Friday, October 25, 2013
Last week when I blogged about my virtual walk from Lands End, Cornwall, to John O' Groats at the northern tip of Scotland, I had walked 18.28 miles.
I've had a great week, walking 23.71 miles in 6 days. My total since I started is 41.99 miles... when I added on today's walk I wished that I had walked just a few more steps to make an even 42, but in the grand scheme of things, 1/100 of a mile is neither here nor there.
Most of my walking has been on the treadmill, in the evening. I pick a program that I want to watch, do a brief warm-up, then change the speed every 0.1 mile, starting at 3.0 and going up to 3.5, then down again. Second mile I go from 3.1 to 3.6 and back, third mile 3.2 to 3.7 and back. I also increase the incline every half mile. I average an 18-minute mile over 3 miles, and with warm-up and cool-down walk for 65-75 miles.
Cornwall has some wonderful place names. I've been reading an old book by H.V. Morton called "In Search of England", and one of the places he talks about is St. Anthony in Roseland, supposedly named by Anne Boleyn who stopped there with Henry VIII on the way to St. Mawes castle where they spent their honeymoon. Other names I love are Mousehole, pronounced "Mouzell", and St. Austell, pronounced "Snozzell".
Cornwall's coves and bays provided hiding places for many pirates, and if you would like to read about them, look for "Moonfleet", which Peter studied in school.
I'm so glad that I'm doing this walk with Denise, and hope that it will help me lose some weight and tone up before Siobhan's wedding in May.
Thanks for reading,