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As the challenge of walking Hadrian’s wall rapidly approaches I need to up the distance on my training walks. So, this weekend I planned to follow the route of one of my first charity walks from Hastings Pier to Eastbourne Pier. But in reverse. I knew it was around 18 miles, 3 miles further than my last big walk.
The weather was against me as it was supposed to be rather wet late afternoon, and to hit Eastbourne pier would mean doubling back on myself. I headed to the seafront the quickest way and headed towards the marina. This is a fairly easy walk as it is mainly very flat. There are some hard going sections, which you can avoid, but I like the change of terrain and chose the route that takes you across about 2 miles of shingly beach. Around 6 miles in started raining lightly and as I wasn’t yet halfway I knew I was in for a soaking.
Another 2 miles and it was time for the waterproof jacket. It looked like the rain was here to stay, and having stupidly not packed my waterproof trousers, the walk turned into more of a mental challenge. On the last 6-8 miles I would pass quite close to 2-3 train stations that could easily tempt me. As my legs got wetter, and I could feel the cold affecting my muscles, it was hard to keep up the pace and make it to the end. My lunch stop in a beach shelter fortified me as did the words of encouragement from friends online and I forfeited my reward of a pint to jump on the first train home. I had lost a mile or so at the beginning but I was very pleased with my pace and completed 16.5 miles in 4 hours 20 minutes. Next week I hope to break 20 miles cross country with some tough hills thrown in.
Full version of an article written for a local magazine
Walking for a Breakthrough
Living on the edge of the South Downs National Park I have always loved walking, but recently I have surprised myself by what I have achieved, through pushing boundaries with my fitness. As a Graphic Designer my daily life is fairly sedentary other than lunchtime strolls, so a few years back I decided to change this with more frequent gym sessions and of course more walking.
I first entered the Eastbourne Half Marathon, never intending to run, but as way of having a training goal and a 13 mile distance to aim at was my starting point. Elevating this with a pier to pier walk, from Hastings to Eastbourne of around 18 miles. This was also my first charity event in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and the start of something new. I was now starting to challenge myself further each year, and 2011 saw me entering a Trekathon from Lewes to Beachy head, at full marathon distance. Being cross country and with the Seven Sisters as the final stretch, I found this pretty tough, and the last few miles were very slow until I finally trudged across the line. At the beginning of 2012 I was looking for the next challenge, and wanting to keep on upping the distance, good old Google found me the London 2 Brighton Challenge. This sounded great, being nearby, but was a massive jump at a distance of 100km. 62.5 miles, an ultra marathon! I was a little unsure at first, but if I really wanted to get fitter a challenge like this would require some serious planning, training and deciding who I would be raising money for.
The company I work for supports Hope for Children, and i have had close connections with them for a number of years, so having made this decision, I signed up and my first 100km challenge was on!
Training was going to be key and luckily the welcome pack contained information on a 15 week training plan, which I followed closely enabling me to successfully complete my biggest challenge yet. The temptation of half price entry to the Thames Path 100k convinced me to surprise myself further, especially as I had just joined a group tackling the 3 Peaks Challenge as well! I was quickly finding that these challenges would be addictive. There is nothing really comparable that gives you the same feeling. At the start hoping that you have put in enough training, knowing that you will be walking through the night for over 20 hours. All manner of hardships and struggles along the way, and then the massive feeling of elation and relief as you cross the finish line. Remembering the fact that your are walking for charity as the key thing that can really keep you going when It gets tough, and I was really pleased that through these 2 events I raised £1500 for HOPE for Children.
This year I am doing another 100km charity event and possibly the toughest. The Trans Pennine Challenge, set in the Peak District, starting in Manchester and walking to Sheffield. I chose to walk in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer again, as I think that this disease has hit most families at some point, but most of all I am doing it in memory of my Aunt as this has given me experience of the hardships it can cause. Their mission is to save lives through enabling and ensuring access to improvements in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Sounds like a good thing to me! If you would like to kindly sponsor me and help me reach my target of £1000 for this great cause please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/OliverPrentice
Thanks to all those that have supported me along the way, and especially to those friends that helped me train, and the amazing inspirational people I have met along the way. Walking really is a great way to keep fit but why not combine it with fundraising and maybe you can help make a breakthrough too?
First Boot Camp Session – A few photos
A few pics of yesterdays Boot Camp, pinched from Sue, and taken by Chris the instructor on her camera.
The first shows the mega hill we warmed up on (I’m the one half way down in the hat) and then a few of the interval training with weights, before the 3 mile rope run, thankfully on the home straight! Bring on the next session!
After recently getting into Cross Fit, i found out that the trainers also run a monthly boot camp session. I wasn’t too sure what to expect and at 2.5 hours I wondered whether if it would be too intense and too much.
Those from Eastbourne will know how steep the hill is at the foot of Beachy Head. Well running halfway up this, followed by squats 3 times was our warm up! We then headed over the hills to the St Bedes School Rugby fields, between us carrying an assortment of weights and kettle bells etc which in itself was quite tough.
Today I had my 3rd session at Cross Fit and I am still loving it, It’s great inspiration to get out and exercise too as, with snow covering the UK it would be very tempting to stay inside and wrap up warm.
I had seen on Facebook that we might be doing power cleans and was a bit nervous as this seemed very technical and I wondered if I would even be able to do it. But after warming up all doubts were put aside as we broke it down into individual movements in order to keep it safe and learn which muscles we should be using. After getting used to the movements I added 10kg to the bar making it 30kg in total.
Another exercise that would be in the workout was the wall stand press up. This involves kind of cart wheeling up until your feet touch the wall and you then lower yourself down and do a vertical push up. Extremely hard, so our option was to walk our feet back up the wall as high as we could and then hold there and recite the alphabet.
So todays workout in the best time possible consisted of 3 rounds of 21, then 15, then 9 of the following:
Wall ball throws
Wall hand stand
I finished in 9:37 and was quite amazed at that time. These sessions are great at putting doubts out of your mind and showing what you really can achieve!