The slight ease of the lockdown here in England has seen us go on a variety of walks to new local places along with one or two of our favourite ones over the past week. From flat 3 milers to rather un-flat milers.
It has felt so good to be back in nature and doing the thing I love most – walking. I must admit, I have been pretty mardy some of the days at myself for not being able to do some of the climbs as easy as before. I have to remember that this rehab for my lungs and entire body is going to take a long time. Never the less, our walks ranging from 3-9miles were certainly a great starting point.
Here are some snaps from the past week:
Canals: The nicest area near us is a long stretch of canal that goes past our town through Warrington and towards Liverpool. The wildlife is so lovely down there. Lots of baby ducks, swans, coots along with so many other birds. I’ve been going on a few 3mile walks on my lunches down there and also been lucky to meet so many lovely dogs. Flat but very pretty and can rake up the miles if needed down there.
Dovestones: Our favourite place. A walk down past the 2nd and 3rd reservoirs and up the hill towards the waterfall. A scramble up the boulders of the waterfall then a ‘hands and knees’ climb up the steep slope on the other side to make it to the top of the moorland. Then came the views which we enjoyed as we walked along the top of the moors for a few miles. I couldn’t manage our usual 16mile route so we cut back down to the second reservoir and then did a final circle of the 1st main reservoir then back up the hill to the car.
Mam Tor: We decided to climb the steeper rout to the top of Mam Tor to avoid the crowds of people. This meant ascending as soon as you parked to even get to the mountain. I struggled a lot here with my breathing. I took a few puffs of my inhaler which helped a lot but then it was my general unfitness that got me. It was slow but we still made it to the top. We then went along the ridge of Shivering Mountain but cut the route short because of the amount of people. We didn’t mind though, the downward path let us meet some friendly cows, lambs and chickens on the way down to Castleton. Then a long trudge back up the hill to the car.
Rivington Pike: Somewhere new where we have never been. I would say we went the wrong way but there seemed to be so many different paths that you could take to get there that I don’t think we did. Either way, we climbed up through the woodland, up through the farmers hilly fields (full of sheep and lambs) then up the paths and round to the stairway up to the monument. As you can tell it was very UP! I wasn’t expecting the climb to be as hard as it was but it was definitely worth it. Stunning views across the north west Merseyside. The wind was crazy so we didn’t stay too long at the top as it was hard to stand upright so we headed down past a cute tower house places and down through some more woodland. We didn’t have a route planned we just knew what direction the car was in. Along the way we say some cute little buildings but unfortunately not the famous bridges. Maybe next time.
Friday saw my first stroll post Covid and my goodness it was so good to be out and about back with nature again. Managed just under 5 miles in the evening down the canal path and loved seeing the local wildlife including my first ever Kingfisher! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to capture it on my camera. My legs did ache on the way back and I was glad to be home but enjoyed every minute of it.
We enjoyed yesterday’s walk so much that we even got up at 6am this morning to go to the countryside for one of our favourite routes. However, unfortunately this was shut due to the restrictions. When we got back we decided to check out a local country park which wasn’t quite as scenic so didn’t take any pics. Today’s walk was a bit tougher as my legs and back aches from the day before and so only managed 3 miles. I’m not quite sure why but my back feels like it’s going to snap at the moment. I can’t decide if it’s to do with my weight gain, lack of exercise or me sleeping funny – maybe all three. Nevertheless, will try and do another 3 miles tomorrow!
Stay safe all!
Roll on being able and fit enough for big hikes again!
As the title suggests, I am now one week in to my training and it has been a cracking week of that. Although I have been at placement working like a horse, I have managed to force myself out into the cold and get shit done!
Thursday: 3miles. Was very stop start as didn’t know the route and included the longest gigantic hill ever. (Had a great run down the other end though). Friday: 5 mile walk. Had a lovely walk around Hampstead Heath as previously posted and made a delicious sugar free vegan cake also as previously posted.
Saturday: 3miles. A bit better than Thursday as was a different route but still had to walk up a steep incline. Sunday: 13mile power walk. Used to do these near enough every Sunday but since I have moved to London it has been every so many months. As it was me, my mum and my uncle I didn’t want them to think I was a slacker and so kept up their pace. Safe to say I nearly threw up at the end. I was knackered by the 5 mile mark. Monday: No workout. Ridiculously achey from Sunday. A bird crapped on my bag.
Tuesday: Run around the track. No idea how far it was in miles but they were quite quick 6 laps. Wasn’t the best running ever as was still achey AND I don’t like running in circles. My body says to give up once I see the finsih line so it is always hard for me to continue going after 1 lap. Wednesday: 3 miles. Me and my friend decided to go on a random run wherever our legs took us. This in turn helped us find an amazing route packed with hills, long flat stretches a canal and general great scenery (not to mention not that busy which is a God send for central London!). We did run walk it. Today: 3 miles. Same route as yesterday but we ran 90% this time. Despite still feeling achey we definitely pushed ourselves more. As we knew the route now we set ourselves mental checkpoints which helped no end. Lovely sunset.
After one week I can feel an improvement in my stamina. It may not be much or to how it used to be but it is definitely something and a great start. I can’t physically see any changes but hey I’m not expecting miracles. Here’s to week 2!
So, Thursday marked day 1 of my half marathon training. Luckily I have a friend to occasionally run with me. We decided to start with 3 miles around the local area and go on a bit of an adventure down streets we had never been before. It was going swimmingly untill we realised that the steep hill we were running up literally was never ending! We did have to stop and walk half way as we both were on the verge of dying (no I am not exaggerating). We finally discovered when we got to the top that we had in fact climbed to the top of Highgate mountain and found ourselves in a wind swept sweaty state walking through the insanely beautiful and posh streets of Highgate. We decided to put our best foot forward and escape all of the immaculate people and started legging it out of the village where we were rewarded for our efforts….a lovely downhill stretch. We ran all the way back down and along the flats until the end of our route. Perfect.
Yesterday morning wasn’t quite as perfect though. I woke up stiff as bricks (not in a morning glory type way) and could only just manage to get out of bed. Luckily, I had a study day and so instead of going for a run I decided to keep my achey body moving by going for a walk around Hampstead Heath. I did 5 miles up and down the hills and around Kenwood House. It was truly lovely…see pics.
I can not tell you how lucky I am to live right next to Hampstead Heath. If it wasn’t for that I think I would have gone insane by the mad, stressfull rush of London life. Don’t get me wrong, the city is a great big, bustling playground but after a while, I’d like to be able to have enough room to swing my arms about and to walk at my own pace without being pushed and shoved by people who never stop to see the world around them. Not only is the Heath beautiful with lots of great running routes but also home to Parakeets and you get to meet the cutest dogs in the world (most of them look better than you and are wearing 10 x more expensive clothes than you). It is undoubtedly my favourite place in London.
I have been feeling under the weather recently (by under the weather I mean coughing my guts up constantly, in bed with an achey body and a general feeling of floatyness.) I have slacked off of any exercise and actually feel really guilty about it.
Today, however, I woke up early and told myself today is the day to get back out there and go for a fresh morning walk. I would feel just as shit laying in bed as I would outside in the beautiful countryside. So I did.
I wasn’t fast, I didn’t do my 12 miles but I did manage a 7mile average pace walk around my favourite place…Bradgate Park. (My pockets filled to the brim with tissues.)
I mayneed to go back to bed and sleep for a day or two but I have no regrets.