MARK Hore says running has changed his life.
The Lavington resident, 48, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year after a routine health check.
His prostate was removed, preventing the cancer from spreading.
While he’s now cancer free, Mr Hore admits the weeks and months following the diagnosis were tough.
“A lot of things go through your mind,” he said.
“I just remember going to my mum’s house and breaking down, thinking ‘why me, am I going to die?’.
“I really didn’t know.
“It was something I never expected.”
His father died of a brain tumour at 55, but Mr Hore never expected to be affected by the disease.
“I knew I’d live past 55, but in hindsight I wouldn’t have,” he said.
“I would have made age 50, but I would have been very sick.
“If it gets into your bones or around your body, you’re knackered.”
Mr Hore was surfing the internet while healing from his operation, and stumbled upon an advertisement for an Albury bootcamp which promised to teach people how to run five kilometres in eight weeks.
He took up the challenge and hasn’t looked back. He is preparing to run a half-marathon in Melbourne.
“Running has changed my life, really,” he said.
“I did go through a stage — I wouldn’t call it depression — but a stage where I was sad, asking ‘why me?’.
“Running just cleared my head, it was really good for me.”
The Albury hospital worker will continue to run for as long as he avoids injury, and has already finished two half-marathons this year.
After he completes the Melbourne run next Sunday, he plans to complete a full marathon.
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