Dark nights, treadmills and apps.

Anyone else hate the clocks changing? A few weeks ago was fine, I’d finish work, get home, and have an hour or so to go for a run a walk. But now… I get in and its dark :/
So… I’ve been trying to use the treadmill. Problem is it’s so boring, like seriously, boring. I can watch Netflix while walking on it, but if I try that when running if all over lol. So I’ve been exploring different apps. I’ve found a few simulation type apps, my favorite so far is bitgym, which I like so much that I’m considering purchasing the subscription after Christmas to get the full program. 
I’m not sure what it is about this that makes running on the treadmill easier, but it does. Maybe it makes it more interesting, or maybe it’s a competitive thing of trying to get further along each time – especially given that in the free version you only get 10min limits. 
Anyway, take this as a recommendation I guess, assuming anyone actually reads this πŸ˜› 


I gave Wild Swimming a go

today was one of those days where everything sort of went wrong. The plan had been to go up the Old Man of Coniston. But, this morning I had gotten up, had a shower, and been for a run before my partner was even out of bed. And long story short by the time we got to Coniston it would have been a rush to get up and down and so not as enjoyable. So we are going Wednesday now.


So instead we headed to Cathedral Caverns near Little Langdale and had a bit of an explore down a few of the passages and such. We then followed the steam to a Tarn. Here after a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to go for a swim.


It was cold… but amazingly fun and I think I may be hooked on the idea now as considering going in Goats Water when we go up the Old Man



DOMS I am not a fan…

Yep. Not a fan at all…

I stupidly thought β€œit’s only 10Km, not that far I wont be sore the next day”, you know what I didn’t take into account? HILLS! Yep, hills again…

It’s crazy really. I can walk up several mountains in a day and be fine Can go mountain biking for a full day and be fine. Can go rock climbing and be fine. But since I took up running I have suddenly discovered DOMS and I am not a fan

What is DOMS?

DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It usually begins around 24 hours following exercise and can last anywhere up to five or even seven days (Byrnes & Clarkson, 1986), although this is exceptionally long. Symptoms generally peak around the 72 hour point, and are characterised by localised soreness, reduced range of movement and reduced muscle function (Cheung, Hume, & Maxwell, 2003).

basically, if I am understanding this all correctly, it’s caused by the tiny tears and other damage done during intense exercise repairing itself. So in a way if you get DOMS it shows that the workout is working πŸ˜› . Apparently its more likely if you are new to exercise or doing a different activity. Therefore, I am blaming the hills as on the flat 10Km causes no soreness issues.

Anyway, regardless of what it is or why it is it’s bloody annoying. I went for a run work last night despite feeling sore, and felt ok after about a mile, but my god am I paying for that today… work has been tricky today with my stiff calf muscles and such.

But, my muscles are currently healing and growing and once the annoying soreness has gone I’m sure it will be worth it πŸ˜€

Dalby Forest #ConquerTheForest 10K

So on Sunday (16/7/17) I did No Eng Challenges #ConquerTheForest at Dalby. This was not only my first trail race but my first race in general and my first ever time running with other people – well unless tough mudder counts?


Anyway, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I will openly admit I was very nervous. I go to Dalby Forest mountain biking a lot. So I know the way there and my way aroud the forest fairly well. But on Sunday morning I was so nervous I ended up going the wrong way and driving an extra 5 miles :/ whoops.


I was aiming for 1h30 as that’s what I got the other week in my practice run, however, it ends up that I vastly underestimated the struggle of running up hills… Also for the first mile or so we were all so grouped up that it was basically a case of walking. I may try to start in the middle next time rather than at the back.


I think maybe it would have been nice to have had someone to run with. I had my mp3 player and to be honest the route was very engaging. But there was one point where I had dropped down to a walk when some random man encouraged me to run and we did about a mile together while chatting. Makes me wonder if Id find all runs easier if I wasn’t doing it solo. Shame I don’t know many runners… and the few I do are road runners unfortunately.


I’m glad I went for the 10K and not the half marathon. Especially with it being on a Sunday – my legs were not happy at work today πŸ˜› .


I am going to have to do a LOT of hill training before my half marathon in October…


I think I may be hooked now though. I’m already looking into events for next year and plotting a training plan to do an ultra in a few years. I’m considering Hadrians Wall currently, but we will see.




Skirlington Trigpoint

Started in Hornsea yesterday and walked along the beach until below the trig point before scaling the clif. Returned to Hornsea via the path at the cliff top, having to go through a few caravan sites as the path on the map seemed to no longer exist in places.


Just thinking

I think I am going to alter this blog a little. I still aim to bag as many trig points as I can but there’s more than that to all this. I don’t want to limit myself to just trig points, in the last few weeks I have been to sdome amazing places that didn’t involve trig points. And surely those are worth just as much?


I’ve also signed up for the walk 1000 miles challenge this year so would nice to have somewhere to keep track of that. And I am semi planning to walk hadrians wall this year, the current plan is to do it all in one go without camping but we’ll see if that changes as I plan it. Thinking of doing it for charity, currently Mountain Rescue is my charity of choice. I’ll write a proper blog on that though once the details are sorted both in my mind and in reality πŸ˜›


So ye, there may be some changes here.

What is an Intersected Staion? And Destructor Chimney logging

Grid reference : SE 61024 51978
Type : Intersected Station
County : North Yorkshire
Nearest town : YORK
So I know I said I was focusing on the pillars, but I went into York yesterday and literally walked past this one so couldn’t resist logging it.
What is a intersected staion?
An intersection station is usually a highly visible landmark like a water tower or church steeple that has a position that was determined by triangulation, as opposed to having equipment set up on top of it like other stations. The “point observed” is some distinctive feature of the landmark that was sighted on and was the basis of the position calculation.
Essentially they work in a similar a way to the pillars, they just were not built for that specific purpose. Instead they are pre-existing structors that are very visable and easy too identify from a distance