Mood: Mildly inspired
Listening to: Crowded House
Sunday, 10.37 am
Have sort of tentatively almost perhaps decided to do The Walk at Easter time, because of stat hols and such. The husband has fueled my determination by flatly stating that I'm dreaming and can't/won't be able to do it - too old, too out of condition, feet prone to too many problems yada yada yada.
So, me being me, I'm resolved to do it.
Er, its getting rather close and a bit scary.
Well anyway, I've decided to begin upping the exercise at least. I don't like to call it training because that conjures up visions of silly twats power walking around looking like they've got carrots stuck up their bums and flinging their arms around like the windfarm propellers - and I refuse to go there. Having made that decision, I've sort of started - have been for 2 or 3 medium walks this week (some of them early morning too, impressive seeing as mornings are not my forte), and a BIG walk today. Medium is 4-6 km, and I don't know how far the big one was cos I haven't clocked it yet but will do so when I take number one son for a driving lesson later today. It took nearly an hour and a half.
I figure that if I keep track of these sorties, maybe in red ink in the handwritten journal, it will keep the enthusiasm going. I think I'll aim at doing 20k per week minimum - after all, that's what The Walk will entail each day.
Some problems are surfacing. Because I don't do the full arm swinging power walking thing, my hands swell after about half an hour. Also, I'm having trouble with blisters on my big toe and the one next to it. Got a beaut today, and that will probably bugger me up for a couple of days. No, it's not toenails rubbing, or ill fitting shoes; I think it's just a fraction too much friction. Maybe I'll have to put plasters on before starting out.
On the up side, I can now keep those teeny little radio earpiece things in - my good old headphones died (you try walking on one ear instead of stereo - I tend to walk to one side!) so I was forced to persist and am delighted to have got the knack. Maybe my earholes are not deformed after all!
Won't even start worrying about accommodation yet, it will sort itself out I hope. Can't see me backpacking a tent and sleeping bag and dossing down on the side of the road, but motels/B&B/backpackers etc in the right place at the right time could be hard to find, and expensive when you consider we're talking more than one or two nights. If I was fundraising for something I could tout for sponsorship, so maybe I should explore that avenue and get someone like the Venturers to come with me and they could do the fundraising and I'd just tag along...hmmmm.
Ok, back to domesticity.