My vow to blog everyday has failed within a week of starting so the phrase that summed up my 16 years of education comes back to bite me on the bum once more. “Must try harder.” The other phrase commonly used in my reports was “Kieran gets easily distracted and is often in a world of his own” I actually quite like that now. What was I dreaming about? Where was this world? Did I get to it? Am I still in it? Was I dreaming about walking 5000 miles around the coast of Britain as a charming and devastatingly handsome 46 year old man? (dreams are rarely accurate and children have wild imaginations)
I have been immensely busy over the last few days. In case you don’t know, I have given up work (some might say it gave up on me – and some might say I didn’t work anyway!) to put all my efforts into this madness and I really don’t know how I would have fitted a full time job alongside planning this now. The walks are getting longer, higher, more regular and heavier. Not only am I taking my medical notes for my old CHD heart, I am now putting the correspondence I received from my consultants and other bits and bobs in there too. Today, alongside the medical notes, I included about 30 anticoagulant therapy books from the 18 years that I was taking warfarin, approximately 60 letters from out-patient appointments at the Brompton, 4 editions of GUCH News (now called Sommerville Foundation news), 3 kidney specialist letters, 2 pairs of gloves and a partridge in a pear tree.
There is something really comforting and satisfying about having my medical notes weighing me down as I walk.
I put that in quotes as I am still learning wordpress and fancied quoting myself. I don’t remember saying it out loud so its more of a thought quote. I presume I am allowed to do this by the blogging police? Is it very pretentious or just plain fun? Yeah, its fun!
Yeah, its fun
Stop quoting youself and get on with it!!!
So the last few days, I have done a 14 mile, a 6 mile with 500ft elevation, 8 miles with 600ft gain and a 10 miles today with 700ft gain. Here are a few pictures. We are having wonderful sunsets at the moment here at TOTH HQ….Ha! I’ve just made myself laugh typing that…..I might start calling it that from now on. Anyway the pics..
The donations are coming in so thank you to all the early birds, I really appreciate it and it does motivate me to do as much in this prep stage as humanly possible. News of my walk is now spreading in the Twittersfield and Scotland have “officially” accepted me across the border with open arms…which is nice. I would have crept in anyway. I am thinking about having some sort of ceremony as I cross in and out of the borders between England Scotland and Wales (and Essex). Suggestion welcome…
I have also been trying to find venues for fundraising events for the first few days of the walk. Having been born and brought up along the Thames Estuary (not literally) it feels like this is my “patch” and want to do well. I am hoping that friends, family and locals will join me either at or near Barking (apt name for my first night eh?) or near my hometown of Stanford-Le -Hope for day 2 or Leigh-On-Sea for day 3. Any Essex friends who can provide a venue for an event please email me. I am not talking about a barn in a field with acid music blaring like the old days. Maybe just a pub, function room or clubhouse? Though a barn in a field with 100 ft speakers does suddenly sound very exciting… Replace BHF with KLF?…..mmmm maybe not!
Tomorrow brings me hunting for new walking boots, a meeting with in London with gloriously charming people of the BHF (whose tea making skills could be improved if I am at liberty to say – joke….honest) and some other meetings where I hope to secure some more sponsorship and maybe even a campervan. eeek!
I will leave you with this gem.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
― Mitch Albom,
Tuesdays with Morrie is a beautiful book.