Ben Nevis Training Hike #4

It’s getting even closer!!! Aaaaaaah!!!

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Location: Bluebell Hill
Trail type: woodland/trail/footpath
Distance: 1.97-break for lunch-2.38 (4.35 total)
Time: 28m-break-40m (1h 8m total)
Average pace: 14:16m/km -break- 17:42m/km

The weather we had for this walk was amazing. I was feeling a bit crappy, but as soon as I felt the sun I cheered right up! Summer is coming. It’s even light when I get up for work now!

The walk was good, the first half was down hill and then flattened out, so it was easy enough to manage. The we got to a pub and decided as we needed to stop for a wee break we may as well stop and have lunch too. After we had eaten big lunches, we then walked back along a different route…of course as the way to the pub was downhill, the way back was uphill. We ended up walking along a small trail that was quite steep going uphill. It felt like it was going to never end! I struggled with the hill, I had to concentrate on breathing (I have asthma) and keeping my legs moving. I kept my focus on the ground in front of me and avoided looking up at what was left to climb-I would have become discouraged otherwise. After that hill I am worried about BN. It’s all going to be one giant hill!! I am going to die.

I’ve made a Ben Nevis countdown schedule, and put down gym days and whatnot. Expect lots of workout posts in the next 2 weeks. If I don’t go, feel free to hurl abuse at me. Not really. I would get upset. I beat myself up enough for not going to the gym…

Anyways… Here’s some pictures!

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Ben Nevis Training Hike #2

On Sunday the BN crew went for another hike, through a lovely rural country park. I have an admission to make. There may have been an incident in training hike #1 in which I slipped in the mud. And just as H said the first one to fall buys lunch, and A calls H to tell him something, lo and behold it happens again. Butt splat. 2-0 to mud. I can’t even pretend it didn’t happen like last week, everyone saw.

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Summary:
Location: Lullingstone Country Park
Trail type: Woodland & field
Distance: 6.2 km
Time: 1h 52m
Av pace: 18:04min/km

We did stop often to take pictures, so we were probably walking faster than that overall.

This course was hilly, muddy, and beautiful to look at. It goes through a golf course and past a roman villa, and a castle. Albeit a small Castle but there we go. I found this walk difficult because it was hilly-which doesn’t bode well for Ben Nevis. The one before was hilly too, but I’m inclined to think this was hillier. Incline. Get it? I need to get out more. And work harder at the gym. I used my hydration pack for the first time, I did wash it out before using it, but the water still tasted like plasticy chlorine. More cleaning is to be done I think.

Less than 4 weeks until we go, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit scared. Daunted. But also looking forward to it. Urg.

On a side note, clean eating is going well so far. Majorly craved ice cream yesterday, but didn’t have any.

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