After building up to it slowly by doing plenty of 5Ks and more recently walks between 7 and 8 Kilometres I finally did a 10K walk today (though it ended up as a 11K) and though it might not be the most I’ve ever walk it is the most post achilles rupture and the most since I’ve had to give up sport. As with most of my Solent Walks I was joined by Jason and it was good having someone to chat to during the walk though does tend to slow you done but as I keep quoting a saying I saw a “30 Minute Mile is the same distance as a 12 Minute Mile” and also as people often remark it is also Mile longer than someone who is sat doing nothing, it all adds up and not only have I noticed the difference in my physique due to this walks my Diabetes Nurse who I saw this morning also commented on it, I feel a lot fitter than I used to as well, when I first started I was just glad to walk the 5K in an hour and after today’s walk I actually felt (and still feel) better than I did after the first 5K.
I had planned the walk on Strava but fine tuned it this morning on Map My Run as I’m compare the apps to see what I find best and am finding it really annoying that some things only work with Strava and some with Map My Run and the Apple Watch Workout App doesn’t allow viewing via web so am currently stuck using the 3 apps. When I start Pure Gym the end of the month when the Fareham Gym opens (Hopefully) it is linked to Strava but not Map My Run, I have found Map My Run the better app for doing Routes on the web so for planning but have had issues with using it on my Apple Watch where it started my Walk 13 miles away (When I did the last walk at home/work and do the next at the other) as the GPS was slow to update.
Anyway back to the 10K, I started at home and went to the far west of Fareham (Ranvilles Lane) before then going to the north of Fareham (Highlands/Kiln Road) before heading back into town before walking back home, the planned route was 10K but as often find when doing these routes these are rough estimates as sometimes the path going slightly longer than the road which I think these are based on and sometimes like today we do a slight detour as the path we take isn’t yet on any maps. I think this was the first time I have ever walked the whole length of Highlands Road in one go and have now planned to walk the Deviation Line walk as we walked past this and it has always fascinated me as until recently never knew much about it as when you drive past the Car Park it’s name never triggers anything and by the time you’re home you’ve forgotten about it. The walk we did has a climb for much of the first 5K with a small drop during this before you then walk downhill quite quickly before it then rising slightly again as we return back to the start, though the only real noticeable climb is right at the start during the first Kilometre and then between 2 and 3KM before then becomes just a steady climb which you don’t really notice. When I saw the time of just under 2 hours for the 11K I was at first a bit disappointed but after working it out at 3.54mph including having to wait to cross roads that’s pretty good going especially as the average walking pace is around 3-3.5mph and our splits where pretty much consistent which I always take as a good sign. I can now also claim my 10K medal.
Besides planning other different 10K routes to make sure my walks are varied I am going to try and do this walk at least once a month. So tomorrow we go North of the M27 to Knowle and Funtley which I have never walked to before, I just hope my trainers will be up to the terrain as I don’t have any trail shoes since most of my walks have been on tarmac so use my Adidas Cloudfoam trainers though tomorrow I will use my ASICS trainers that used to use for Gym (I have another pair of Cloudfoam for the gym now 💡).
Part of my walks and part of the Solent Way I did the Lee on Solent to Hill Head Harbour section going from Leon’s Bistro (Where we started the Lee on Solent to Stokes Bay walk) to Hill Head Harbour which is also the start of the Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve and then back again with one of my Best mates (Jason) who has also done the other walks along the Solent with me, this was going to be a distance of 6.8KM as a round trip which continues to build my confidence in doing a 10KM walk in the next week.
It was partly cloudy and getting towards dusk as we set out taking a few photos along the way as it is such as lovely view and one I don’t take enough off as only live 3 miles (I will walk down one day) from home, however it was still warm and perfect walking weather, there was still plenty of people down the front and some were running the section we were walking, as we leave Lee and get to the start of Hill Head you past a few beach huts and as you get past here there is a private section and as we weren’t sure if could walk through we decided to head inland a bit and walk along the road that goes past the Osbourne View Pub which you’re supposed to see Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight but maybe due to the low light we weren’t able to see this and though I tried to take a photo with maximum zoom it is a bit grainy and though you might be able to make it out it’s not very clear so I might have to visit during the day. Just past the pub we took a steep road back down to the beach and took some photos of what seems to be a rig (please correct us if not) before carrying on along the front past more beach huts to Hill Head Sailing Club before passing the entrance to Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve (I can see you have to pay to enter here but wondering if have to walk around it up toward Titchfield) and over the bridge to Hill Head Harbour, which for some reason I keep calling Titchfield Harbour even though that is a few miles upstream in Titchfield which is now part of the Haven, this is where we turned around and headed back as the light was now fading fast, I expect we will start from here in a later walk as you can walk to Titchfield or Warsash from here.
This summer I have loved walking along the Solent, it’s been cooling that doing walks inland and also the I love the views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight especially as it starts to become dusk and you see the island lights turn on, as there is only 3 main towns on the north side you can see this more clearly but it’s pretty to see a occasion light between the towns as well as all the different ships that sail the Solent, I’ve not yet been down when a cruise ship has been arriving or leaving Southampton.
On the way back we decided to walk along the private section as we could if need by walk below the high tide mark but nothing was said though this section is pretty tough as was different heights so you had to climb over/down the barriers (I’m sure they have a proper name) and it was stoney section so worked our calves a lot more so this was a slower section and then back on to solid ground across the the Hovercraft slipway back to the Bistro. Though this was a less of a challenge then going to Stokes Bay via Browndown it was a very good work out but as been doing a lot of walks I felt good and was happy to carry on but as was now nearly 9pm we decide best to call a night. I have now done Hill Head Harbour to Gosport and also Warsash to Lower Swanwick plus the Royal Victoria Country Park section along the Solent/River Hamble to next step is the sections over the River Hamble to do Hamble to The River Itchen before the Portsmouth section. I’m unlikely to do the New Forest section though I might do the Southampton section next year.
It’s 2 months since I did a post about the walking challenges I was doing or was planning and now 2 months later I’ve done 7 walking Challenges including 4 5K walks and 3 monthly challenges with the last one being 100 miles in a month.
For my 5K walks I’ve being doing part of the Solent Way walk which with 3 additional walks planned (longer section of walk) I will have completed Southampton to Eastney part of the walk and probably plan another to complete the walk to Emsworh, the 3 I have planned are around 10K walks so will be looking at doing these as 10K challenges, as I do these as round trips it will make the Solent Way double as I walk in a loop so start at say Lee On Solent, walk to Titchfield Haven and then walk back to Lee On Solent, I really enjoy these walks and Jason (one of my best friends) has come with me on the last couple and we have also learnt more history about our area (I only live 3-5 miles from The Solent), it’s also very pleasant to walk along the seafront in the evening after the heat of the day recently. I still have 2 5K walks to do during September/October to complete a set of medals (Medal Mad ones above) and am also doing a 100K (The one with the 100K Friends Medal) monthly one over the next month though the last week has been pretty much been written off has had stomach issues, perhaps just a stomach bug or perhaps due to my diabetes who knows but I will try and do the Hill Head section this week one evening to get me back on track.
I also plan to take in some of our Country Parks in my local area as besides Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield I can’t say I’ve visited them much until went to Royal Victoria on 4th July for my Independence Day 5K walk, we have lovely countryside on the south coast as well as the seafront so might as well use it as beats walking on a treadmill in the Gym though I’m sure will be back in the gym when the weather turns.
In my 1000K over the year I have now done 565K in 4 months so my plan to complete this in 9 months sine I only started in April looks good, next year I’m looking at doing a special distance like the length of Route 66 or the Distance between Lands End and John O’Groats but will look at this around Christmas time.
To those that walk, keep walking you’re going faster and further than those who do nothing.
It’s just over 5 years now since I had my achilles repaired and forced to retire from sports and in last few years also told by 2 orthopaedic surgeons, a chiropractor and Physiotherapist that I shouldn’t run either as my lower joints won’t take the stress after the trauma from the rupture which has caused me to lose some of the motivation I had to go to the gym and exercise more, though I have managed to do RPM classes and also do some Gym Cardio workouts I still missed running (not sure why!) so when I came across a facebook post (advert) from Race At Your Pace I thought I’ll have a look and find out a bit more about it, the idea behind it is to set yourself a goal to walk, jog, run or even cycle a certain amount of miles in a month (25, 50, 75 & 100 for walk/jog/run 100, 200, 300, 400 for cycle) and you pay £10 (£14 if want a compression top) to enter and you get a medal if you complete the goal (a percentage also goes to charity). I decided to sign up and give it a goal and set a 25 mile goal (I ended up doing 90 miles) and at the end of the month submitted my claim. During the month I looked at whether there is others that do this type of challenge and found a few, last month I did one from Zoom Virtual Races but this time I did a 5K in one go (It was a first timed 5K I have done outside since injury) and got a Star Wars Zoom Wars Medal, I ended up doing 3 5K walks last month too. This month I have gone back to Race at Your Pace as I like there medal and set a 75 Miles goal. I have also signed up to do 1000K over the course of 12 months but am planning of trying to do this in 8 months as I signed up in April. This has increased my motivation and the last 5K I did I was 6 minutes faster than my first and still only walking as I now walk a tad faster but at a more consistent pace, I do have a goal of doing a 10K walk next month and this has given me a bit more motivation to do things like this. My Mum has just finished one for May where she had to do 31 Miles over the course of a month and she’s just waiting for her medal to come. I know that there is 5K Parkruns that are free but I’m not sure how I would feel watching people run pass and completing the course in half the time that I would take (about 50 minutes) so doing these virtual races are good as no-one can say how slow you go and also if the weather is bad I can use the treadmill in the gym, I’m also thinking of doing some of the challenges just on the Cross Trainer so I would do 25 miles on the cross trainer in a month (or something like that), one of the sites also gave a useful guide on how to work out certain gym classes into Miles so that also gives me another option though at present I’m not back to doing Gym classes just standard gym workouts but this may change in the future. It has also got me walking at lunchtimes at work which is good as it means I’m away from my desk which I don’t often do and ended up working most of my lunch so this can only benefit me.