In 9 weeks time, the start of my walk begins.
With the goal to walk to Aberdeen starting on January 1st, and as I only have 8 weeks left of training, yesterday’s 24 mile walk hit me. Things are becoming real. It’s not long to go. Am I ready? Physically and mentally, am I prepared?
The 24 mile walk was a struggle. My legs were hurting. I didn’t think I was going to make it. The first 13 miles were fine. The next 3 miles were OK. Then, my mentality was tested. The final 8 miles took it’s toll. As each mile was walked, the harder it got. I’ve never walked this distance. It’s 2 miles short of a marathon!!
I kept going though. I HAD TO!! I had to prove to myself I was ready. I am ready. I’ve walked the route before. It’s hilly. Hills after hills. I knew it was going to be test, but also a route that’d show my progress.
Winchester is a beautiful place. I love walking from Southampton to the town. The hills inspire me. It helps me to see my progress. Once a hill has been reached, I’m on top (obviously). I want to feel on top of my walk. I need to stay mentally strong, even if I’m struggling mentally.
Training is now picking up. More 24 mile walks are planned. A full marathons route is also planned. I’m going to be walking like nothing I’ve done before. Miles and miles will keep testing me. This is what I need though. I need to step (no pun intended) out of my comfort zone.
January will bring more than just the test of walking. I don’t know what the weather will be like. I’ve walked in torrential rain. I’ll walk in snow if I have to. I will reach Aberdeen.
Whether a walk takes longer than planned.
Whether I need an extra hour in bed before I walk.
I will reach it. I will do what I’ve set out to do. Things will keep becoming real. Things will come as a shock. Others will have bee identified beforehand.
I’ll keep writing about my training, as I want to be honest. This isn’t going to be easy. This isn’t going to be a doddle. I’ll have to fight trough the pain. I’ll need messages of support at my breaking points to keep me moving.
It’s going to be test, but I know I can do this!