well it’s been a long year a lot of walking, a lot of running a lot more than ever done before my entire life, and what can I say really.
today I did a very short six mile walk near Castle Howard, was very muddy and then spent most of this evening trying to finish off the running. Finally BOTH complete, final count is 1008 miles walked and 1000 miles ran.
I’ve been trying to come up with a challenge for next year I’m struggling so much I got 2019 planned out and go to 12 running events one per month and to raise some money for mountain rescue
By the way, I apologize if any of this makes no sense I’ve just discovered talk to text on WordPress and seemingly it’s just rubbish I thought it was worth ago as I find typing on my tablet is awkward and annoying
anyway I have some pictures from today, as I said only a short walk but was still a walk.
I’m not sure what I’m doing tomorrow yet, need to something to start off the year I guess but not sure what the challenge will be other than doing a 2000 miles again maybe have some cycling in I don’t know I’ll figure it out
Anyway some pictures from castle Howard today:
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.
Grid reference : SE 69972 62111
Type : Pillar
Flush Bracket : S2599
County : North Yorkshire
yesterday i decided to combine my walk 100 miles challenge with some trig point bagging, about time right? So I parked outside the village and walked in to Harton past the water tower upto the trig point. Unfortunately the pillar was in a field closed off with a gate and with a lot of mud, so I took a picture from a distance from the next field. THen I continued down the the A64 before heading back to the car.
I took a few photos on my way round, obviously no GPS this time as wasn’t at the actual trig
2000 mile challenge running totals:
Walking: 103.5 miles
Running: 62 miles
Sponcer me – https://t.co/xYFlj2UK41
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