It's hard to believe that it's FOUR years since I did my first 5k run in Phoenix Park for Operation Transformation.
Fast forward to 2020 and I'm still making the annual return to the park for the run.
I was almost a no-show this year. On Friday night I was listening to the gales howling around my house and the rain beating off the windows and I thought
"Noeleen, are you MAD? You're not thinking of driving all the way to Dublin in the morning to go for a run in THAT?"
And then a little voice in the back of my head said
"Well when you were on the show you didn't give a second thought to going for a run in the snow and jumping into Howth Harbour in the freezing cold to complete a challenge! What's a little bit of wind and rain to you?"
Luckily enough the weather was much improved in the morning and I headed to Dublin. And I'm so glad I did.
The sense of anticipation and nerves came back, just as vividly as they had four years previously.
It was brilliant meeting up with lots of the crew and of course with my fellow leader Lucy.
In a time when reality TV shows are getting a bad press ( and rightly so, in most cases) I can honestly say that taking part in Operation Transformation was the most positive thing I have ever done in my life and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
IT'S YOUR MOVE!