BOOST 20 Miler! SNAAP Charity Hike

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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?!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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(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!

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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!

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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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There is always time to donate… http://www.snaap.org.uk/

Mumsy Mum x

2 Comments

  1. Vanessa oakes
    23rd May 2016 / 10:18 PM

    Awwww. It was soooo lovely to meet you. Looking forward to you joining our St Nicks family / (ulterior motives, need you on the PTFA !!) xx

    • 23rd May 2016 / 10:20 PM

      That sounds great to me Hun. I want to get as involved as I can with my babies. Lovely to meet you too even if it was just a few minutes xx

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