These weeks are really fillers in the walking sense. Just keeping an element of fitness before the big push next spring – no doubt another Week of Pain at some time then.
I have had one or two aches and pains this week, not related to walking. In the light of a rain forecast last Sunday, I instead had a 90 minute session in the gym, though in the end the weather turned out just fine. But it was good to something different and tone those areas that don’t get much toning from walking. Trying to get yesterday’s cricket disappointment out of my system and rueful that today’s weather would have done just fine for yesterday. I think I have hit on how to get a bit more out of myself – a normal walk for a few miles, then a much quicker section that is better than 15 minute miles, and that helps to bring out a bit of sweat and a faster heart rate. Then the final section is a tough one, feeling almost as if I have walked far further than I really have. The quicker section was about four and a half miles in less than an hour today and I could feel the benefit.
18 miles in total today and I could have done even more but we had visitors due. The most bizarre thing was at my coffee stop (in Stubbington) where I picked a newspaper off the rack just as another person reached for the same paper. It was settled amicably and my paper protagonist was a pleasant chap, (though) with two young boys, probably aged about 6 and 4, in Saints shirts. I said to him that they had a decent chance of winning today, to which he replied that he didn’t really like football, but his boys loved it. He did mention that one of their players “was as much use as a chocolate teapot” and I commented that we’d had a few of those as well last year. The conversation then took a stranger turn as I did point out that a chocolate teapot is actually quite useful if you love chocolate. He laughed and said that “it’s just a saying and, yeah, it doesn’t make sense when you point that out”. It was nice to have an absolutely juvenile conversation. I would love to get a chocolate teapot as an Easter present, especially if some white chocolate was involved. Not that anyone will remember by Easter that I said that.