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Hobbling, Hill Walking and Here is Spring

Week 1 of March for March is complete!  It’s been a good week too.  I went for a walk every day except for Friday, and made up for that with two walks on Saturday.  I’m mostly logging via Instagram, but you can join in on Facebook too if that’s more your thing.

Day 1 was a quick out and back with Matt.  We’d had a reasonably busy day around the house (finally caught up with the laundry!), so it was nice to get out into the fresh air for a short walk.  I also decided to take some long overdue front and side shots.  One thing that I regularly see around social media is that progress shouldn’t be judged by the scales along, and progress photos can be more helpful.

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Day 2 saw me go for my (possibly first ever) lunchtime walk.  It will certainly be my first ever lunchtime walk at my current workplace.  I’ve been there for over 5 and a half years, so that isn’t very good!  I used to walk on my lunchtimes at my previous workplace, but then it was an agriculture college and there were plenty of beautiful grounds to walk in.

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Day 3 was an evening walk.  It almost didn’t happen at all, as the pavement literally outside our front door was being taken up and replaced.  Thankfully, Matt and I made it out and back in without incident.  Our walk took us around the marina.  The last time I wandered that way in the evening was around Christmas.  The Christmas lights definitely made it nicer.

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Day 4 saw me running around my workplace.  I have to admit, it was really nice to get out of the office.  At the end of the day, we both had a short evening walk, complete with a new pavement outside our door.  I have definitely come to realise that I am incredibly inactive as a general rule, which is slightly terrifying given that it seems that sitting for too long is bad for you.

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By Day 5, my calf had become quite sore (near my Achilles tendon), and so I hobbled around work, but decided against a proper walk outside.  I still managed to get a good amount of steps in despite not getting outside (the benefits of working in a big factory I guess).

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Day 6 proved to be a bit of a hobbly mess.  I had problems with putting my foot flat on the floor without pain.  I have a feeling it was the shoes I had been walking in that caused the pain, as they’re not really walking trainers, and while they’re comfortable, they really should be confined to meanders around town.

I made up for Friday’s lack of walking with two walks on Saturday.  It was such a lovely day that we decided to head off to Lyme Regis with our cameras, and stopped off at Colyton on the way back.

We parked at the top of town.  If you’ve never been to Lyme Regis, when I say “at the top of town”, I do mean “top”, vertically so.  It’s a beautiful town just over the border into Dorset.  I haven’t been there for years and years, and I had definitely forgotten how steep the hills were.  The hills, of course, were fine on the way down!  No problem at all.  There were some great little photo opportunities on the way down too.

Lyme Regis | #MarchForMarch

When we reached the bottom, we walked around the Cobb.  Thankfully it wasn’t too windy – while I have no doubt that the Cobb in a storm would be spectacular, it would be incredibly treacherous (it was slippery enough yesterday!).

Views from the Cobb | #MarchForMarch

We walked back along the beach and up to the town, negotiating the hills (first gear hills!) before huffing and puffing back to the car.  The water we had in the car had never been so welcome!

Lyme Regis | #MarchForMarch

Once we’d caught our breath, we made our way back towards home.  Matt wanted to show me Colyton on the way.  While we’d gone to primary school together, I went to our local comprehensive for secondary, but Matt had sat the 11 Plus and made it in to Colyton Grammar.  I had to get my head around how far from our home town it was (I walked for 30 minutes to get to school, Matt’s bus took him an hour!).  However, in terms of scenery, his school definitely topped mine!  It’s a gorgeous little village.  The added bonus?  It seems that spring is finally here!

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By the time we had started to head back towards the car, my calf had tightened up significantly and I was back hobbling again.  Hot water bottle and painkillers it is for me!

Have you walked anywhere nice recently?


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Spring has sprung!

I don’t want to speak too soon, but it really does feel (and look) like spring has sprung!  We have been blessed with a couple of truly gorgeous weeks, and while it isn’t quite t-shirt weather, I am living in hope of a decent summer.

Today after lunch, Matt and I went for an amble down the beach.  It has been a beautiful day, and there were plenty of people on the beach who had a similar idea to us.

Exmouth Beach

To mark the occasion, we stopped for an ice cream and soaked up some much needed vitamin D while we ate.  It was great to get out of the house, blow away some cobwebs and appreciate where we live.  It’s very easy to forget to appreciate what is around you, and we are truly lucky to be a 5 minute walk from the beach and a 10 minute drive away from the countryside.

Sping has sprung in Exmouth

Over the last week or so, the blossom has really started to come out.  Long may it continue too!  When we got home, some more chores followed, and we’re both currently parked on the sofa watching the closing ceremony of the winter paralympics.

What else has been going on this week?  Well, there wasn’t a return to running, but there was some more mindful eating, and an attempt at one of the (many) recipes on my Pinterest boards.  A while back, my sister posted a recipe to my facebook page.  It looked interesting, but I hadn’t got round to trying it.  As some of my bananas became too ripe, I thought I’d give the recipe a go.

Oaty Banana Bites

They aren’t much to look at, admittedly, but they were tasty in a kind of cakey way (I was expecting more of a flapjack kind of texture).  I may not have followed the recipe to the letter, as I don’t have any apple sauce or raisins in the house at the moment.  Regardless, they were good and I will be making them again.

Recipe

  • 3 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup of apple sauce
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Basically, you mix all of the ingredients together, plop into a tray and spread out the mixture.  Pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 180c (350f or gas mark 4), and then leave on a wire rack to cool.

I feel like I have had a bit of a better work/life balance this week.  Despite having an incredibly heavy workload at the moment, I didn’t bring work home and I relaxed a bit easier in the evenings.  I am definitely counting that as progress!  I’ve even managed to get myself organised with some of my marshalling bits and bobs.  I have taken on social media responsibility for my marshalling club’s region, and as the motorsport season is now upon us, it was time for me to invest a bit more time and thought into it.  I’ve had a good response and reception so far, and I am hoping that the use of a couple of different tools will help me out with that.

All in all, it’s been a good week and I am looking forward to seeing what next week brings.