A suggestive blog post title never does the viewing figures any harm in my experience, but in reality it is as innocuous as it gets, in actual fact. Last week’s post discussed the issues relating to feet and I tried out a fair smothering of Vaseline (other petroleum jelly products are available) on the sole of each foot this morning, prior to today’s walk.
Depending on which expert meteorological source one believed, rain was coming and starting somewhere between about 6pm and 8pm, but in fact it came about an hour earlier than the earliest forecast and I was walking between the raindrops back to my door for around an hour and a half, and though it was never really heavy it was quite steady for a while. Nothing to get too worked up about.
After one of the most trying periods for some significant time, where events have seemed to contrive to raise me up and then knock me down, and I have been less relaxed about things that are said or done, whether or not they related to me or my views. I need to get into the mindset that is along the lines of – if someone else is acting stupidly or illogically, that is their problem and I shouldn’t fret about it, however hard that may be if it affects what I can or can’t do or achieve. But it is hard when I think I know what is right, and any logical argument that I can muster is batted away as if I just can’t see common sense. After all, I never attended the University of Life or been to the School of Hard Knocks like what they did.
I reflected on this during the first stage of my walk today, something like 7 miles, and I often use the opening hour or two to get things out of my system. It is not unusual for me to feel really angry for a few minutes before a natural cooling system seems to take over, and I often then reflect on the good things I have or that have happened or that I have to look forward to. After a stop for coffee, I felt sufficiently positive to have a decent speed walk along the promenades of Hill Head and Lee on Solent and really got a good pace going. The rest was pretty relaxed and even the light rain couldn’t dampen my spirits. I did just start to feel the soles achieving the first level of soreness towards the very end of this walk of a bit over 21 miles but the Vaseline seemed to work.
Less than three weeks away is this Thames Path Trail Challenge and I feel ok about it. I feel that the pains in my feet will not, er, kick in that early because I will be having regular short breaks on average every 13 km (8 miles) or so. After about 60 km (37 miles) I would be surprised if doesn’t hurt in a number of places and I will have to guts it out again. But the nature of this challenge is very much the constant hard ground rather than many inclines and so it will be very different to London2Brighton where there was a massive climb over the South Downs at around 88 km to look forward to.
This may well be the last of these 100 km challenges that I do, unless something really special comes on to the ‘syllabus’ in the future. They are just a pain in the proverbial backside to arrange, and I might think about some more personal walking challenges if I decide to carry on. I will quite likely take a break and reflect on it all after this one. The charity money has been steady but the two or three weeks before and two or three weeks after would always be expected to be the peak time. The Rocky Appeal is a great charity and one that is a favourite of our cricket club at Sarisbury, where the late Paul Tosdevin, the inspiration for my choice of charity, was a distinguished player and thoroughly nice bloke.
I might well have a couple of walks in the week after next but I’ll see how it goes and how I feel. In the meantime, and with many thanks to everyone who has donated to date, if you wish to sponsor me for the Thames Path Challenge, please follow the link:
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