“I want to set­tle a dis­agree­ment. So I’m run­ning up a moun­tain”

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Columnist - Carrie Bick­more

So, I’m cur­rently train­ing for the World’s Tough­est Half Marathon – 21km straight up

Mount Welling­ton in Tas­ma­nia. “Oh, I never knew Carrie was a marathon run­ner?” I hear you say.

I am not. Far from it! I a m a wo man who hates be­ing told she might not be able to do some­thing. So when a friend re­cently joked that there is no way I’d be able to make it up to the top, I signed up the next day. The prob­lem with be­ing wired this way is you agree to do things be­fore hav­ing the skills to com­plete the task.

Like when I de­cided to put on a big con­cert with Ed Sheeran to launch my Car­ries Bean­ies 4 Brain Can­cer foun­da­tion… only I didn’t know Ed Sheeran. I asked – or should I say ha­rassed – my mu­sic con­tacts to help me achieve my dream, but it was pretty much show­time and I still wasn’t con­fi­dent he’d be there. (Spoiler alert: he showed up, of course, be­cause he is awe­some and he smashed it out of the park, like I in­tend to do up this lit­tle moun­tain.) I think part of my mo­ti­va­tion to lug my sorry arse up the hill is to set­tle a dis­agree­ment. Last year while I was pre­par­ing to give birth to my third child, my part­ner Chris was train­ing to run his first marathon. (Al­low me to e m p h as i se,o nce again ,t hat we are not marathon run­ners.)

Whether it was an early midlife cri­sis or a way of avoid­ing his grumpy preg­nant part­ner and the house­work for hours a week, I am not 100 per cent cer­tain ex­actly what his mo­ti­va­tion was, but he sure was de­ter­mined. Mid­way through train­ing he de­clared that per­haps run­ning a marathon is harder than giv­ing birth.

Now, Chris is not an id­iot. He knew what he was do­ing, pok­ing the swollen, sore, short-tem­pered bear. “How ridicu­lous!” I de­clared, and im­me­di­ately hooked him up to a labour sim­u­la­tor and watched his con­vic­tion dis­solve be­fore my eyes.

But as I stood on the side­line at the 20-kilo­me­tre mark of his marathon (he still had half the run to go) watch­ing his life­less chafed body shuffle past me, I gen­uinely won­dered whether he might be right.

It looked hor­ren­dous.

Given he can’t ever know the pain, sorry, joy of giv­ing birth, I guess I will have to be the one to test that the­ory. Al­though I am only do­ing half a marathon, it is straight up a moun­tain, so I think it’s an even play­ing field.

“I am a woman who hates be­ing told she might not be able to do some­thing”

I also know how for­tu­nate I am to have a healthy, work­ing body, and I want to put that body to the test. So along with 20 close friends and fam­ily (also non-marathon run­ners), we are go­ing to spend the next three months do­ing hill train­ing. I don’t know what you have planned for your next three months, but doesn’t hill train­ing sound fun?

Oh, and I have booked the af­ter­party (mi­nus Ed Sheeran), so I sim­ply have to make it up the hill…

Carrie co-hosts The Project, 6.30pm week­nights on Net­work 10, and Carrie & Tommy, 3pm week­days on the Hit Net­work. If you’d like to get be­hind Carrie’s marathon, visit car­ries­bea­nies4brain­cancer.com.

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