Twenty eight days ago, a couple of friends from BodyCombat told me they had signed up for the Combatathon events to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support. I was excited but apprehensive when I signed up. Three hours of continous Combat. What was I thinking?
The only thought I kept in my mind was, I was pushing my limits to see how far I can go. I want to know if I can do 3 hours in the name of charity and in memory of my dear friend, Njeri, who passed all too soon at the age of 36. I was raising money for a good cause so I went in with a sense of humour, bottles of Lucozade and water, a bag of strawberry bon bons (for that energy boost to keep going) and my trusty ol’ grass skirt which I pledged to wear if I raised £500.
I arrived quite early and got changed while the staff at Meadowbank Leisure Centre were setting up the registration tables and the instructors were preparing the room. I didn’t know anybody else that was attending except my fellow Combat warrior from weekly class, but some of the others I met through said friend were nice and welcoming. It was a sight to see when 6:00pm came around and the Combatathon kicked off. All 80+ participants were full of energy and were ready to fight. Me included!
The one motto for BodyCombat is: One tribe. When you’re in a class of maximum 25 people, you get some who are fighting martial arts style, some who are attending the class for fun. Not everyone is doing it the same way, but when you’ve got so many people attending the Combatathon in the name of charity or a loved one who was affected by cancer, you really do feel like one tribe.
After the first hour, we all felt good. Classes are normally an hour long, so it was nice to take a break to refuel. I was glad that we were actually given a brief break, apparently the Tuesday 2-hour session was really non-stop! By the middle of the second hour though, I lost track of which track we were on and was surprised when it finished quite quickly and we were refuelling again to finish the last hour. I tried to give it my all during the tracks that really motivate me, but by the time ‘Kryptonite’ came on, I had to really push myself to do the running man at the end, but I did it and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
I managed to make it through the 3 hours without taking too much time out to refuel, although I admit I was having trouble catching my breath by the second hour. Man, was I tired afterwards though! I wasn’t bone-dead tired like I thought I would’ve been, but I was really glad to know that was the last hour and everyone couldn’t agree more.
This was right after the third hour was done
Surprisingly, I wasn’t too sore the next day. I think the next morning I was still running on an endorphin high, but after I got to work my back started to ache. The day after, my repetitive knee injury started to kick in so I’ve been trying to take it easy since and not overwork myself, but it was all worth it. I was raising money for a good cause and the amount of support I’ve received from family and friends superceded what I was expecting to raise in Njeri’s name. I’m not planning on doing another one anytime in the next 4 months, but I’ll definitely be thinking about it for next year!
I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who have been so supportive of my participation in the 3-hour Combat Cancer Combatathon. With everyone’s support, on behalf of myself, Njeri’s family and Macmillan Cancer Support, I want to say a big thank you for the collective £947.11 raised so far. This includes:
Angus and Lena
Diane and da Posse
Micere Githae Mugo (my dear friend Njeri’s mum)
Mumbi wa Mugo (Njeri’s sister)
Ting and Auntie Connie
Wings and Jumpei
I will be contacting everyone who are due perks from their donations soon. I am hoping to get everything out in the next wee while, but please note if you’re due a piece of commemorative jewellery, this may take a little longer as I’ll need to get the pieces hallmarked before I can post these off.
If you would still like to donate and haven’t yet done, my Just Giving page is still available for the next 3 months.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know my friend Njeri would be so proud.