cracking open the collection tin and some Moonwalk tips – first published 30 April 2013

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With twelve days until Moonwalk night I was finally getting prepared for the long, long walk. The first collection tin had been opened, the money counted and people who’d not walked it before were asking me for advice. So what did I tell them? Continue reading cracking open the collection tin and some Moonwalk tips – first published 30 April 2013

a Sunday race and a different river – first published 28 April 2013

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Despite my marathon walk on Friday, the walking wasn’t over for the last weekend of April 2013. Commando had a race to run and it was in an area I’d wanted to explore for some time. Of course I had to go along to cheer him on and have a little wander while he was running. Getting lost and getting wet were both distinct possibilities but when have I ever let that stop me? Continue reading a Sunday race and a different river – first published 28 April 2013

twenty six miles the struggle for the finish – first published 26 april 2013

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After the excitement and emotion of finally reaching my goal and seeing Winchester Cathedral there was still the small matter of the long walk home. These would be the really hard miles and now there was no voice telling me to turn back because it was too late for that. It was simply a case of putting on foot in front of the other and walking through the pain. There was also the small problem of rain… Continue reading twenty six miles the struggle for the finish – first published 26 april 2013

Winchester and the long walk home – first published 26 April 2013

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At any given point in a long walk there is an internal battle against the voice inside my head telling me I must be mad and to turn for home immediately and check myself into a clinic to get help for my obvious mental health issues. Mostly I ignore it and keep walking but, when the walk in question is twenty-six or more miles, the voices get very loud. From the outset Winchester had been the aim of all these walks, the holy grail that I’d been walking towards for months. It was within touching distance but the voice in my head told me it might be a step too far. Did I listen? Continue reading Winchester and the long walk home – first published 26 April 2013

The last long walk…almost – first published 26 April 2013

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As April 2013 was drawing to a close I had one more long Moonwalk training walk ahead of me. This was the big one, twenty-six point two miles. The longest walks or runs on most marathon training plans stop at twenty or twenty-two miles. The logic being, if you can make it that far, you can do the whole marathon on the day. This is not something I’ve been comfortable with and, for both my Moonwalks, I’ve trained to the full distance. Whether this is a sensible approach or not remains to be seen but it does at least leave me confident I can finish a marathon. April 26 was the day of the long walk…

Continue reading The last long walk…almost – first published 26 April 2013

another challenge, a clothes problem and an old friend – first published 25 April 2013

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Some weeks are just topsy turvy and confusing and the last full week of April 2013 was just that. Because Arabella was in the office for three days I moved my working days around and ended up not knowing what day it was all week. Having my boss in the office like a whirling dervish for three whole days left me worn out and then there was the small problem of my untidy wardrobe. Continue reading another challenge, a clothes problem and an old friend – first published 25 April 2013

Buses, stairs, coffee and a crime scene – first published 22 April 2013

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In April 2013 a bus trip had me thinking about manners, or the lack of them. Perhaps it’s a sign of the advancing years but it seems the modern world is full of thoughtlessness and the bus is a good place to see examples of it. Then there was a walk through St Mary’s and a close encounter with another sad reality of life in the twenty first century. All in all it made me wish I lived in a gentler, more polite time.

Continue reading Buses, stairs, coffee and a crime scene – first published 22 April 2013

sea, wildflowers and motivation – first published 19 April 2013

Moss on the old sea wall
Moss on the old sea wall

My walk along the shore had reminded me of the reason I’d signed up for the Moonwalk. Perhaps I needed that before the next walk, which would be a full marathon. In the end this was not about aching legs, painful knees, blistered feet or struggling to put one foot in front of the other, it was about raising money to help fight cancer. Now it was time to walk back and this part of the walk reminded me that nature is not always cruel. Continue reading sea, wildflowers and motivation – first published 19 April 2013

Netley Castle, a reminder of why I’m Moonwalking – first published 19 April 2013

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Moonwalk night was getting ever closer and, on the day of the last short walk before the big twenty six mile training walk, I had a plan. Ok, so the original plan went by the wayside because of Commando Senior’s accident and a total lack of time, even so the modified plan gave me a huge reminder of why I was doing all this in the first place… Continue reading Netley Castle, a reminder of why I’m Moonwalking – first published 19 April 2013

Preparing for the bra decorating marathon – first published 18 April 2013

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In the middle of April, feeling unreasonably guilty that my friend Gigi was being made redundant, I was bogged down with a to do list that seemed to be growing by the second. Even so, I wouldn’t have traded jobs for the world. On top of my office workload, I had the tricky problem of what to do about my Moonwalk bra. In truth,  I’d have like a few extra hours in my day. As it was I made do with a sign from above.  Continue reading Preparing for the bra decorating marathon – first published 18 April 2013