I’m aware that I start every blog post in the same way, but really time is going so fast! The countdown is now down to one month which is really very scary…
On the training front, I am trying to walk or hike at weekends as much as possible, though as I mentioned before it’s quite difficult in West London! I’m also having to be quite careful with my long suffering left knee who’s a bit weak thanks to an old netball injury, and who didn’t really enjoy the descent of Ben Nevis very much. So I have stopped running and playing netball, which means my exercise is currently limited to walking and my trusty Jillian Michaels 30 day shred DVD…
Fundraising has slowed down a bit recently, although I have had a lot of promises of sponsorship which I think will appear closer to the time. I may try and fit in another cake sale or something in the next few weeks.
And in terms of preparation for the climb, I’m in the process working my way through a very long shopping list… I keep finding myself drawn to any outdoor shop I walk by – especially if it has a Sale sign in the window. I think I underestimated slightly how much all this mountain gear would cost so I’m happy for firstly the 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, and that I work near Lillywhites where there is a great outdoor section. I also managed to spend a small fortune in Boots recently on things like water purification tablets and wet wipes and there is still plenty more on my shopping list! I am very much a list-maker so I currently have several lists going – packing list, shopping list and a few to do lists – enough to keep me occupied for the next few weeks!
After a couple of weeks of not wanting to go anywhere near my running shoes after the half marathon, I got back into a bit of running thanks to a new favourite 5K sunset running route along Brent River (uphill all the way, downhill all the way home – my favourite type). It’s amazing the difference longer evenings make to my willingness to run or really do anything after work.
The spring weather (which seems to have promptly disappeared) has also helped me with trying to convince Jason that hiking is a fun way to spend a Saturday, and we had a nice little trip to Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey a couple of weeks ago. It’s a super pretty place to walk and enough hilly sections that it’s better training than my local West London walks along the river.
So here are the stats for April, not including general walking to the station and around and about:
Kilometres run: 24km
Kilometres walked: 20km
Other workouts: 3
Coming soon: a weekend in Snowdonia and a trip to Ben Nevis – feel like I need to up those kilometres!!
Whoops it’s already mid-April! Please excuse my tardiness, let me think back to March…
Kilometres run: 45km
Kilometres walked*: 8km
No. of other workouts: 3
The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon was of course the highlight of March, and I have to say I’m glad it’s done – I think with more training I could have finished it faster, but really I’m just glad to have finished at all! I have found I am enjoying running more now that there’s less pressure to run really long distances – and the light evenings are definitely helping
At the end of March we popped down to Devon to visit Jason’s Mum, and the three of us enjoyed a slightly windy 8km walk along the coast from Westward Ho! up the South West coast path. Despite being fully kitted out in waterproof clothing on the advice of the weather forecast, in the end the wind was all we had to deal with.
* By the way, Kilometres walked only includes times I’ve gone out “for a walk”, basically how far I’ve walked in my walking boots. I’ve also been walking to one stop further away on the tube to get to work, and making sure I always walk up the escalators at Piccadilly Circus – every little helps!
Time is flying!
It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 6 months since I first decided to take on this challenge, and in that time again I will be (fingers crossed) approaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!
So far I’ve ticked off my running challenge with the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, and I hope to do a couple more 10K runs to keep up my general fitness and because now I’ve got some PBs I want to beat :o)
I’ve started my walking training with a couple of walks (most recently a windy South West coast walk in Devon this weekend) and plenty more planned, including a trip to Snowdonia and a vague plan for Ben Nevis. Also on the agenda are plenty of Box Hill laps and some flatter West London walks.
Fundraising is starting to ramp up with some donations coming in but I still have a long way to go! I am in the process of organising a pub quiz in central London and a couple of other events / raffles etc – details to follow.
I’ve realised I still have quite a long shopping list as far as kit goes. In fact, the only things I have purchased are my boots and some fleece lined walking trousers, so there’s plenty of shopping (/begging/borrowing/
stealing) to be done over the next few months!