I smashed it !
Woohoo, 1000 miles in the bag, muchas gracias 😉
Some of you may remember my #Walk1000miles challenge I started on Janaury 9th this year when then it seemed a very far off, most inconceivable goal for me. Many of you have been following my progress, with my regular shout outs of my distance, places walked and mountains climbed, on social media, FB & IG, even though I know it’s not the done thing, according to the Huffpost UK FB rules 😉 :
Realise no one cares how far thou hast run (unless it was from a tiger or bear)
Well, I’m pretty chuffed and amazed, I’ve just plodded on, walking further and further. The summer temperatures gave me a serious battering, I don’t think I’ve actually ever been this brown, I’m certainly wethered that’s for sure. Walking at dawn, was the only answer, but with the fierce heat this year, even then temperatures were in the high 20’s.
There were only a few moments when I thought, ‘Lynsey, this is just too far’ and yes talking to myself has helped, keep me sane ? Not sure about that, but it’s got me up the hills at point of collapse.
Things I’ve learned along the way :
- You always need more water than you think.
- Don’t look up when going up a big hill.
- Don’t get your hopes up when you think the end is in sight – It’s further away than it looks.
- Stop and look at the view.
- Remeber your € for your café con leche.
- Look for ants nest before taking a peepee.
- As Baz Luhrmann says ‘Remember the sunscreen’
- Exhaustive, hysteria is a thing.
- This girl CAN !
Thanks for all those who have supported me, my amigas and family that have whiled away a fair few miles with me. Those who have tooted as driven passed, offered a lift when I look lost or done in, or just slowed down and shouted ‘Nearly there’ or ‘Surely you haven’t walked from there’ I thank-you. I will be plodding on, I best do, as I have more walking boots and trainers than killer heels now, not quite, but how times change.
Living in the mountains has often made me crave of flat roads and no hills to climb. Coastal walks have been included in my total and country lanes with time spent in the U.K, but the bonus I get is that I can proudly say I have climbed equivalent to 5 Everests – 45,011 meters of elevation. The local ‘Cabras’ have nothing on me 😉
Next stop, a week on the Camino de Santiago, back-pack loaded, pilgrim here I come.
Oh BTW – lost 18kg in total, never had a summer before without gaining, thumbs up for calorie burning walking.
Buen Camino !