Good morning everyone!
On this Monday I am pleased to be here announcing to the world that I am feeling great after a lovely walk with Archie the Dog and not having been anywhere near alcohol for over a week.
I shall be attempting my first Power-walk in over a week and so shall report on it for you tomorrow.
For now though, let me tell you about our walk yesterday…. 🙂
I met a friend at a small car park up on the famed Ridgeway and along with Archie the dog we headed off in search of adventure (when I say adventure, I kind of mean West Ilsley…) The best thing about parking in this small car park is the view that hits you as soon as you leave the confines of your car.
Of course you know who wasn’t interested in that though, he just piled on with his walk.
Straight to the Monument erected for Lord Wantage by his wife for being recognised as one of the benefactors of the original British Red Cross.
Anyway, after we stopped and I explained to my companion what it was for we soon headed on along the path that tops this Ridgeway.
Where we came across a sign that was designed for when my fiend was the local Country Watch Police Officer all the way back in 1981…
Before long we were at a well know spot by the name of Scutchamer Knob (already featured in here so not covered again….) and then onwards towards our destination/turn around point. It’s quite weird really because when you get past the eerie quiet of Scutchamer Knob and head on down the Ridgeway about a mile, you end up walking between two sides of history. On one side is the never touched for thousands of years, farmed land with hundreds of stories to tell.
Yet on the other side is the most modern building of the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron and surrounding buildings.
But it soon fades back into the distance and all you can see once again is the countryside as beautiful as it always is.
And all is quiet without much changing until we pass a small monument made to a 2nd Lieutenant who died whilst on manoeuvres in 1947.
There is so much history around this area, it is literally all around you. Quite amazing to be honest. I was even amazed when we came to a tunnel under a major road known as the A34 which is a very famous road here in the UK, even famed for having it’s own murders…… Even Archie doesn’t even want to go underneath it 😉
But amazingly when you are underneath you get to see the most wonderful murals!
Pretty soon however, we were nearing the end of our outward journey, had gone past West Ilsley and found it was time to turn back at the signpost.
Of course not before you know who had a sit down.
And I had my exact 6 month photo taken with a signpost.
So that was the outward journey after which we still had another six miles to go. Unfortunately come 3 miles into it, my walking companion and Archie had to call in the Cavalry and get them to meet us at the famous Scutchamer Knob so they could be driven away to safety, whilst I cracked on with the journey on my own, posting some excellent end mile times of mid 15 minutes in comparison to the early miles of 19 minutes.
A grand day out!
FOOD DIARY:Saturday 12th September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||75gms||Rye Bread Toasted||143||3.7||36.2||1.1|
|Lunch||1||Sub||6″ Pastrami Subway||394||28||44||12|
|Dinner||1||Small Bowl||Quinoa and Greek Feta Prawn Salad||198||25||13||7.2|
Food on this day was supposed to be really very good until I got the six inch Pastrami sub into my mind…. Arghh! So I am not completely happy with everything I consumed considering it coincided with my final rest day of my illness. I should have said no to it in the first place but when you actually look it up on a nutrition website it is amazing how it is not that bad for you. I mean, check out the numbers for the days total!
So I wore my Polar H7 monitor for the duration of the walk and am pleased to say that it shows I worked hard and was able to burn off over 1800 calories!
And we followed the route as laid out below by the Map My Walk screenshot which shows us covering a decent distance of just over 12 miles.
After my two companions had dropped at at 9.3 miles I put the hammer down a bit and was pleased to find that I managed to reduce the 18 to 19 minute miles down to 15.5 minute miles which was good for me in two ways. Firstly because it meant that I hadn’t lost all my fitness after a week away from the exercise and secondly because it meant I could still up the pace after such a big distance having been already covered, so I have to say, happy days in all fairness. Still I have to confess to being a trifle tired after this one…. 😉
Well that is hardly surprising when you consider my Jawbone Up2 read that I managed a total of over 28,000 steps!
Stay out of the fridge.