Run­ning with ter­mi­nal can­cer by Kevin Web­ber

Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH - Kev

THIS week I am travelling to Al­ba­nia for my next big run­ning race. It prom­ises to be an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence that will take me out of my com­fort zone and test me in so many ways.

I have run many UK races and whilst they are of­ten tough there is much that I am fa­mil­iar with, like lan­guage, cus­toms, food, peo­ple, cli­mate etc.

This race has lit­tle of that for me. I know noth­ing about Al­ba­nia apart from the fact that it was com­mu­nist-ruled un­til 1991, had an upris­ing later that decade, and has been un­sta­ble po­lit­i­cally since. Ap­par­ently its ar­mouries have been reg­u­larly ran­sacked over the years so that lots of civil­ians have guns and many of those are Soviet au­to­mat­ics!

Also, Eng­lish in not widely spo­ken, their cus­toms are very dif­fer­ent to ours and the race it­self is six days, climb­ing 24,000ft in re­mote ar­eas and run­ning through World Her­itage sites like Berat and Butrint.

So this is a chal­lenge like no other I have un­der­taken. On top of that there are only 43 run­ners from 20 coun­tries, a real melt­ing pot of a race. Once my race day nerves have gone, I re­ally can’t wait to get my teeth into it.

I do these races to push my­self to show peo­ple with prostate can­cer like me or any ad­ver­sity in their lives that you should never give up.

I won­der when you last did some­thing out­side your com­fort zone, as I prom­ise you it’s an ex­hil­a­rat­ing feel­ing once you jump in.

Why not be brave this week and do some­thing a lit­tle scary and dif­fer­ent and use the ex­pe­ri­ence as a force for good?

Un­til next week,

In Al­ba­nia a lot of civil­ians have guns and many of those are Soviet au­to­mat­ics

TRAIN­ING: For the moun­tains of Al­ba­nia in the Bre­con Bea­cons

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