A little London adventure – first published 8 September 2013

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The morning of Saturday 8 September 2013 found Commando and I setting off for a little London adventure on the train. Normally a London trip means the West End, shopping or museum visiting, unless it’s a Moonwalk extravaganza but this time we were off to unchartered waters, Greenwich, for Commando’s Run to the Beat half marathon. Continue reading A little London adventure – first published 8 September 2013

into the light, pain, tears and joy – first published 11 May 2013

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The easy miles were over and I’d passed the halfway point. If this had been a training walk I’d be in Winchester and have turned for home about then but, as it was, I just kept going, blindly following the pink clad throng all around me.  The half mooners had gone and I couldn’t help imagining them all celebrating with coffee and cakes before toddling home to their warm beds. There was more than a touch of envy. Now for the hard miles, walking into the dawn… Continue reading into the light, pain, tears and joy – first published 11 May 2013

walking in the dark and marvelling at the bright lights – first published 11 May 2013

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The waiting was finally over. The Moonwalk I’d trained so hard for had begun and I was off into the dark, Wind and rain in Battersea amid a sea of wet bra wearing women. We were women on a mission, not just to walk twenty six point two miles, fight tiredness, cold and the elements, but to raise money for breast cancer charities, it was going to be a long, long night and, as usual, I was walking alone even though I was surrounded by people. Continue reading walking in the dark and marvelling at the bright lights – first published 11 May 2013

All the fun of the big pink tent – first published 11 May 2013

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Moonwalk day had finally arrived and, for the second time in a week, I was off to London. This time it was in the car with Commando. We had a hotel booked in Putney but only one of us would be spending the night there and there was the small matter of actually getting to it. Driving in London is not as simple as you’d think… Continue reading All the fun of the big pink tent – first published 11 May 2013

As ready as I’ll every be – first published 10 May 2013

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The Monwalk I’d been planning and training for for so long was just hours away and my nerves were beginning to kick in. Mostly, they were about the journey, the details. Then there were all the final preparations… Continue reading As ready as I’ll every be – first published 10 May 2013

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

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

sea, wildflowers and motivation – first published 19 April 2013

Moss on the old sea wall
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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