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The problem with West London…

Don’t get me wrong, I think West London is a great place to live, it’s just a bit too flat to be useful for training to climb a mountain…

I have had a few lovely walks along the River Thames near my house, the most recent being a 15km round trip to Barnes a few weeks ago.

Photo 25-07-2015 11 03 46While it was a lovely walk it didn’t really feel like proper training as it was too easy and flat! I walked almost as far as our Ben Nevis round trip, but in about a quarter of the time.

When possible, I’ve been trying to get in some hikes in some slightly more hilly areas in Surrey, either Box Hill or Devil’s Punchbowl. We went to Devil’s Punchbowl a week later for a hike – although Jason has had enough hiking with me so he stayed at the cafe while I walked :)

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My phone ran out of battery near the end so didn’t track the whole walk, but it was about 14km with about 300m elevation gain. Unfortunately I got shin splints during the walk (I think from the downhill at the beginning) and they were really painful for nearly a week after but fine now. I’ve only ever had shin splints from running before and I hope this was a one off!

Apart from walking, I’m being a little cautious with my exercise regime due to a dodgy knee, that’s been dodgy for a long time but that I’ve been extra wary of since climbing (or more accurately, since descending) Ben Nevis. So no running, netball or anything high impact for a while :(