I've not blogged in a couple of weeks now and that doesn't necessarily mean that I've not done any training... Just that I've not really done that much training! I've managed to get out for 2 substantial walks, but missed out on a few shorter walks due to either poor planning, bad weather and / or laziness!
I thought about filling this post with the routes I took and my pace per mile, but think it's more interesting to go through the reason why I didn't train... Simple answer is 'life'!
Spending time with my family is obviously very important and this can account for most of the time spent not training. My wife and I have been organising our youngest daughter, Lucy's birthday presents & party etc. (Lucy was 1 last Friday by the way... happy birthday Lucy!!!) and I've been trying to juggle work for the Everton Supporters Club and my other hobby as a mediocre table tennis player!
The main point I'm trying to get across is that I'm not a race walker and despite starting out thinking that I could do really well in the race, I know that I have too many other things going on to concentrate on just training for the Parish Walk... and that's ok! If you have found that your training plan isn't going how you thought it would, then don't worry. Life will always get in the way of any planning and there's not a lot you can do about that. Just re-evaluate the time you can spend on training and review your goals. There is no short cut to finishing the Parish Walk and you get out of it what you put in, but don't be disheartened at this stage, there is plenty of time to make up any missed sessions.
Below is the picture I took from Blackberry Lane over looking a misty Douglas whilst out on Saturday as I jump started my training once more!
Keep on training guys, it'll all help on the big day!