I know this is hard to believe but I, yes me, completed a 10km walk for charity. Yes I know, please save your standing ovation til the end of the speech. And I know what some of you are thinking… 10kms? Walking? Pffft whatever, Trevor! That’s nothing!
But let’s just remember who you’re talking to here. I am that person who baulks at the thought of walking to the shop just around the corner. Now, when I was asked if I would partake in this little event, I thought about it for about 5 seconds and said “sure!” (mainly just thinking if I had any social life on that date). Then once I realised what I’d actually said yes to I went to the oh crap phase. You know the one, when you’ve said yes to something that you actually have to follow through with. None of this “yeah sure I’ll come along!” to the neighbours art show, only to avoid them for the entire time leading up to the event then upon seeing them again after the date feigning some sort of work/illness/cat related vet story. “So sorry I missed your crap show, I mean ART show. I was at work then got sick so I had to take my cat to the vet…”
So I signed up, prettied up my online donation page and waited. Nothing happened so I pasted a link to Facebook in the hopes that one of my 473 “friends” would donate something towards this fabulous cause. Nothing. Nada. Useless bunch of so-called friends. Even sent an email to Mum and Dad telling them to donate! I don’t think Dad even realised there was a link in the email that would take you to the webpage, apparently it was all too hard. Plus the first thing he said when I told him what I was doing was “Are you sure you’re just not walking to the pub?” Thanks for the support Pops.
Anyway, so I decidedly forgot about the impending event and just went about my normal, non-exercising life and pretending like nothing was going on. Until I got a week out from the event and realised I was the loser on my team who had no donations. Thought I’d better put in some dollars to make myself look good but so far that was it.. damnit, I was going to have to do some selling here.
Once I sent an email to my “real” friends (all with valid email addresses, none imaginary) I managed to get quite a good response quickly! Including the smart arses having a good laugh at my expense, again with the walking to the pub comments! I think I really need to rethink my social appearances… but within 2 days I’d reached my goal amount and I was chuffed! Once again I realised that I really did have to go ahead with this as I think raising money for charity and not going through with the deal is high on the list as valid entry for HELL. So I did it. But it wasn’t that easy. Well, kinda.
I suppose the worst thing about it was that it was gosh darn bloody freezing! And a Sunday. Day of rest. Walking around a lake in winter is probably not the best idea. Even with 5,000 other people. These people will not keep you warm. They just get in your way of trying to walk as quickly as possible without doing your hip in. Second of all, kids and dogs should not be allowed to run off the leash. And yes I mean kids too. And the kid on the scooter, seriously punk I am this close to giving you a swift kick in that lake and let the swans nibble at your tiny brain. And what about the people running in the wrong direction!? Really, I know you do this every Sunday cos you need to keep yourself busy as you don’t have a social life, but as you can see there are 5,000 people walking in the opposite direction to you…choose another path or I will trip you over.
But really, it wasn’t a very eventful task, pretty stock standard walking really, so there’s not even much else I can tell you about. Nothing even remotely interesting happened! Though me and my 2 walking companions pretty much talked about food the entire 10kms and made ourselves so hungry that we ended up having a mad cook up and some wine when we finished just to reward ourselves, so really the walking didn’t even do much for me health wise… But I did feel that blood pumping through the legs and once you got used to that damn fresh air it was quite nice to be outdoors and feeling good for doing something different on a Sunday instead of crawling around the house whilst hungover looking for Panadol and Powerade to get you feeling human again.
I must admit though, I did take the easy route and chose the walk option instead of the run so I got lucky this time around. And I do feel good about raising money for charity. I’ve always donated to charities when possible but giving your money is one thing. Donating your time, money and raising awareness to something else. So I challenge everyone to do some event like this in their lifetime. And I promise next year the run part will be considered…I promise!
I must admit though, I did take the easy route and chose the walk option instead of the run so I got lucky this time around. And I do feel good about raising money for charity, I’ve always donated to charities when possible but giving your money is one thing. Donating your time, money and raising awareness to something else. So I challenge everyone to do some event like this in their lifetime. And I promise next year the run part will be considered…I promise!