How’s Your 2018 Shaping Up?

So, how’s everyone’s first week (and a bit) of the New Year shaping up? Made great progress towards those goals already? Or finding it difficult to get going?

My week’s been rather a mixed bag- I have been back out running, and managed to run up a hill that I have not tackled for nearly a year! For the past months I have been walking up it so am quite chuffed with that.

As things do, my plans for 2018 have already changed slightly- I appear to have double booked myself for the Millennium Ultra. Helen and I are going away to the Dark Peak in March and of course it is the same weekend!

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My Plans for 2018

Following on from this post, I have been doing some thinking about what next year’s adventures should be…

I stumbled across this post on Tough Girls, (cool name!) which gave me some useful pointers. It talks about aligning your own values and the commitments you have with the types of adventures you want to do.

For me, I am single with no children, so basically I don’t have anyone to consider when making plans. However, I am mum to two cats, one an elderly lady (Lucky is now 20 and a half!!) As cats’ health can deteriorate very quickly I am reluctant to go away for more than two weeks at the moment as I would not forgive myself if anything happened while I was away. This rules the Pennine Way and other big trips out for next year.

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2017- My Review of the Year

It’s that time of year again… when we dig out that list of the things we said we were going to do in 2017, blow the dust off it and ask ourselves honestly whether we achieved them…

I think that reflection on this sort is very useful- not for beating ourselves up if we fell short of our goals, but in analysing what went right, what went less well, what challenges we faced, how we overcame them- or not- and the things we can do to make us more likely to get what we want to out of 2018.

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The Midshires Way- Part One

Ever on the lookout for a new challenge to add a bit of spice to our walks, Helen and I set out in October to complete the first leg of the Midshires Way as it traverses Derbyshire.

The Midshires Way is a 230 mile long distance path, running from the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire to Stockport, passing through Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Derbyshire section runs from Long Eaton to Buxton and then onto Stockport, and has been written up in three handy guides published by Derbyshire County Council. It was the first guide- the 17 ½ section from Long Eaton to Duffield- that we decided to tackle.

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Short of time for an adventure? Try a Microadventure!

When thinking of adventure, particularly endurance type adventures, most people imagine weeks spent trekking an epically long trail in some distant land, probably along some unpronounceable mountain chain. Yes, this would certainly qualify as an adventure, but many of us just don’t have the time for these epic expeditions, much as we would love to do them. We have families, full-time jobs, cats…

This realisation can cause much frustration and you would be forgiven for assuming that you can’t live that adventurous life of your dreams, because you simply have too many commitments to just disappear.

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The Fitbit Revolution- I’m Part of it!

Everyone I interact with nowadays seems to have a Fitbit adorning their wrist as a permanent feature. These little black things seem to dictate everyone’s lives- I have lost count of the number of times a colleague has jumped up from her desk and started to march around the room to ‘get her hourly steps in’ or talk about how well or badly they slept last night… however they do seem to be helping folk to get more active and to lose weight, and when I recently had the opportunity to purchase a second-hand Fitbit I decided to see what the fuss was all about.

It’s strangely addictive. I have only had it a couple of days and am still getting to grips with it. I have had a merry time logging everything I have eaten and drunk and found out that my resting heart rate can drop as low as 51 bpm. It feels strange wearing it on my wrist, watch-like, all night, but it is strangely addictive to find out how well (or not) you’ve been sleeping. Who knew I was actually awake several times without even being aware of it.

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Back in the Swim

I had a bit of a breakthrough on Wednesday- I got myself back in the water! You may remember I had rather stupidly entered the Half Outlaw Triathlon this year but had to drop out due to the infected abscess on my back… I hadn’t been swimming since- that’s seven months!

I kept thinking about getting back into the water… hell, I even dreamt of getting back into a swimming pool. I was so scared that I would completely forget how to do front crawl and revert back to my doggie paddle. I have had a few days off from work this week and though it was just high time I did it!

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When Choice Can be a Problem…

As 2017 draws to a close (is it just me or has it only been five minutes since last Christmas and New Year?!) I am sure that everyone’s thoughts are turning to next year’s adventures.

I am no exception but when I try to decide on what to do next year I have a dilemma- the dilemma of Too Much Choice!

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Autumn’s Appeal at Bradgate Park

I am not usually a big fan of Autumn. For me, Autumn means the end of Summer, the end of those lovely long light evenings, the onset of winter with rain, cold, mud, mud and more mud…

I prefer Spring- when the countryside starts bursting into life, the days get longer and you start being able to go for a walk after tea. However, I must admit that Autumn has a certain appeal, especially those gorgeous colours.

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Walking in France; Azay-le-Ferron

We had planned another route in La Brenne for our last day’s walking. Helen had a route card displaying a variety of routes, and our intention was to put the longest one and the shortest one together…

… well that was our intention. On waking (every morning we both woke up at exactly the same time… 7am. We weren’t psychic- the village church is only feet away from the gites and the bells ring at 7am every morning…) I went down to make a drink, took Helen’s in to her and settled back in bed with my book.

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