I am not renowned for my multi-tasking. My absolute limit is a maximum of three activities at the same time, and two of those include breathing and maintaining my heartbeat. Nor am I a particularly well organised individual. For example the only reason I have a beard is that I am unable to manage any kind of regular shaving program.
So co-ordinating this Hadrian’s Walk thing has been a real challenge for me, and has very much taken me out of my comfort zone. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact it’s probably been rather good for me.
I learned a lot when organising the Dales and the Cumbria walks in 2008 & 2009. but this year the scale of the walk is around six times as large, and I’ve ramped up my efforts in publicity, fundraising, and promotion to match.
And so far the results of this have been pretty damn good. In fact they have been bloody great, with the prospect of even more fantastic things to come. But all that is for another post when things are more concrete.
This post is about my ineptitude in multi-tasking.
Because whilst I’ve been going great guns on the administrative side of the walk, I’ve totally neglected the physical.
In just over three months I’m going to have to walk 85 miles over the course of 6 days. And I’m not prepared for it. Not prepared for it at all.
Granted I did the 76 mile Dales Way when I was 56lb heavier than I am now. And the Cumbria Way last year was a good deal more hilly and challenging than the Hadrians Wall footpath will be. But it’s been a winter of sofas and chocolate for me and my legs aren’t currently up to the task of hauling my carcass across the width of the country just yet.
So I’ve re-started my training regime. Yesterday I walked 6 miles, and today I walked 4. And I’ve learned a couple of valuable lessons. Firstly that I need a less leaky raincoat, and secondly that I had forgotten how much I enjoy a decent daily constitutional.
Oh, and that wet trousers equal unpleasant chaffing.
If you would like to make me spending my evenings waddling like a penguin then you can sponsor the Hadrian’s Walk on our justgiving site:
Every penny of every donation will go straight to support bereaved parents who have lost a child. Everyone involved in the Joseph Salmon Trust works on a voluntary basis, and all admin costs are paid for by corporate sponsorship (this year it’s TK Max)
You know I’m not going to stop pestering you about this, so you may as well do it now.
Go on. Do it now.