Cancer, Running, & Me

Lakeside, Doncaster: one of my favourite walking and running spots

I’ve blogged before about running, and cancer, though not at the same time. The former has been a part of my life, on and off – more off than on, of late – since elementary school. Running was about the only physical activity I was any good at. This stayed with me throughout university, where my attempt at karate was pitiful, to say the least. Jogging, and folk dance, went better.

Cancer only came into my life in 2016, when I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. It was a shock, and though I went through the treatment process well, it obviously didn’t go as swimmingly as it appeared. As writer friend Nimue Brown put it, cancer “pokes at our mortality issues”.

I’ve run the Race for Life many times, first in Sheffield, and later in Doncaster. This year will be the first time I’ve taken part since my own diagnosis.

Running the Race is part of my unwritten (1) list of New Year’s Resolutions. They are:

  1. Get vaccinated against Covid 19
  2. Run a 5k (Race for Life)
  3. Run a 10k (Percy Pud, a hilly run up and down rural Sheffield (2)
  4. Finish the detective novel
  5. Join the Romantic Novelists’ Assoc. (RNA) New Writers’ Scheme (3)
  6. Submit some of my writing for publication and/or pay
  7. Get a new job
  8. Revive the “Book It!” radio show if possible

Fulfilling 2 & 3 above mean training. I’ve set myself the goal of walking/jogging three days a week, preferably weekdays, so I can slob about at weekends.

Just now, I’m waiting for my husband to come back from food shopping so I can go out for a walk/jog – I’ve done very little running, so far. I’ve recently acquired a pair of “running gloves”, part of my attempt to get more kitted out. Also, it’s cold out there.

If you’d like to encourage me on my quest to get fitter, and less creaky, feel free to do so by turning out at Town Fields, Doncaster, to watch me not finish last (4). Even better, why not join me, wherever you may be, and run yourself? (5) Finally, you can donate to my “Just Giving” page at:

Whatever your resolutions for 2021 may be, I wish you well: in body, and in mind.

Another view of Lakeside

(1) Until now
(2) So called because you receive a Christmas pudding if you finish
(3) I tried, but was too late registering
(4) The last two races I participated in were both 10ks, and I finished last both times. I did finish, however!
(5) I’d love some company

About Sheila N

Enough about me. Art by Tom Brown.
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2 Responses to Cancer, Running, & Me

  1. Nimue Brown says:

    good to focus on what can be done, i think, and often the only way not to be totally overwhelmed.

  2. Kim says:

    I wish you well in 2021 too, in body and mind. I was confronted lately with my own thing, medical but certainly nothing like what you faced – for me, more of my body aging and failing, not mortal, but life-changing potentially. We’ll see how it goes. But it gives me pause and roots out what stupid things I’ve been fretting over until now. (If there is a good side to any of this). Btw, I just got “What! No Pudding?” on my Kindle and am *loving* the energy in your writing. Keep running, beautiful friend!

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