I keep forgetting that I am not as young as I used to be, and last weekend was a true testament to that statement.
I think I managed to make it through the weekend with just under ten hours sleep, and by Sunday night, I was broken.
I hadn’t participated in the Franklin Relay for Life since I was 16 years old. I don’t know what I was thinking when I said yes to doing the early morning shift. I must have thought ‘no problem’, as the last time I participated, I managed to get three hours sleep in someone’s car and was back up, walking from 5am until the final laps!
This time however, when 4am rolled around, I had ditched my sneakers for my socks and jandels (don’t judge me, the blisters were insane) and the call of bed became too much for Kaitlin and I.
Even Tuakau’s Hazel McMillan lapped us! At the tender age of eight years old, Hazel not only completed 115 laps (apparently the equivalent of running a marathon), she also raised over $600! Good job Hazel, your mum and dad must so proud of your efforts!
To be honest though, I am not complaining—the blisters and sore back are only temporary, and cannot compare to the pain that cancer sufferers and survivors have to endure on a regular basis.
Franklin—you are awesome! You managed to raise nearly $200k for the Cancer Society!
PS – Even though I had left it to the last minute, our social media outfits didn’t come out too bad!