Well what can I say, I do love a challenge! I went through a stage of literally nothing but exercise a few weeks back however as of just lately I have been feeling rather down in the dumps. I can only put this down to the fact I turned 30 on the 17th of May!
‘Big deal’ most of you are probably thinking…wait till you hit the 40’s, but for me this was a real slap in the face. I don’t feel 30 nor do I feel I have really lived my 20’s to the full potential. Anyhow this is another story altogether.
It was the 21st of May at 10 am in Whitfield. I think I was so organised and prepared that I was the first to arrive. I didn’t see a familiar face in sight however I became quite friendly with a lady who had parked next to me and thank goodness for that, otherwise I’d have been walking the whole 20 miles on my own!
First off ‘the warm up’ well, I wasn’t expecting that, that’s for sure. In my old age I have become short of breath and very uncoordinated (I think I was fine before I turned 30, haha!) I actually really enjoyed the warm up once I picked it up, although I was so out of sync it was untrue. I would love to do that every morning, it certainly got my heart pumping, Kate was great!
After the warm up I can’t lie I was ready to go home (hands over eyes) Hey I did just say I was unfit lately! Then we were off, onto the start of the first 10 miles.
I thought doing the hike would be a good way to make some new friends however due to us all having different fitness levels I didn’t really get much of a chance to speak to many people. I stuck with my ‘car park’ friend and chatted to a few of the Boost staff as they jogged back and forth to check we were all ok.
I did meet a few lovely lady’s when I ate my absolutely lush lunch at the (what we thought was the) half way point at Gibsons farm shop. They were also St Nicholas mums (St Nicholas is a special needs school I am 90% sure I will be sending my son in September 2017)
I love to make new friends. I always found this so difficult at school and college therefore I now live for the moment and will give anything a go you throw at me, especially when it comes to my babies and their future. The Mum’s said they couldn’t recommend St Nicholas school highly enough and I think in that very moment I made my mind up. I would give it a go with Riley and if he didn’t like it I would pull him out. Thank you ‘Mum’s’ I would name you but not sure if that’s ok with you?!
Lunch was lush and worth every penny, although I’m not sure how much I paid (hands over eyes) I’m quite terrible with money, I just ordered and paid and the price literally went over my head…all you restaurant and cafe owners out there are probably making a real mint out of this one!
It tuned out, as we started making our way back that we had only walked 8 point something miles and therefore had 12 miles to walk back until we could all drop on our car seats! Gutted or what? I would have prefered to have walked 12 miles first and then the shorter 8 miles back but hey ho.
I literally thought I was going to be sick on my way back, only 30 minutes in and it didn’t know how I was going to make the other 2 and half hours! Luckily there was a nearby pub which I nipped into. It must have been something I ate?! 🙁 After a quick fingers down my throat I was back on my way and the lady’s I was walking with had walked ahead. For a split second I panicked as my sence of direction was pants and I literally didn’t have slightest clue where we were or which direction we were heading!
I run ahead desperately in the hope I catch up with them both, luckily I do (BIG sign of relief!) We carry on until we reach a newsagent where we stop and refuel with water and snacks. After a short sit down on a bench I thought I was done for, my legs were telling me enough was enough!
Everyone started back and so as not to seem like a baby I forced myself up and to carry on and I’m glad I did. I didn’t hand out a sponsor form as such but I did share the link a few times via social media and I know some of my friends sponsored me online. I couldn’t let them down and most of all SNAAP who have been the biggest support to me and my little family since receiving my son Riley’s diagnosis on 17th June 2015.
(No pictures needed!!!) 3 blisters, more in the making and one popping on the way back (gross!) but I was determined to finish what I had started!
My companion friend was lovely and very intelligent. I felt rather thick around such adult conversation and slightly embarrassed I had done nothing particularly fascinating with my life such as travelling. Instead I just worked and spent my money on crap :/ not really an accomplishment but you live and learn I guess!
We made it, finally we were back at the facility and boy I must say, I have never been so relieved. I thought 20 miles would have been a breeze but I felt truly exhausted and worn out, my joints hurt and my feet were sore. This 20 mile hike had almost won the better of me!
I did it and that’s all that mattered!
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