London Moonwalk

Walkies start properly on Monday……

So……I’m going to treat you to my weekly training diary for the London Moonwalk (You lucky lucky (or not)people)…..

On a more serious note, as with my Slimmingworld updates, this is to help keep me motivated and on track, and hopefully some of it will be interesting to you. What happens after 12th May to all of this….who knows…..I have a couple of weekends in July that will involve miles of walking, but after that I hope to keep at least the shorter walks that will be done after work going as well as the gym, and maybe during the better weather some of the slightly longer ones, it will help keep the weight off and hopefully I’ll feel better for it too.

I live out in the sticks (very rural) so plenty of places to take long walks, and there will no doubt be lots of pictures of what i find interesting on the routes I take.

Soooooo, my plan is:

Monday: An hour or so walk after work. Or when the mornings get lighter, drive into work and walk home.

Tuesday: An hour or so walk after work, or walk into work and drive home and an hour or so on the cross-trainer or treadmill at the gym.

Wednesday: An hour or so walk after work

Thursday: A rest day……I go to an evening class straight from work during school term time.

Friday: I only work every other Friday, so we have Week A – my day off, Week B – work day.

Week A:  A couple of hours walk to local city for my nail appointment, then a couple of hours walk home.

WeekB: A rest day/couple of miles saunter to the bf’s workshop.

Saturday: A couple of hours walk to Slimmingworld class in the morning, then to a friends house a mile or so away after, but this may change depending on Friday evening/Weekend plans.

Sunday: Not planning anything, just take it as it comes……

I also plan to take a couple of days off of work to do some proper long 20+ mile walks between April and 12th May.

There will also be some walking for work……instead of driving along roads assessing  them (which is acceptable as I video the lengths too), I might get out and walk them with dashcam in hand instead of car window!

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Whoop… stuff……

Just before Christmas I ordered a kit box from the Walk the Walk shop……..

After a few problems (My Hermes losing my original order) my kit arrived at the weekend……

Beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper was the lovely pink fleece (perfect fit considering I wasn’t sure what size to get) and pink bobble hat.  There are a lovely pair of elbow length gloves (only just fit my arms), a couple of sets of reflective snappy arm/leg things. A (very) roomy bumbag with zips and pockets for essentials, and a bottle holder that straps onto the bumbag.  And a very pretty card.

Soooo……I really have no excuses of not getting out there and pounding the tarmac….apart from the lousy cold/bug thing I can’t see to shift, which will not stop me.

Monday I will be starting this thing properly………


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Must go walkies…….

I haven’t done any training at all so far for the Moonwalk, stupidly after all the walking at festivals etc over the summer, I haven’t carried it all on…..

Grumpy is upping her game big style….she doing a lot of running, and has managed to get a place in the 2018 London Marathon too……  So it’s all about 5K runs and half marathons with her at the moment.  She’s even got her husband and girls (aged 8 & 5) doing the 5K stuff with her.

I will start properly soon……..

Must get back to the gym………

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Plantar Fasciitis…..part 2……

Well what a difference…..

I’ve been good and doing the exercises given to me by the doc…..I have a new best friend….a rolling pin!  One of the exercises is to roll my feet over the rolling pin…..the relief it gives is amazing!

Anyways……shoe update. ….  The Merrells are still amazing, I now have a pair of Birkenstocks, and the Shuh version of them.  I’m still finding my way around with them, but they seem to be ok at the moment.

Last week was the Formula 1 British Grand Prix…..we walked around 40 miles, the Merrells were fab, and so was the very nice picnic chair, I purchased so I could sit, whilst M stood and took hundreds of photos! I hardly struggled with foot pain….the whole weekend, now I’m back at work, it’s a different matter!!


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Plantar Fasciitis…..

The joys…….

I’ve been having problems with both my feet on and off for years…..sometimes I have no pain in the mornings others it takes me a while to hobble to the bathroom, when I first get up. The problem has gradually got worse, no pain when I wear high heels, but even my much loved FitFlops are making my feet hurt.  So after being accepted for the MoonWalk I thought I’d better go and visit the doctors.

The doc was lovely, after apologising for causing pain when he pressed on my heel, he diagnosed me with Plantar Fasciitis, explaining its to do with where the ligaments in my feet meet the bone……all I know is that it is very painful at times.

I have found some walking sandals by Merrell -Vesper Lattice (the ones the bf gave me for my birthday), and my feet are nowhere near as painful after wearing them.

Goodwood weekend proved to be great at working out what footwear I should and shouldn’t wear especially after the 35 or so miles we walked over the weekend.  My loved rubber Crocs I use for driving, are ok for just that and not much else. My Sketchers trainers type shoes, again great for driving but not much else. Because of the expected weather, I didn’t want to wear my nice new shiny Merrells, but I had to give in (and the bf said not to be so stupid) and wear them….what a relief they were, my feet still hurt me whilst walking around, but it was nowhere near as bad as it had been, and in fact they became reasonably pain free, especially after sitting and resting my feet, and more importantly in the mornings.

I’ve learnt whatever I have on my feet I cannot stand still for long, which isn’t great, I’m having to give a concert a miss, because it isn’t practical to take seat with me or sit on the ground.

I’ve been recommended Birkenstocks, as they have a similar sole to my now favourite Merrells…….so it’s watch this space…….

I will be walking the 26 miles and 385 yards, come May next year, whether I can walk once I’ve done it and stopped at the end, is another story…….