Day 1 Training for the WHW

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve decided to do the West Highland Way, and I’m going to do it for charity…. namely mental health.

Mental Health is something that I have struggled with in the past after I had my kids and still issues to this day with anxiety, but I always try hard to stay on top of it. However, not everyone can be proactive or do that because mental health can be extremely crippling at times.

As most readers of my blog know, I have applied to University to do Mental Health Nursing and I’m waiting to hear the decision on whether or not I’ll get in. I feel that there needs to be more people who have had lived experience, going into the field for many reasons. But I digress!

So, I was supposed to start training on Monday but I had volunteering and didn’t leave myself enough time to do the walk and instead, decided to do it today. I will be honest in saying that I was tired, I had zero motivation, and I’d been feeling quite down… but I did it. My watch failed me just at the end but I know I did a bit over the 5 miles that I had planned on doing.

I’ve chosen to do a bit around where I live as I think that some of the terrain will be similar in parts to the WHW. I had many thoughts when walking and at parts, running…. that actually 15 miles a day is achievable. I think I have given myself enough time but I really need to try and get a good pair of boots.

I think I’ve also decided to do things via B&B’s because I don’t know that I can carry all of the gear as I really don’t want to spend my money paying a company to do it for me. However, I’m going to start taking a backpack out with me and increase the weight just to see what I can cope with.

Tomorrow, day two, I’ll be training with my amazing personal trainer, Mark. He will help me with building up muscle and stamina etc. He will also help me with nutrition and making sure everything is balanced properly. I’m usually pretty good with creating dinners that are nutritional meals and I’m going to try hard to eliminate white rice and pasta, use quinoa and brown rice. But I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t! I’ll be burning a lot of calories and I need to make sure the balance is right. Here’s what I’ve made for us all tonight, a vegetable curry and homemade leek and potato soup:)

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