). Now that is one more reason to join the Race for Life and help Cancer Research UK even more. All you need to do is raise at least £50 in sponsorship and have a Just Giving page to enter the prize draw.
Are you planning on running in the Race for Life? Be sure to join AXA PPP on Facebook or Twitter for running tips and exclusive updates on special events at the races.
I'm off now to dig out my running shoes!
This post has been brought to you in association with AXA PPP.