Sometimes there is a character that particularly stands out amongst the 30,000 amazing women that make up the women’s running community Run Mummy Run.
Someone that faces adversity with strength, humility and humour. Someone that inspires other members with their sheer determination and ability to keep going when others would crumble. Someone who has made us howl with laughter and sob uncontrollably.
One of these special women is Nicky Lopez. The Run Mummy Run community have followed Nicky’s journey avidly, both her treatment for cancer and her running. Now she has written a book and we’re sure it will be as popular as her posts.
We asked Nicky to explain what her book, Recovery Run is about:
“Recovery Run is not the story of my life, I’m not done writing that yet. But it does tell the story of what happened when I was diagnosed with cancer then inexplicably decided to take up running (please someone explain that to me because I’m still clueless!)
It opens on 1st January this year with my ludicrous thoughts about fitness resolutions and half baked plans for the year. Each entry thereafter reflects on either a run I’ve done that day or a particularly noteworthy one from the past six years including three London Marathons through chemo, five Great North Runs and a ton of other escapades.
I share the challenges and difficulties I’ve had to face during my treatment whilst simultaneously talking about runs that I have attempted with colossal hangovers or the many insanely misjudged situations I’ve found myself in.
It’s also a story of my love of two cities, Liverpool and Newcastle and of my life with my sidekicks Marc and Cleo along with some of the brilliant characters we’ve met over the last couple of years.
If you’re looking for a technical running book that’s going to talk to you about the finer points of hill sprints, negative splits and nutrition then you’re going to be seriously disappointed. I’m just a girl who got cancer and had to do something to teach me how to survive.
But if you want to read about the absolute love of running, the days you think you’ll never run again and the moments you feel completely invincible then this is the book for you.
After all, you may not realise it now but if you’re anything like me running might just be the thing that saves your life”.
Nicky embodies the RMR spirit and as one of our own we wish her every success with Recovery Run. If you’d like to pre order the Kindle version of Nicky’s book (£5.99) click here: Recovery Run: When cancer, cocktails and compression gear collide It is available with a release date of November 14th. The paperback version (£10.01) is available now.
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