So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my walks. Most have been covering similar ground, but yesterday I got the 5:53 train over to Rye, to try and follow the 30 mile 1066 trail back to Pevensy Castle.

Luckily the rain passed as I got off the train and figured out my bearings to find the start of the trail on the edge of the town. The sun was rising behind me as I started off along the winding path by the edge of the marshes, and it wasn’t long till I was climbing the first hill into Winchelsea.

As I headed off into more wilder countryside and farmland, it was becoming clear that this was a not too often used trail, and I would have to sharpen up my map reading skills. Lots of the signs were faded, and some paths having not been used recently were barely visible. Coming into one field full of horses, with no sign of where the path exited. I skirted round with a constant whinnying over my shoulder. One horse had taken a dislike to me being there, and as I approached a gate, he was suddenly too close and gaining, so I had to dive over the gate. He laughed at me after. Looking around I had found myself on a very overgrown path, but checking the compass I knew I was going in the right direction and with a bit of luck soon found myself back on the trail.

It was certainly hillier than I had expected, and much warmer, luckily seeing the sign for Battle being 2 miles away meant that I could break for lunch at around 16 miles in.

Setting off again the countryside seemed even wilder and remote and had to constantly check for land marks and follow the map. But this soon turned into farmland and the path followed perimeter roads or roads through them, so it was getting tough on the feet as it is never nice walking on Tarmac in walking boots.

I soon realised that I had covered around 23 miles and checking the map estimated that I would still have 10+ miles to go if I stuck strictly to the 1066 trail. I was also nearly out of fluids, so at 25 miles I decided that I had done enough. I didn’t want to break 30 miles this training session and knew there was still a fair amount of road walking till I reached Pevensey levels, which I have already walked before. Still the furthest I have walked solo in unknown territory so very pleased.


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#crossfit #wod #amrap #fitness


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#trail #run #ebphoto #igerseastbourne #training #hope24 #eastbourne #sussex #woods


A fun and rather muddy 13 mile adventure from Eastbourne to Berwick. Time to up the training!


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Don't look down: a glimpse at the world's scariest hikes | Travel | theguardian.com

Wow, these are some full on challenging hiking trails!!


About a year ago I started doing CrossFit. I immediately clicked with this style of training and was lucky to have found a Box with extremely knowledgable coaches. After improving my fitness through an exploration of weights, cardio and various classes I hadn’t seen much improvement in some time. I just did the same old stuff week after week. With CrossFit I was suddenly learning proper Olympic lifting, gymnastic rolls, handstands and all manor of other things. Not only doing them but learning the correct form first. I soon started to see improvements as the constantly varied approach always threw up fresh challenges.

CrossFit also embraces nutrition and is associated with the Paleo way of eating, not a diet. This isn’t rammed down your throat, but after a while it is intriguing especially as the mantra, “to eat meat, veg, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar” is part of the print on the back of the t-shirts. I never thought I would adopt anything as strict as this as I was so used to eating breads, cereals and pastas etc. The new year came around, and January is the time a lot of people cut back or do some form of detox. Some fellow cross fitters were talking about the 21 day sugar detox. I asked to join in and ordered the book to find out more.

I had already been eating pretty healthy dinners but cutting out all breads and cereals would mean some major changes and planning. The book had 3 weeks worth of meal plans and recipes. I wanted to be influenced by these but then try and work out my own plans so that I could maybe carry on afterwards. The first weekends made me quite anxious when I realised time was passing and shops would be shutting and I still had to figure out what to make and buy. By day 3 and 4 my mind was very clouded and work was a struggle as I couldn’t focus and kept losing my train of thought. I really was amazed at the detox effects of cutting out sugar and how hard it seemed. I didn’t feel up to that evenings CrossFit session, but after the warm up suddenly felt really energised. I felt like my body was getting energy from different reserves.

As time passed the cravings for snacks and chocolate started to fade. I realised that cutting out sugar was actually more about cutting out processed foods. I never had sugar in tea anyway. Maybe what was written on the t shirts wasn’t so out of reach after all. As I started to get more clarity I began using the book more to make snacks including grain free granolas and cookies and all manner of things that I never thought I would, to help prep meals for the week ahead. These were vital to stop mid afternoon runs to the shop or temptations if someone at work brings round cakes etc.

Approaching the end of the 21 days I started thinking what I would eat and at first was thinking a big greasy pizza, but the closer it got I actually realised that I didn’t really want to go back to how I ate before. I didn’t miss bread, and courgette noodles were so tasty that pasta/noodles were not missed either. The benefits were so much more important. I felt happier, less bloated, more focused on achieving things on my to do lists, had more energy and was having better, deeper sleep. I look forward to each meal as my taste buds have changed to appreciate flavours more, and lemon chicken with a load of veg, is much tastier than a boring sandwich anyway. This is not a diet it is a change to eating natural whole, fresh foods, but as a bonus I have lost 5kg over the 3 weeks, and now consider myself eating Paleo with a few cheats here and there. I totally recommend the 21 day sugar detox to anyone. It’s not even a month, try it you wont regret it I’m sure!


#ebphoto #igerseastbourne #eastbourne #sunset A lovely break from the wind and rain.

#ebphoto #igerseastbourne #eastbourne #sunset A lovely break from the wind and rain.


CrossFit Nutrition

Well worth an hour of your life. Check this video for simple guidelines to healthy eating that make sense.


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A beautiful Sunrise walk to Beachy Head with Little Man



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