so, this is late but as i said before i suck at this blogging thing. i am going to try to get better though.
last week (7th Oct 2017) I did my first half marathon. I both loved it and hated it 😛 . The event started at Dalby Forest and headed out over the yorkshire moors to the hole of horcum area before heading back. I’ll admit I did take a wrong turn and ended up doing almost 16miles rather than 13.1, also my time was rubbish… but I dont care, it was amazing and I have already signed up for the SRMRT (scarbrough and ryedale mountain rescue team) Spring half marathon at ravenscar next year. This time though I will train better, and reccy the route before hand.
anyway, I should have done this when it was more fresh in my mind so I could have written more oh well, live and lear. here are some photos 😀
St Nick’s is a former landfill site transformed into a thriving nature reserve a mile from the city centre of York. It became a Local Nature Reserve in February 2004 in order to conserve and maintain a diverse range of habitats sustaining wildlife.
I’ve been to st nicks in the past, in fact I used to volunteer there, but i’ve never thought to go running there. The main advantage is that it’s not as flat as the rest of York. In fact my route looks a little crazy as I was trying to make maximum use of the steps and slopes as I don’t get much of an opputunity to run on them often – and with my half marathon coming up in October I really need to get in some hill training.
Anyway, I got a few photos during my run. I also got a bit confused at one point as I could hear bagpipes playing, upon further investigation I found a student who was using the area to practice as apparently people were getting annoyed by the noise from his flat. Personally I like the sound of bagpipes, so didn’t really bother me.
I did this walk yesterday, parked in Pocklington and walked to the start at Canal Head. From there I walked to Melbourne and then retraced my steps (crossing the canal at swingbridge and going down to Bielby and then crossing back at Coats Bridge just to add some variety). Ended up being just under 10 miles in total, but obviously this can be altered, even halved if you find someone willing to collect you from Melbourne 😛 a basical map of the route can be seen here
I had planned to photograph every lock and and bridge on the route, but I forgot for a few so now I feel I have to do it again… I also need to do the East Cottingwith to Melbourne section but at the time of year that is so muddy that I’d rather wait for later in the year when the weather is better. I have done that end before though and it’s great, espeicaslly for bird spotting.
Anyway some pictures from yesterday:
I’m sure that by now everyone knows that I am doing Country Walking’s 1000 mile challenge, in which one pledges to walk 1000 miles over the course of a year. Well I also signed up to run 1000 miles over the course of the year. Ask anyone I know and they will tell you that walking isn’t a huge challenge to me, I love walking, if it was socially acceptable I would buy a tent and walk and wild camp for the rest of my life. However, running is a totally different thing… I have never really been a runner, I did the odd distance run at school and when I was a cadet, but for the last few years not run and have avoided taking it back up. 6 months ago I couldn’t manage a mile running, now I can just about do three miles.
So I decided that I’d combine these to make a real challenge and as I have been wanting to raise money for Mountain Rescue for a while though why not combine the two?
And so the 2000 mile challenge was born. The plan being to run 1000 miles and to walk 1000 miles. Now there are some rules,
- general everyday steps do not count, only purposeful walks and runs.
- a walk/run has to be at least 1 miles in length to count, so no doing loads of small things and adding them up
- treadmill running is allowed but walking is not, so regardless of the weather or life I have to make time and face the weather to get outside everyday
- multi day walks are allowed and will be well researched and documented – also multi day walks will result in a few runless days and so a run deficit which doesn’t sound appealing
- although I own a garmin activity tracker it will not be trusted explicitly and all distances will be checked on a map
I will be using this blog and my twitter feed to document the walks/runs and to keep a running total of my target. I have decided that starting next week I will write at least one blog a week documenting either a longer walk or just the most interesting of the shorter walks, I will not be documenting every single one with a blog as that would just result in too much time on the computer.
Walking = 55/1000
Running = 26/1000