People's response beyond this depends largely whether or not they like doing the things that I do in their spare time. Runners and outdoor people are generally a mix of jealous and (dare I say it) impressed. I keep having to remind them that I haven't done anything yet! But even that's not strictly true. I've spent many hundreds of hours thinking about it on runs over the past fifteen years. Indeed one of the main reasons I love running is the head space and thinking time it gives me. I can set out on a run with all sorts on my mind but can straighten most things out by the time I get back; it puts things into perspective and makes day to day concerns fade away. Some people find it boring, I've just never understood that!
Since I first set the date a year and a half ago, getting things sorted has come in fits and bursts. But there's no doubt about it, it's full steam ahead from this point. Maybe my biggest worry is balancing work, family, training and planning over the coming months. It hasn't really happened yet, but I know there will be stressful times ahead. While watching a favourite film of mine 'Into the Wild' this week I was reminded of one of the main reasons I'm doing it.
For those of you that don't know the book or the film, it is the true story of Chris McCandless who shunned his privileged middle class lifestyle, burned and gave away his sizeable trustfund and lived off the land, travelling the USA and living a life free of many of the trappings of life that he felt stifle the human spirit. His last great adventure was to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. I won't spoil it for you by telling you the rest, but he had this to say:
The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences
What he did makes my efforts look paltry, but there is a small bit of that spirit driving me to have this adventure of my own.
Training has gone well this week and I managed my target hourage. It looked like this:
T: 1 hour 30 Loughrigg and Wansfell
W: 1 hour Scout Scar home from work
T: 50 mins Scout Scar to work
F: 50 mins Scout Scar
S: 2 hours rd bike Langdale
S: 3 hr 20 big run from Kentmere
Total Run: 7 hours 9000 feet of ascent Bike: 2 hours Pilates: 30 mins
Still not 'flying fit' but getting the milage in so I know its coming. Pleased to get out on the bike for the first time in a while as well. Really need to increase the stretching and core work now to help me stay injury free as the milage increases.
14 weeks to go
14 weeks to go
'The lads' on Kidsty Pike today