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:
so today we decided to walk from Ennerdale Lake to black Sail youth hostel. We started at Bowness Knott car park, didn’t bother with the viewpoint because it was foggy so seemed pointless. The walk black Sail was uneventful, very foggy misty but fairly flat with nothing technical. unfortunately due to the fog we didn’t get the view of Black Sail that I was hoping for but it was still good to go there it was one of the things on my “list” so happy we went
we stopped there for lunch but I’m and ducked down behind a building for shelter from the wind and rain and fog. after eating lunch and coming out from behind the building we realised it had gotten a very foggy indeed so we had to change our plan and didn’t bother of haystacks as we’d originally thought to do.
rather than going straight back down a bridle path we took a couple of alternative routes resulting in us going to the other side of the river for most the way back and sinking into a lot of mud . it also started to get dark about three quarters of the way back to the car, which unfortunately limited photos also resulted in us not bothering to go round the rest of the lake because well it was dark anyway so no views.
still all in all a good day got a good got a few good photos which I will upload and now down to less than 10 miles from 1000 Miles in a year. so that’s all good hopefully I’ll hit it this week, or maybe next week. in Scotland next week so be good to hit there
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.
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
- Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
- Walking for 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by eight percent, according to research from the University of Leceister. Walking for 40 minutes can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease up to 18 to 20 percent.
- The average cost of operating a car for one year is £4216, the cost of operating a bicycle for a year is only £97. Walking is free
- One mile is about 2,000 steps, or a 20-minute walk
- Walking increases the blood flow to the brain. A 1999 study of people over 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace increased their thinking skills
- Studies have found that taking a moderately-paced walk can instantly improve your mood.
- Walking just 20 mins a day can reduce your risk of premature death by a staggering one-third.
- Walking after each meal can help lower your blood sugar and reduce your risk for type-2 diabetes.
Extra reading on the topic of walking and its benefits:
Bakrania K, Edwardson CL, Bodicoat DH, Esliger D, Gill J, Kazi A, Velayudhan L, Sinclair AJ, Sattar N, Khunti K, Biddle S, Davies MJ, and Yates T. Associations of mutually exclusive categories of physical activity and sedentary time with markers of cardiometabolic health in English adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the Health Survey for England. BMC Public Health (2016) 16:25 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2694-9
As part of the walk 100o miles challenge I went to the coast with my partner yesterday. The original plan was to do the coastal trail from robin hoods bay to ravenscar, but due to delays we diodn’t have time for this. So instead we walked up the beach until the sea cut off the path and then went back up to the coastal trail until we got the boggle hole where we rejoined the beach and followed it until we were just about under ravenscar.
At this point it was starting to get dark so we headed back to the car. Though not before finding some hermit crabs in a rock pool and watching them for a while. I had planned on nipping up to the trig point n the way back, but it was dark by then so that will have to wait for another time.
this walk added 6.3 “boots on” miles to my total
Boots on: 12