Amy's journey - blog 4
Posted on June 29th 2018 by Amy Murphy
Thanks for stopping by to read my fourth blog piece – for the RMCC website. I hope you are all well and achieving all your fitness goals!
Well today (26 June) is my 40th birthday!!! This means that I now only have a little over a hundred days to go until the Commando Challenge event … and you know what, I cannot wait. I am literally buzzing with excitement, ok … and maybe a few anxious nerves.
Training has been going – dare I say it without jinxing myself – brilliantly this past month, and I am fairly confident that I am back to full strength and running the distances I was before the lurgy got hold of me earlier in the year. To celebrate turning 40 I have this evening done a 4 ½ mile treadmill run at the gym … just to burn off the 3 rounds of birthday cake I’ve eaten today!
I am absolutely thrilled with the support I have received so far and have now topped over £500 in sponsorships – well on my way to reaching my target. I cannot begin to thank those who have sponsored me and I can’t help but get a little choked up when I try to tell people how much their support means to me. As I may have mentioned before, this event is a personal challenge for me … probably the biggest I have ever undertaken and it is not something that I have taken on lightly. But in addition to the personal reasons for wanting to do this event and raise a shed-load of money for it, is because I come from a military family and I know how important the support system is for our men and women in service when they come home from deployment or leave the services or worse, are injured and needing to adjust to a life very different from that they once knew. And the work of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, like many other Air Ambulance Trusts across the UK, saves lives every single day … collectively these charities change lives and I want to know that I have done my bit to help them.
It is amazing how this event has given me something to focus on and has enabled me to see that I am a priority in my own crazy hectic life … I know that must sound really naff, but I am sure I am not alone when I say that I think a lot of us let the days rolls by when we think about and give time to everything else but ourselves – I needed this shift in focus more than I ever thought I would and am so grateful to Sarah B and Naomi at RMCC HQ for their never-ending support and encouragement and mostly, for believing in me!
Last week I was uber excited to receive my DAA T-Shirt from Naomi and I will be proudly wearing this out and about on my runs … its bright red so you won’t be able to miss me!
In true Amy fashion, I always try to close these blogs with some words of wisdom and I thought that turning 40 would bring me a wealth of wisdom that was just waiting for the right time to shine through … this may not be the case. But what I do know is this; when I am chasing the person I see in the glass in front of me in the gym, or I am being chased by the shadow behind me, chasing or being chased is something I never thought I could do … but I can and I am and I will continue to do so. Training for this event has made me believe that I can do anything I want to if I work hard and believe harder … I think this can apply to all of us in varying levels, so dig deep, stay true to your goals and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or wont do it … whatever “it” is! I believe in me now, and if I can do it, anyone can.
Thanks for sharing this journey with me!
See you at the finish line!
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