Confessions of a Northern Girl

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Confessions of a Northern Girl

Hi - my name is Sara & I am a couch potato. Well, I was until this year when I  decided to get fitter, and actually started to do something about it.

There's no excuse for me, I really should know better. I was fit at school doing best at cross country & long distance running, but then life kind of catches up with you. Before I knew it I was in my late 20's with the start of a fine beer gut wondering what happened!

I have a strong family history of diabetes and decided this year I needed to do something about my increasing BMI (only up to 27, but high enough). I should know better - I work as a Renal Doctor in a Manchester Hospital, but it goes to show that all of us turn a blind eye when it comes to ourselves.

On a daily basis I see how hard it is for patients to live with kidney disease - especially those on dialysis. There are positives too - its truly a privilege to be involved in seeing someone through their transplant surgery and helping them to resume as near to a normal life as possible - whatever that is. Kidney disease is not famous, its not sexy & it doens't always get the research funding I believe it needs.

Rates of kidney disease are increasing and the life expectancy of a young person on dialysis (without a transplant) is similar to an 80 year old not on dialysis. I would like to see us improve that - a lot.

So, I am doing the Manchester 10k and raising funds for National Kidney Research. I have set a brave target of £400.

I may have to crawl round, but if I do it'll be one of the most spirited crawls ever seen! And the BMI is down to 25!

www.justgiving.com/sarafurness

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new year,back to square one

so, despite my determination to proceed, a car accident and a neck injury put a stop to all that and I find myself back nearly at square 1. Well, not quitr - I am still better than when I started last year but I am building up all ove...

On my return...

Ok, got back from Jamaica on Wednesday and straight back to work Thursday. I have kind of coped with the jetlag but I am definately out of condition and really feeling it. It was far too hot to do anything other than hide in shade and...

Pass The Kleenex!

I've been a bit lazy this week, so I arrive home from work with big plans to improve my running. Firstly I have found running in heat tough - my solution to set off earlier rather than wait till 8pm. Secondly I want to improve my stam...

Moving On

So, given the fact my run was funny I have done som work on my gait & think I have cracked it. I did the Race for Life today. I only booked it 10 days ago - haven't managed to raise any sponsorship money because I have only just d...

Retail therapy

Well, I should have known better I suppose. Still, in the excitement a personalised race video seemed a really good idea - & a snip at £7.50. Ouch. A video 2 minutes long.  The build up is good - theres some general race shots the...

Wow - Managed it....

So, I woke today with an aching right foot (where did that come from?) and very, very nervous. Training in the last 2 weeks? Very poor indeed. I hadn't managed to run at all in the previous 2 weeks, though I had cycled & swam. As ...

The Fear Factor

I got my race pack today. I'm in the Pink wave so no pressure anyway! I was slightly disturbed to find if I take 2 hours they re-open the road! I am actually quite nervous now - I have never run competitively & I am really struggl...

Full of the joys of spring

I don't know why it took me so long to find this site! To plan a route I've been driving round trying to estimate using the car - but that hasn't been too easy & I am concious it is a complete waste of fuel - not the best way to s...

Late Start

I am late to this - since I only have 3 weeks to go. Still, being someone who likes a challenge I have certainly set myself one - I am juggling a very busy job, with a conference scheduled, plus rehearsals for a Band competition on the 19th of Ma...

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Hi - my name is Sara & I am a couch potato. Well, I was until this year when I  decided to get fitter, and actually started to do something about it. There's no excuse for me, I really should know better. I was fit at school doing...