I've been meaning to blog for over a week but as usual, life keeps getting in the way! No pictures from me this time and I'll try and keep it brief (that'll be the day eh? 😂😂). First up, you might remember me mentioning Richard and I doing the Isle of Wight half challenge of 50k at the end of next month? Well, I used my persuasive powers on Richard and now we've upgraded to the full 106km challenge 😊 Can't wait to take on another big one 😀 This of course led to a rapid reassessment of training as the winter miles have been fewer than they should have been for a spring challenge. Even with the new magic meds I have to find the right balance in training, so this one is very much going to rely far more on the power of the mind rather than miles in the legs.
We abandoned the idea of hill training in favour of working more on endurance. On our scheduled March 9th walk, neither of us were feeling too great, so we decided to keep it local. We started with a 10 mile loop, added on a bit of an out and back up the canal before heading homeward. We called in home for a ten minute break and a quick sandwich and a white Magnum from the freezer before heading out on another 5 mile loop. Still felt OK after that so we added in one more 5 mile loop before calling it a day. 20 miles done and just over 5.4 hours on our feet - happy with that 😊
Saturday 11th March - still wasn't feeling that great (really must stop shovelling quite much mud around on the Open Space 😂😂), so I decided to volunteer at Parkrun as a marshal. I walked there and back and helped set up the course so I still managed 6k before 10am 😊 I so enjoyed it, especially when people kept telling me I was their favourite marshal as I was so encouraging - it's so great to see the difference you can make to people 😊 Richard had a week off and a lie in.
Friday 17th March saw us up the mileage and time on the feet again. We walked to the local station, caught a train to Godalming, then walking around town having a bit of an explore (lovely town it is too), then followed the River Wey upstream for a short way before turning and starting the long walk home along the Wey Navigation. It was all pretty routine until we entered an open riverside meadow full of cows. About 20 yards before the end of the field, a particularly large one was standing square on the footpath. I was in front and I foolishly assumed it would move as we approached. Oh no, the darned thing put its head down and did a bit of a charge straight towards me! My reaction was instinctive (and on reflection I begin to wonder if I have a death wish!) - wave my arms around, start moving towards it and shout as loud as I could (probably none too politely but as really can't remember). It did the trick and it turned away tossing its head. Richard was probably about 15 feet behind me and he got exactly the same treatment, except it then ran past him and tried to kick as well in passing. That gave me a view of its undercarriage and realisation dawned that this was no cow at all! Very fortunately, it didn't turn round and have another go. Those few yards to the fence were covered rapidly while looking backwards 😂😂 Seriously though, the footpath was on National Trust land beside the river and there were no warning signs at all - surely illegal? Anyway, we were a bit shaken up but the rest of the walk home was thankfully uneventful. 26.9 miles done and another 7 hours 55 on the feet. A nice Magnum from a petrol station in central Guildford too (sadly not the white variety as they didn't have any 😕).
Saturday 18th and I'd already decided to volunteer again earlier in the week when I knew we wouldn't walk until the Friday. This time I was the tail runner and I thoroughly enjoyed that too. I got a shout from the start line that we had a late started and to wait a minute and was absolutely blown away by seeing a race walker in full flow powering towards us. Before the event started, someone mentioned they seen a race walker going through a town over 4 miles away on their drive in and joked that he was probably on his way to Homewood Parkrun. I'll bet they got a shock when they saw him taking part 😊 He'd started out in Richmond (about 15 miles away), walked out to Homewood then was walking back again, using it as a 50k training route. Hats off and top respect!!! I tried to keep pace for a few steps as he passed me - not a chance!!
More mud digging this week - I never learn and it's great for upper body strength 😂😂 Two two solid days working on the Walk Your AS Off campaign ........ talking of which! I'll put that in a separate blog though so you'll get two for the price of one tonight! So today, an escape had to be made. I'm off skiing with my eldest lad for a week as of Saturday (and still haven't even thought about packing). I know I need new ski socks so a walk was planned to the local Snow and Rock store. As it turned out, they didn't have any in my size - frustrating to say the least so more walking had to be done to relieve the stress . Since we were near the Thames and by then the sun had come out, we took the scenic route home. It was a tad breezy at times but very pleasant all the same. The result was 12.3 miles in 3:24 so at least we got a little training in this week 😊
Right, better get on and do some packing. Here's hoping I manage to stay on my feet next week! Happy training everyone 😊