I never ran in my life. It was always something I believed I couldn’t do or was not able for. Peter my personal hero and father in law on the other hand has run the Dublin Marathon several times- a legend. Now he faces PSP.
As I watch this strongman’s mobility slip away I am overwhelmed by his bravery. Simultaneously, I am constantly reminded not to take this beautiful gift of mobility that I still have for granted.
April 2017, I decided to run in honour of Peter. I took one step at a time, I push myself beyond what I believe I could do, and I endured the pains and enjoyed every bit of it!
I completed my first 10K run ever at the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in June and my first half marathon ever with Rock n’ Roll in August and like Peter, I ran the Dublin Marathon. Crossing the line in October 2017- I was exhausted but elated!
On this impossible six month journey from couch to Marathon, I was not only inspired by Peter’s bravery, but also utterly overwhelmed by the support and positivity I received from so many people.
It was an absolute pleasure to help raise awareness for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and raise almost €4000 for PSPA Ireland, a group of wonderful people that help both people with PSP and their close ones.
Thank you to everyone that has contributed financially, supported me along the way, given me words of encouragement. I could not have achieved this without you, one of the proudest days of my life!
Congratulations to Kim on reaching her goal – a wonderful achievement and an inspirational journey in honour of Peter a much loved father in law.
If you have been inspired by Kim’s determination and want to donate to her page:
Closing date 29th January 2018