On Sunday my alarm went off at 5am and I woke, bleary eyed, ready to take part in a Jane Tomlinson Walk for All event. After getting ready and having a bit of breakfast my friend and I made the 2 hour journey to the Yorkshire Dales.
We were signed up to "The Blockbuster", a 14 mile walk which took us through Malhamdale and past the curved limestone cliffs which was a location for one of the Harry Potter films (hence being called "The Blockbuster"!)
We both knew it would be tough and nothing like our usual walking routine round the pavements where we live, but nothing prepared us for how tough it really was.
The first hour was extremely windy with heavy rain which was being blasted at us from all angles. My waterproof jacket failed me so I was soaked to the skin, and our shoes/socks were completely soaked through.
Eventually the rain subsided but the damage was done, we were pretty much drenched from head to toe and all we could do was plod on and try to think happy thoughts! The sun made an appearance later on in the morning which helped us to dry off a little and made things much more bearable/warmer!
Half way round the course we had to make our way up 418 stone steps which was as tough as it sounds. My heart was beating out of my chest as I tried to pick up some momentum to get to the top as quickly as possible. Some of the steps were the same height as the tops of my legs so it was a real effort to climb up each one.
I'd say around the 11 mile mark my hips started to ache, and every time I put one leg in front of the other it hurt. Not an unbearable pain by any means but I knew I'd be sore for the next few days, and sore I definitely am!
It was a great experience. It's not often I do scary things so I feel really proud of myself for completing the challenge and also, most importantly, raising £115 for charity (Parkinson's UK to be precise).
I hope this is the first of many times I push myself into doing things that scare me and going past my comfort zone to achieve something really great.