Today is International Women’s Day… on Twitter everyone is talking about who inspires them, so thought i would join in and let you know who inspire me.
I would have to say the Woman that has inspired me the most in life is unfortunately no longer alive. Jane Tomlinson.
I read her autobiography back in 2005, Jane was told in 2000 that she had approximately 12 months to live, however she lived for another 7 years and in that time she dedicated her life to raising money for charity by competing in marathons and bike rides… she was truly amazing – she made me realise that anything is possible if you try.
I moved into my first house on 1st September 2007, on the 3rd Spetember, i got in from work and the news reader announced that Jane Tomlinson had passed away, i remember feeling so upset because someone special had now left this world. I re-read her autobiography and decided i wanted to try and raise money for charity too.
I had never been fit, i could hardly run 10 meters without wanting to pass out but i thought if Jane could train for marathons with terminal cancer and going through intense chemotherapy, then i could learn to run. I signed up for my local Race for Life soon after. I literally had to teach myself to run, i started by running 30 seconds, walking 2 minutes, then running 1 minute and walking 1 minute and before i knew it, i ran my first 5k race in July 2008 in 34 minutes! Racing conditions were awful, it was torrential rain and muddy, but i loved every minute of it and raised £250 for Cancer Research.
I decided to push myself a little further and signed up for a half marathon the following year and on May 3rd 2009 completed my first half marathon. I went from someone who could not run at all to someone who could run a half marathon in just over a year! I was so proud of myself and don’t think i ever would have believed i was capable of doing so if i had not read Jane Tomlinson’s inspirational book.
I am also proud to say that i ran the same half marathon in 2010 also and managed to raise with all my races combined over £1000 for Cancer Research UK.
Thank you Jane Tomlinson for helping me realise that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself.
Which women inspire you and have they changed your life in anyway? I would love to hear your stories.