Showing posts from July, 2021

2 Days To Go...

I'm not sure if it's the quarter of watermelon that's messing with my stomach, or the sudden realisation that I am about to do something I have never done before, but with two days to go, it's now doing somersaults. I can't deny that I am wondering what I have signed up for, but really hoping I can get to the end - though I guess it wouldn't be a challenge if I thought I could sail through it! Earlier this week, I worked my way through the recommended kit list to make sure I had everything, but there are still things missing that I need to get hold of, so a trip to Cotswold Outdoor tomorrow may be needed to get the final few bits and pieces.  Even then, with almost everything you see in the image below (I culled a few clothes), there was no room for food, which is a concern for a muncher like myself :-/ I've been mulling over how I can share my progress, since I am not directly on Facebook any more, and for those that know me personally, I'll be traying


The final week in the run up to the South West Coast-to-Coast is here and, in less than a week, I will be starting my first UltraChallenge in order to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis UK . Since doing the massive 32 mile training walk a month ago, I have been able to get out for shorter walks once or twice a week, which have been steadily getting longer.   On Saturday, I managed 12.37 miles in a decent 3 hours 39 minutes, though with the wrong choice of shoes, which left me with blisters and sore feet.  It really made me appreciate how good my boot and sock combo is! Oh, and underwear.  Having walked in normal boxers and suffered the chafed consequences for a day or so, I ended up buying a couple of pair of SAXX Boxer Briefs .  I'm generally not one for buying expensive undies and feel that even £22 for 3 pair of boxers is somewhat extortionate.  However, if you want to feel like the family jewels are in good hands and you want to be able to shower after without feeling lik

Dan's Crohnies

  Back in 2019, my brother-in-law asked if I would be interested in undertaking 2020's South West Coast-to-Coast Ultra Challenge .  I had seen both he and my sister go through a number of these challenges and so, with all the naivety of the inexperienced - and despite several of my sister's toenails dropping of - I optimistically thought, "Why, not?!" Roll on 2020 and, as we all know, the world ungracefully fell apart.  As a result, the challenge was cancelled and the team my brother-in-law started, Chafed in Places, was disbanded.  Fortunately, we could move our registration to 2021, which I duly did and started to think about training.  Occasionally. Now, with four long-distance training walks under my belt, I am just a fortnight away from destroying my feet in a 102km trek across a beautiful part of the UK.   Starting at Minehead in Somerset on Saturday, 24 July, I will be walking pretty much non-stop to Dawlish in Devon, really only pausing for poo breaks and foo