So yesterday was Sunday once more and Archie and I wanted to stretch our legs. With decisions no currently being made about next years Charity Walk I felt we best make the most of our freedom to choose a flatter terrain (or so I thought…) for yesterdays walk and because of that we made our way to a place called Shotover Park near Oxford for a walk in the woods.
As you know we normally walk along the Ridgeway on a Sunday and this will continue again because I have decided on the dates of the Charity Walk now being early June (around the 6th) which should be the day after I hit 500 posts on this blog. This will be the day I start the 87 mile Ridgeway walk, a walk I expect to take me in the region of five days. I shall then complete this and immediately travel 300 miles north to Hadrian’s Wall (another famous walk) that stretches from one side of the UK to the other covering the 84 miles from Bowness to Wallsend and again aim to do this in five days also. The first walk I am thinking will be a great deal easier to manage as I am local to it and will have support locally to bring food and water and take away rubbish and the like. However, I am sure things will be different at Hadrian’s Wall as I currently have no real support there so may need to be a touch more self sufficient!
Still, these are all in the planning stages at present so lets leave them there and concentrate on yesterdays walk in the woods….
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you’d better go in disguise…..
I must admit, the trepidation Archie showed as he entered the wood really made me wonder if the story was true… I mean, you know what they say about dogs and a sixth sense….. Anyway, we carried on regardless and soon found ourselves on a track heading towards the woods proper.
Walking past plants that looked they belonged in the Jurassic Park film.
Then finally at the end of a long straight alongside a beautiful common..
We made it into the woods…
And straight onto what looked like the set of the BMX Bandits with jumps and whoops and all sorts going on!
The name Shotover comes from the Old English scoet ofer, meaning “steep slope” and I can attest to that because we had to scramble our way up some of the slopes and no mistake.
This was the view back down
So it was no wonder the boy wonder needed a little rest
Once we had gotten to the top and back to the Jurassic vegetation….
And it wasn’t long before we were out of the woods and back on the common.
Just before we hit the shade again as we made our way back to the car along some very old roads around various woods knows as Brasenose and Magdalen Woods (just like the colleges at Oxford University so they are probably owned by those colleges!
FOOD DIARY:Saturday 26th September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|1||Small||Lean Rasher of Bacon||122||26||0||17.5|
|1||75gms||Toasted Rye Bread||143||3.7||36.2||1.1|
|2||83gms||BBQ Salmon Filets||416||40||8.4||24.6|
|1||Small Bowl||Mixed Salad||17||1||3||0|
|1||Half Small Bowl||Chili Con Carne||101||13.5||9||3.3|
|1||100gms||Home Style Oven Chips||196||3||34.8||5|
Given that the day was a weekend and I try to relax the food judge in me on a Saturday and Sunday, I honestly don’t think I did too badly. Yes the carbs were up a bit but they came from the Limonata, the Oven Chips and the toasted Rye Bread, but if you look at the fat content alongside this, it is still relatively low given that I ate salmon which although high in fats, these are actually healthy fats. The calories were also boosted by the Salmon with me not realising until today that the BBQ sauce impacts so heavily on the calorie count. I think I shall only have the BBQ ones every now and then from now on!
As for my exercise, well yesterday being Sunday found myself and Archie on our long Sunday Stroll. We walked in a country park as already described so the route was fairly straight forward (even though we did get lost a couple of times…) and well laid out which means the Map My Walk screenshot wasn’t the most exciting thing I have ever captured even though the distance walked of just over 5 miles was okay. Mind you, the fact it kind of looks like Suzuka Raceway in Japan is pretty cool I think…!
I did make it to the gym as I said I would although after the walk I had to adjust my workout to just 20 minutes of cardio sat on the bike followed by an altered strength training session which looked like this:
2 x 30 Reps 35kg Abductor machine
2 x 30 Reps 35kg Adductor machine
3 x 30 Reps 25kg Cable Row
2 x 40 Reps 20kg Chest Press
2 x 40 Reps 30kg Pec Deck
3 x 30 Reps 25kg Tricep Pull Down
1 x 30 Reps 8kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
1 x 15 Reps 8kg (each shoulder) Shoulder Shrugs
1 x 30 Standing Oblique 20kg Barbell Twists (15 each side)
1 x 30 Standing Russian Oblique Weighted Bar Twists (15 each side)
As you can see I cut it back considerably which is just as well because toward the end I started to feel a bit wobbly so it was definitely for the best! Hopefully come Tuesday I shall be back to normal as I won’t have walked quite so far. It is actually quite odd to be honest because usually after my B12 shot (I had my latest one on Wednesday) I have plenty of energy but this time round I am struggling to make the most of it, or at least feel any benefit from it!
Still the Polar H7 gave me a total of 1119 calories burnt so I suppose I should be happy with that.
Still, all of that movement helped me get the 18,000 odd steps for the day so when that equates to nine miles covered, well I think you can say that is a pretty good days movement.
Today is a rest day but I shall walk the dog this morning, at lunchtime and again in the evening so will no doubt be telling you about those jaunts the next time you tune in.
Stay out of the fridge.