Motivational Monday: Spring in your step! 🌻

Hi fitness family. Hope you’ve had a great weekend and are nicely refreshed for a new week of smashing goals? I went out on the trail this morning and walked 6 miles (2 laps), and i have no dramas to talk about! 💪🏼 But that doesn’t stop me from boring you to death with more photos of trees, lol! 🤣

I say there were no dramas, but only just…I was walking down the trail (quite a narrow part), and i heard a galloping over the audiobook i have playing in one ear. I thought “Woah i wonder which side that horse is going to go as it thunders towards me?” I quickly stepped off the path into what i hoped wasn’t a ditch, slope or hole…It was far enough out of the way as the horse (and cart) flew past me and didn’t flatten me, i think i’d struggle to write this post in hospital…And you’d have nothing to read lol! 🤣

The trail trees were much more beautiful too now that Spring has ensconced them in leaves. They provide a lovely shelter which gives more contrast which makes it easier (and less painful) for me to walk around. So instead of posting lots of boney, iced and winter trail images for you to enjoy, i can post lots of green, flowery spring and summer ones instead for you to get quickly fed up with, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.”

Ralph Marston

Yay…I’m Back! 💪🏼 😀

Hi fitness family! Can you believe it’s been a whole calendar month since the ‘Trail Marathon‘, and i’ve only just stopped feasting and celebrating the monumental milestone!! 😲 It’s been a real mountain top experience for me, and smashing my goals was fantastic…But i’ve also crash landed at the bottom without any new goals to attack! 😨

Until…🤔

I finally went out walking on the trail again this morning and managed 2 laps (5.70 miles), and it felt like i’d never stopped! Even though all of the feasting and celebrating meant i’d put on quite a few pounds, which also means i’ve now got a new goal…Get my excess fat off, lol! 💪🏼 🤣 I was getting a little lost trying to come up with more and more goals, and doing another fundraiser so soon after the last one was out of the question, even though they are the best motivators, lol)…So it’s time to get back in and attack my goals to get my nice new suit (Sarah bought it me for losing 5 stone) fitting again! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

7. ¨Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.¨

Vince Lombardi

My Omnifarious Birthday Blessings! ❤️😲 🧡

1. The Birthay Behemoth Burger…

The 7 x ¼ pounder, bacon & cheese burger! 😲

Hi friends. For my birthday my lovely wife Sarah created this behemoth burger…Yes it really is that big as she used 7 ¼ pounder beef burgers!! I know she’s always looking to overachieve but this is truly a work of art and the best burger i’ve ever seen, lol! 🤣 It was also huge on taste too!! 😋

2. Wow…You’ll never guess what Sarah has bought me for my birthday??? And also this t-shirt to wear for it too, it happens in May!! 😲🤔❤️

My birthday ‘Petrolhead’ turbo t-shirt! 💪🏼

“Are you ready for the drive of your life for an astonishing 6 miles each per Supercar? If you love supercars and are visually impaired, our ‘3 Supercar Blind Driving Experience Super Thrill’ is an experience you won’t find anywhere else. It is the best way to get to you in your favourite supercars and experience the peed, and thrill, of a high-performance beast.

Yes, it is true. Whatever your level of visual impairment, you can drive a Supercar with Ablenet. All of the cars are automatic and a super skilled instructor will guide you around the track whilst having access to a footbrake should it be necessary.

So, whether it’s a Lamborghini, Ferrari F430 spider, Aston Martin DB9, Audi R8, Nissan GTR or Porsche 911/997, we put you with the largest fleet of cars in the UK for you to choose from. The hardest part is choosing…

The great benefit to driving on a race circuit is feeling the pure power of an awesome car. You will be with a professional instructor who will teach you the art of driving.

The experience also includes a thrilling hot lap ride when the race driver will show you what a performance car can do around the circuit. Typically in a BMW M3 V8 saloon car or Vauxhall VXV8, both with 3 passengers.”

3. I’ve Smashed My Fundraising Target!! 💪🏼 😲

I am filled with ineffable joy as i type this, as 7 months ago i’d only dreamed of reaching this target…But with hundreds of miles walked in training and the stupendous generosity of you guys, i’m now only 4 days away from attacking my nemesis! 💪🏼 😀 🧡

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 4 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Turbo Tuesday: Another Half Marathon Complete! 💪🏼 😀

Logo from Sarah’s birthday t-shirt yesterday! 🤣

Blindman Trail Marathon Taper…13.1 Miles…Only 12 Days To Go!!!

Hi friends. Yay i managed another 5 laps today (half marathon) which is the longest walk i need to do before my full marathon in just 12 days!

No dramas to report today although the sun was very bright but still didn’t keep me from my goal. 😀

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 12 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

FitBlitzing Friday: Fast & Furious!

Blindman Trail Marathon Taper…3.29 Miles…Only 16 Days To Go!!!

Hi friends. This morning was a case of setting my legs to a 4mph pace, then attempting to stay upright as my upper body tries to catch up, lol! 🤣 It’s really hard for me to keep this kind of pace, as at any moment i keep thinking i’m going to hit a tree and knock myself out…Thankfully i made it today! 💪🏼 😀

I hope you’re not getting too fed up of looking at photos of trees?! I keep forgetting i’m actually walking through a lovely nature reserve, as i’m so stressed and laser focussed on my surroundings and my body that i miss it all. So i try and take a photo or two so i can zoom right into it on my computer at home…I still can’t see much of it but it’s better than completely missing out! 😀

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 16 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Wet n’ Windy Wednesday: The Tuna Manwich! 😋

Blindman Trail Marathon Taper…3.73Miles…Only 18 Days To Go!!!

Hi friends! The rain arrived with it’s friend the wind this morning and they seemed to surround me with malevolent intent. Sarah had to walk to the local post box first thing so we got soaked together…Then as she started work in her office (nice and warm) i had to go back outside to start my lap! 😭

There were an innumerable amount of bigger puddles on the trail today which appeared to be ganging up on me, lol. It was quite cold but not too cold, so i was wearing a puffer coat with my shorts on, a weird mix but it worked…Oh and it seems my earpiece is waterproof too! I only wear 1 as i need to hear what’s around me at all times…Well i seem to need to hear the ferocious dogs as they tear me to pieces! 😨

When i finally arrived home and dried off my lovely wife Sarah had made me a ‘Super Tuna Manwich’. Sorry i devoured it before i had time to take a photo for you…But in case you’re wondering what it is…? It had 2 tins of tuna mixed with diced onions and salad cream (the low fat one), chunky cucumber slices, beetroot and ensconced within 2 slices of 7 seed wholemeal bread…It was a proper tower of tuna! 🤣 💪🏼 😋

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 18 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Tread Ware Tuesday: Keep Walking Towards The Prize! 🧡

Blindman Trail Marathon Taper…3.30Miles…Only 19 Days To Go!!!

Hi friends. Yay the rain has stopped and it’s temperature has actually sneaked into double figures and is quite warm. I’m liking this 3 week taper before the trail marathon as i can trundle along, listening to my audiobook as i try and save the tread on my super bright orange trail shoes

It was very quiet again out on the trail…I’m starting to wonder were all of the people have gone? I’m not complaining at all as it’s way less stressful, but i bet they’re waiting for the day of my trail marathon, then they will flood the trail to make it impossible for me to complete it, lol! 🤣

My Award Challenge This Month …🏆

Wow i only needed to get 26 days of the move ring last year, but now it’s all 3 rings i have to close this year!! I’ve blitzed out of the blocks hoping for a good start as i can’t drop many days to earn this one! 💪🏼 😀

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 19 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Motivational Monday: Taper, Donation & Reigning Through The Rain!

Older photo but same outfit! 😀

Blindman Trail Marathon Taper…3.39Miles…Just 20 Days To Go!!!

Hi friends. You’re never going to believe this?!! It was Saturday morning and my iPhone blasted out the muppets theme tune to notify me i’d received another donation!! After i’d stopped dancing, jumping up and down and stopped grinning until it hurt, i checked who it was from…Wow it was a SECOND (yes second) donation from our friends Suzanne and Martin who we were going to meet up for a meal this weekend but it was cancelled. I then checked the lovely message they’d left…”A little top up Steve to a nice round figure! Congratulations on your training. As we couldn’t meet up this weekend here’s the cost of pizza instead!! Not long now till the big event Steve. xx”…Well if that’s not motivation i don’t know what is! 💪🏼 😀

There is also only 20 days left until the trail marathon. 😨 It’s also good news that i’ve now started my 3 week taper so i don’t need to do another record breaking walk for more than 20 miles, yay! It was also good this morning on my lap as it was empty, i think i only passed 1 person with a dog there are normally loads. IThere was no glaring sun burning my eyes so i could just saunter around listening to my audiobook. The only down side was the rain…I had my full waterproofs (hood and everything) so i was happy not to race around the trail…So even the rain was a good thing, lol! 🤣

New Awards…🏆

Yay i also won a couple of awards which always give a little motivation…I need all of the motivation i can get at the moment, especially as my calf muscles are still sore to the touch, lol! 🤣

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 20 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Yay…Personal Best Walking Record…21.56 miles! 😲

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 11/12 – Day 4…21.56 Miles…😲

Hi friends. Yay, yay, yay and another yay…I can’t tell you how happy i am right now, after completing my longest walk ever – 21.56 miles in 6 hours 3 minutes!!! 😀

As you can imagine my legs are tight, stiff and slightly painful as i’m typing this…But wow was it worth it! 💪🏼

After this long walk this will be a short post, as i just wanted to let you all know ‘I DID IT’ without any dramas too! I stomped around the trail at 3.6 mph eating 16 Oaties (Lidl’s version of Hob Nobs) and when i returned with a huge grin on my exhausted face…I was greeted with lots of bings from my apple watch as i was awarded lots of new records, yay!! 💪🏼 I’m off to rest now! 😀

New Records…

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 24 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Threatening Tuesday: The Rain Is Coming!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 11/12 – Day 2…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Yay the sun has finally gone, and it’s a great day for a walk (for me anyway, lol) as it’s overcast and grey so no burning my eyes out of the sockets! 💪🏼 However it’s going to chuck it down over the next few days, which is when i plan to attempt my longest walk ever…smashing 20 miles!

I may…Or may not hit my record later this week, but i’m going to give it my all even though i’ll be soaked, lol! 🤣 Then i start the 3 week taper (finally) until crunch time!!! 😰

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 26 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Terminator Thursday: 16.4 Miles!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 10/12 – Day 4…16.4 Miles…💪🏼

Hi friends. Well that was a complete surprise…I knew i had a massive 6 laps today and i was filled with trepidation…But once i got my swift walk (for me anyway) of 3.9mph (awww just under the magic 4mph) and i felt good, i kept this pace for the whole 4 hours 15 minutes! I was like a machine, lol! 🤣

Walking Stats…

I am happy to report there were no feral dogs out today, only well behaved ones so no dramas sorry! 😭 After a brief 10 minute collapse when i arrived home, i felt better than ever and was pleased to be greeted with a fresh coffee and a Manwich by my lovely wife Sarah! ❤️

Awards & Badges…

Happy to have achieved another award this week especially after the long walk today! I have 1 more super long walk next week…I’m hoping for a personal best and smash the 20 mile mark!! Then it’s a 3 week taper (finally) until crunch time!!! 😰

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 31 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

Wah Wah Wednesday: Miles & Melody! 😀

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 10/12 – Day 3…8 Miles…💪🏼

Hi friends. I’m slowly getting used to this warm weather, extra water intake and wearing shorts with the bright orange MS Society t-shirt. Although i’ll never get used to my eyes burning out of my sockets (even with Sarah’s fantastic Oakley’s) and by the time i’d finished 8 miles today i was roasted and toasted! 😨

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

The sun has improved lunchtimes though…Me and Sarah now sit out in our back garden where i can have my ‘Manwich’ sat bathing in the sun! ☀️

Then i remembered i had a guitar lesson on Zoom…Wow my brain was fried by concentrating on walking for a couple of hours in the blinding sun, and i could hardly play, lol…But i did manage a screenshot…Now that’s progress!! 🤣

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 32 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Turn Up The Heat Tuesday!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 10/12 – Day 2…9 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Well it’s 19˚C today and i was happy to wear just a t-shirt and shorts. It’s going to stay warm all week and i still have a 17 mile walk to do, that’ll be some more water intake than usual…Like today as i needed water much quicker! 😰

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

My lovely wife Sarah lent me her Oakley Flak 2.0 polarised sunglasses to try as the sun is getting too bright. I’m trying them all this week with my baseball cap, and so far i think they are making a tiny fraction of a difference…But if you know what it’s like to be blind, that’s a huge improvement! 💪🏼 😀 I’m using this whole week to test them out!

No Retreat, No Surrender…

With only 33 days until the trail marathon…One of us will be going down…Me or the marathon!! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Motivational Monday: Another 2 Donations, Sizzling Steak & March Challenge! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 10/12 – Day 1…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. I certainly had some more motivation this morning doing the 2 laps for Monday’s training. The 12Oz Sarah Sizzling sirloin steak (every Sunday lunch) yesterday, closing all 7 day’s activity rings, another 2 donations and knowing i have to do 46 exercise minutes a day for the rest of the month to achieve the ‘March Challenge’ badge really got me ready for another week’s training! 💪🏼

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

The Donations…❤️

My lovely wife Sarah: “I emptied my spare change jar. Amazed at the amount I’d collected I decided to donate it to Steve’s challenge. MS Society does some fantastic work and are so close to stopping MS. I see how hard Steve is working to train for this colossal challenge in memory of his lovely mum and I am so pleased to find a way to be able to motivate him and keep him going…Go Steve!” 💪🏼 😀

Yay…Thanks to Sarah’s auntie Linda & Charlie’s amazing donation yesterday, we’ve hit £702…Wow that’s 70%! Thank you so, so much for all of your generosity and support. I’m going for it now and trying to reach the big £1,000 target – if you can help share the page that would be very much appreciated 😀 💪🏼 ❤️

Perfect Week (all activiny)…

I can’t believe there is only 34 days until the trail marathon. Where did all of the time go?? I know the remaining time is going to fly too and one of us will be going down…Me or the marathon, lol! 🤣 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Feral Friday: Who Let The Dogs Out?! 😨

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 9/12 – Day 5…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi Friends. Well at least i now know why lots of blind people stay (trapped) indoors…Not 1 but 2 attempts of stopping my charity challenge through dog attacks!

The first one came at around the 1.5 mile mark, the yapping and growling made me jump. At least it was a yapper which meant it was a small dog so i stood a chance of surviving. I felt the thud from my right side as the dogs paws clamped the front and the back of my knee, trying to hold me in a death grip so it could sink it’s teeth in…But the momentum of me continuing to walk threw it off before the hungry, gaping, growling muzzle could do it’s damage. I’ve learned to keep walking as if i stop the dog can get a proper hold before the owner (i hope) can call off their feral dog. “Wow” i thought as i checked my knee for any scratches…There were none, yay! “What a walk this is turning out to be, lol”. 😀

Ten minutes later after i’d walked up the steepest slope the second attack happened…This time the growling didn’t start until the beast (it was another yapper) clamped it’s jaws around the top of my running shoes and tried to rag my laces off like i was a huge toy! The growling had started now and the sudden clamp onto my foot made me jump again…But like before i kept on walking and thankfully the dog didn’t have lockjaw and soon let go, but not until it had a last ditch attack up my hamstrings but it failed again, yay!

I’m so glad i get the chance to write all of the daily adventures down that i have on the trail…As you’d think i’m just making this up, lol! 🤣 I was glad i stayed out for 6 miles (2 laps) even though all of this happened on lap 1 and i did just want to go home and feel sorry for myself…But “No laps…No flapjack” 😋

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Feculent Thursday: Half Marathon…Full Sludge Bog!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 9/12 – Day 4…13.29 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Now i can safely say…That was the worst walk i’ve ever done, and if the event day is anything like this one i’m not sure i can do it! 😭 The sun was so bright this morning i couldn’t even stay on the trail. I spent so much time ankle deep in disgustingly muddy puddles and bogs my feet felt like wet bricks. So even though i’d managed a half marathon…My celebration is short lived as i think i’m off to bed to recover! 😨

I’ll try and described my sight for you whilst on the walk this morning with the amazingly bright sun (not joking this time)…It was like smearing vaseline in both eyes whilst shining a 12,000 lumin torch directly into my face. The trail was also a complete white out, yet not quite white as a mushy pea green…But remember i’m also colour blind so not exactly sure what colour that is?! Oh and my eyes are constantly running too which drips down my cheeks onto my knees…Blurry doesn’t even come close to describing it…Oh and sunglasses don’t work and make it worse, and i wear a peaked baseball cap too!

I lost count on the times i suddenly dropped into a proper deep sludge bog, with both feet that almost popped out my hip bones. I simply couldn’t stay on the trail and lost my way so many times i couldn’t believe it, as i thought i’d got the trail nailed in my head, but i was getting so distracted and getting more and more fed up with every cold wet foot plop.

Having said all of that…I’m happy to have battled my way around the worst walk ever and completed 5 laps which is just over a half marathon…Well it’s easier now i’m back home and sat safely typing this eating my ‘Manwich’ and drinking a stupendous coffee made by my lovely wife Sarah! ❤️🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Wayfaring Wednesday: New Found Power! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 9/12 – Day 3…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi friends. Yay it’s a super grey day with no sunshine!! I know it sounds a little depressive for everyone else…But it’s the best conditions for me and my super duper sight loss. I managed to fly around the trail with new found power without the sun melting my eyeballs! I normally moan about obstacles i encounter on my way round the trail e.g dog walkers, dogs, runners, cyclists, fallen trees…And on and on, lol! But i have forgotten to mention the extra mountains i have to battle through…??? 🤔

Yes…The horse poop!! As the trail is a local nature reserve it has a horse training centre nearby, which often has horse riders coming along the trails and making little castles, lol! 🤣 On rare occasions (like today) i can narrowly miss one of these smelly obstacles…But often i don’t! 💩

Motivational Quote…

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

It started raining for about half of my walk which was a nice cool down and kept the sun behind the clouds. I didn’t have any dramas again today which i’m very happy about, although it makes my post an extremely boring one, lol. 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Tardigrade Tuesday: Another Slow Paced 6 Miles ☀️

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 9/12 – Day 2…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. I smashed another 6 miles again today at a slower pace as the sun was burning my eyes…Which meant i could hold back and listen to my audiobook, so not all bad, lol! 🤣

I have 5 laps (half marathon) to do on one of the remaining 3 days of training this week, not sure which one as trying to ignore it, lol! 🤣

Motivational Quote…

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

I can’t believe there is only 40 days until the trail marathon. Can someone stop the timer counting down!! 😨

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Motivational Monday: Another Donation, Sizzling Steak & March Challenge! 😀

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 9/12 – Day 1…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. I certainly had some motivation this morning doing the 2 laps for Monday’s training. The 12Oz Sarah Sizzling sirloin steak yesterday, closing all 7 day’s activity rings, another donation and knowing i have to do 88 exercise minutes a day for the rest of the month to achieve the ‘March Challenge’ badge really got me ready for another week’s training! 💪🏼

Thankfully i had to try and walk really slow for today’s training, so when the blazing sun was out again (i thought England was meant to be cloudy and rainy all the time, lol) walking slow was all i could manage. Unlike ‘Flesh Ripping Friday’ today went well with (can you believe it?) no dramas!! 😀

“You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.”

The Donation…

I’d like to give a monumental amount of thanks to Christine for her kind, generous and always encouraging donation this weekend. You may remember Christine from the “Crazy Clappers” team at my ‘Tough Mudder Challenge‘. “When i’d finished an obstacle and was about to collapse……I’d hear the Cheering Team and you’d put a big grin on my face to remind me it was alright and to keep going! 🙌

Perfect Week (all activiny)…

I can’t believe there is only 41 days until the trail marathon. Where did all of the time go?? I know the remaining time is going to fly too and one of us will be going down…Me or the marathon, lol! 🤣 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

Written on the back of my INOV8 t-shirt

Flesh Ripping Friday: Ouch! 🤕

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 8/12 – Day 5…6 Miles (9.66Km)…💪🏼

Hi all. Well at least it wasn’t the weather that crippled me today…It was the other obstacles on the trail! As i’m typing this the shin of my left leg is still stinging, after i got forced off the trail by a wall (about 4 ladies) simply wouldn’t move, so i veered off the trail right into a thorn bush! I knew it was a thorn bush of some kind when i continued to walk as the flesh was ripped off my shin as though a zombie had hold of it. The pain continued for the rest of my walk (about 4 miles)…And when i got home my lovely wife Sarah instantly put some Germolene (‘Germo-scream’ as i call it) so it’s still hurting now. 😨

It could’ve been worse though…As just before my shin ripper a dog (it sounded like a huge werewolf) growled and lunged at me as i quickly (like a ninja, lol) whipped my hands up from my sides as the dog flew past where my right hand had just been! The owner quickly shouted at the dog so my quick reaction had saved me from a possible severed hand, phew! 😥

This is turning into quite a challenge…I had no idea when beginning this challenge that i’d have to cope with things like these, i thought i’d only have to deal with the thousands of other difficulties my sight loss brings…And the fact i could never walk as far as 26.2 miles (a full trail marathon)…But i’m nothing but determined, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Today’s Word: blandiloquence

complimentary speech; flattery

Sarah told me to add a definition as she says i’m probably making half of the words up, lol! 🤣

Further Thursday: Pressing On Towards The Goal! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 8/12 – Day 4…11 Miles (17.7Km)…💪🏼

Hi all. Yay 4 laps walked today with only 6 Hob Nobs eaten, it was also shorts on again as it was 10˚C which is boiling for England, lol. After a crazy week so far i was really pleased to make 11 miles without dying. I was also happy with my pace as i did it sub 3 hours as i was 2 minutes under! 💪🏼

Then as i arrived home for lunchtime Sarah asked if i’d like to go to the bakers and get some flapjacks as i had run out? Does the question really need an answer?!! 🤣 I quickly changed my dirty trail shoes and hoped i had enough beans to make it to town and back…I did! 😀

The image (at the top) is from my sister’s facebook page, and when Sarah described it to me and said the man at the top of the mountain is doing your arm waving thingy that you do all the time, i just had to share it with you!! It also seems to be what is/has happened to me during this trail marathon challenge so far during training…I just hope i can do the arm waving if i make it to the end in 45 days time (wow that’s not long)!! 😨

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Today’s Word:Scoteography

The practice of writing in the dark or without seeing.

Wow i’ve got to use this word soon!
Sarah told me to add a definition as she says i’m probably making half of the words up, lol! 🤣

Wayfaring Wednesday: A Winning, Warmer & Energised Walk! 😀

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 8/12 – Day 3…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Well it was nearly double figures in ˚C this morning…So it was shorts on, toast eaten and hob nobs if i needed them (when don’t i need them, lol!) It was also cloudy which was fantastic for me, and after yesterday’s walk i just wanted to know how i would do on the trail today?! 🤔

The walk went really well and i was back on form, i really don’t know what happened as i’ve done and eaten everything the same as usual…But i’m so glad it’s not just me getting too old to do crazy challenges like this, lol! 🤣

My lovely wife Sarah greeted me with a monumental fresh coffee when i arrived home in a better state than yesterday.Now let’s hope i’m ready for a longer walk tomorrow!! 💪🏼 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Today’s Word: dacryops…

Wateryness of the eyes.

Wow…I could’ve used this one in my post yesterday!! Sarah told me to add a definition as she says i’m probably making half of the words up, lol! 🤣

Typhlophile Tuesday: Caring For The Blind ❤️

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 8/12 – Day 2…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Well that was easily the worst walk of my training so far! After yesterday’s blitzing laps, today couldn’t have been more opposite. I knew it was going to be bad when the laser beam sun was trying to kill me and i hadn’t left the house yet! 😨 I would love to be able to describe my eye sight to you when i’m on the trail and it’s a white out with the sun, my eyes are constantly streaming and it’s ice cold too…But i’ve never seen anything like it (never mind experience it) even when i was fully sighted so i can’t!! 😭

Even though i only had 2 laps to do this morning it was the hardest, slowest and most exhausting walk so far. I was staggering along the trail like a 1980’s Zombie as i could hardly even lift my feet never mind see where i was going…I was zigzagging my way around and just wanted to quit. I was pleased when i had to stop to take the photo of the stew pond, and was thankful that i didn’t fall in!

When i eventually arrived back home to a colossal coffee, hob nob and hug from my lovely wife Sarah, i collapsed for a while until my apple watch notified me that i’d achieved another award…🤔

The “International Women’s Day” Challenge Award…

I’d like to honour my lovely wife Sarah with this award!

My heart overflows with love for my stupendous wife Sarah. She has encouraged, inspired and loves me in spite of all my faults, she is the beautiful sunshine that warms me along my journey. I really don’t have the words to fully express how blessed i am to have my best friend as my wife to cherish and share every moment of this amazing life!

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Typhlophile Defenition…

One who is kind to the blind.

Sarah told me to add a definition as she says i’m probably making half of the words up, lol! 🤣

Motivational Monday: Time To Start Getting Serious! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 8/12 – Day 1…6 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. Now that my ‘down week’ is well and truly over, it’s time to start getting serious as i’m ⅔ into my training before the taper! 😨This is much easier to type than to actually do, lol…I’m going to need mechanomorphic legs to pull this one off! 🤣

During my ‘down week’ i only did 1 lap (3miles) a day without doing a super long distance as i really wanted to rest…But now i have to do 2 laps (6 miles) a day as the minimum distance until my trail marathon! Oh and at some point this month i have to attempt my personal record by hitting the 20 miles mark…Now that’s going to hurt! I’m going to need all of the motivation i can get to get through the next 48 days!! 😨

I did manage the 2 laps today at an average pace of just under 4mph, i even stopped to take the photo above of the smaller stew pond…I blitzed the 2 laps as i just wanted to get back home as my body was still on rest mode and i was fighting it all of the way round the trail! But i still managed it without injury or drama, yay! 🙌 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

‘The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.’

— Bruce Lee, actor and martial artist.

FORTRAVAILED Friday: ‘No Lap…No Flapjack!’ 😨

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 7/12 – Day 5…3.27 Miles…💪🏼

Hi all. I’m not entirely sure how i managed to feel exhausted before i even left the house…But it seems to be harder to get going when i only have to do 1 lap, than when i do lots of miles over multiple laps! 😕 My lovely wife Sarah (my personal drill sargent) helps lots when she says “No lap…No flapjack”, not only does she use my own quote against me, lol…But it really gets me motivated and quickly out on the trail! 🤣

The sun appeared to be ensconced in cotton wool which made the trail as dull and miserable as an empty flapjack container! 😨 The bonus was there were hardly any people out so it was nice and quiet and a lot less taxing on my brain, lol! 🤣

FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION… 🤣

I seriously wanted to use this word as my post title, but i couldn’t think of anything from my walking today that relates to ‘estimating something as worthless’…?! 🤔

Oh, as you may have guessed i love learning new and unusual words, which is why i like to splatter them in my posts at random points, lol! Hope you like them too?! Please let me know some of your own fave words in the comments. 💪🏼 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

‘The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.’

— Bruce Lee, actor and martial artist.

Tantivy Thursday: Full Speed Ahead! 🤣

Photo taken on a slightly warmer day, lol!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 7/12 – Day 4…3 Miles…🍞

Hi all. As it is day 4 of my ‘down week’ i decided to do things a little differently today. Instead of heading out to the wet and dirty trail…I decided to speed walk to the bakers as i’ve run out of flapjacks!! 😨 💪🏼

I gave my stupendous INOV8 trail shoes a rest and put on my normal road shoes. As you know burning my way around the trail is so dangerous for me…But walking in to town has a whole new set of hazards e.g getting mown down by cars (those nasty silent ones), smashing my head in by high level posts and signs, having my eyes scraped out by over-hanging trees and bushes, people…And many many more!!

I think i need a telestereoscope. 🤣

Yay the bakers had my rocket fuel aka flapjacks, so now i had a big smile on my face and was full of beans i thought i’d do some speed walking to blitz back home. I can only do this in short bursts and only when the path opens out and is pretty clear…Otherwise my whole journey is going really slow whilst thinking the next step could be my last!! 😨 Or at best an injury…So i’m pleased i got home and got my flapjacks, i’d call that a win, lol! 🤣 .

Oh, as you may have guessed i love learning new and unusual words, which is why i like to splatter them in my posts at random points, lol! Hope you like them too?! Please let me know some of your own fave words in the comments. 💪🏼 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

‘The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.’

— Bruce Lee, actor and martial artist.

Wayfaring Wednesday!

Stew Pond in the rain.

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 7/12 – Day 3…3.36 Miles…

Hi all. Well that was a miserable walk! You’d think the rain would get bored and move on to another place…But it staying as long as it can to try and ruin my ‘down week’…I thought this week would be a fun slow walk in the warm spring air, lol! 🤣

I knew i only had 1 lap to do this morning but i soon realised it was going to be a miserable one, when i walked through what seemed to be a stream right at the start of the lap…And it soaked both feet through and froze them, lol! 😭 The image below is not of the stream i mentioned, i didn’t want to walk back through it just for a photo, lol. 🤣

Puddles and more puddles!

There seemed to be deep puddles (ankle deep) nearly the whole way round, and i was glad to get out of the rain and back home with a lovely Sarah fresh coffee! ☕ 😀

Oh the plus side was that there were not many people out on the trail…So not many moving obstacles (people and dogs) for me to trip over!

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you couldn’t adhere to your healthy routine today. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance. Appreciate how much you have achieved and how far you have come.

I think this quote is for me. 😀

Tachymetry Tuesday: 1 Quick Lap!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 7/12 – Day 2…3.2 Miles…

Hi all. After 3 days away in Derby (City where i grew up), and knowing this is already day 2 of my ‘down week’ (sorry no motivational Monday yesterday) i only had to do 1 lap which is 50% of my usual minimum day’s training. Once i switched out of holiday mode and stopped telling myself that 1 lap isn’t enough so why bother?! Oh and it’s raining outside, and it’s your ‘down week’ so why not just rest all together…Fighting all of those thoughts away, i put on my audiobook, rain coat and INOV8 super shoes and blitzed my way around the lap! 💪🏼

It was windy, cold and sloppy mud out on the trail which my shoes just love, there was no sun and few people out which was also a lovely rest for my eyes and brain…Just what i need this week! 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you couldn’t adhere to your healthy routine today. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance. Appreciate how much you have achieved and how far you have come.

I think this quote is for me. 😀

Deep-Fried Brain Friday!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 6/12 – Day 5…3.2 Miles…

Hi all. After the torrential rain yesterday i headed out in to the ultra bright sunshine again. My body felt good and energised (well as much as it can be, whilst being dragged out early morning, lol) BUT…After half way around my first lap i’d just had enough! My brain, eyes and head had simply had enough of the pain of struggling through the blinding sun. If i could’ve teleported home i would, but i had to stumble the rest of the way homeme! 😭

After receiving 2 more amazing donations yesterday…That’s nearly half way towards my target! 😲 Thank you all, and after jumping around and celebrating i felt good! 😀 I thought my down week next week would give my body chance to rest and repair itself for my next personal best in March…But it will be for my eyes, head and brain! I’m pleased it’s not this old body (muscles & bones etc) letting me down, and either way i’m going to enjoy the 50% less mileage next week! 😀 ❤️

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you couldn’t adhere to your healthy routine today. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance. Appreciate how much you have achieved and how far you have come.

I think this quote is for me. 😀

Thrilling Thursday: Wet, Windy & Wild! 🌧

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 6/12 – Day 4…9 Miles…

Hi all. “Wow…Now that’s hammering down” i said to Sarah as i listened to the rain pounding on the windows. I eventually got ready in all of my waterproofs and headed out.

As it was raining hard and cloudy, it was the best conditions for my eyes (which isn’t much difference at all but every little helps) complete opposite from yesterday’s blinding sun. I thought i’d take a photo of the slight down hill section of my walk, as i’d just stepped in to an ankle deep puddle (there are many on this section) but didn’t want to get my phone out much as it was already wet inside my pocket, lol! 😲

After 3 laps (9 miles) i decided to come home for a hot coffee. ☕ My super new trail shoes just sailed around again with comfort and grip…But although they were cleaned yesterday they felt a bit sludgy when i arrived back home. I took this photo of them but i can’t see well enough to know if they are dirty, could you let me know in the comments section below? Or maybe the heavy rain has soaked them and cleaned them for me?! 🤣

I can’t believe it’s week 6 of my 12 week marathon training plan already, and i’m really looking forwards to next week’s ‘Down Week’ where i only have to do 50% of the miles. This will give my legs some much needed rest but also use less mileage on my stupendous new INOV8 Terraultra trail shoes…I’ve put nearly 50 miles on them already! 😨 Can you believe there is only 59 days to go until my trail marathon!! 😱

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you couldn’t adhere to your healthy routine today. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance. Appreciate how much you have achieved and how far you have come.

Weary Wednesday: Don’t Give Up!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 6/12 – Day 3…6 Miles…

Hi all. Once i’d dragged myself out of bed i saw the sun blitzing through the windows, i checked my weather app to see how cold it was outside so i could choose my layers…The app said exactly what i was thinking as i thought about walking for 6 miles in the blinding sun! 😨

After the fallen tree drama yesterday i was happy to find it gone this morning, yay. But for some reason my legs and energy levels were just not happening and i almost gave up half way round, but realised i still have to get home and i’m miles away, lol…So i gave it as much as i could to make it back home! 😰

In the middle of fighting myself not to give up i took this photo of the stew pond to remind me it really is lovely around here. 😲

I can’t believe it’s week 6 of my 12 week marathon training plan already, and i’m really looking forwards to next week’s ‘Down Week’ where i only have to do 50% of the miles. This will give my legs some much needed rest but also use less mileage on my stupendous new INOV8 Terraultra trail shoes…I’ve put 40 miles on them already! 😨 Can you believe there is only 60 days to go until my trail marathon!! 😱

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

This is written on the back of my INOV8 T-Shirt! 🤣

Treacherous Tuesday: Fallen Tree! 😨

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 6/12 – Day 2…6 Miles…

Hi all. After 3 storms last week i’d not managed to walk out to the trail until today…And as i was making my way to the start of my trail lap i hit the brakes (a full emergency stop, lol) as i kicked this treacherous obstacle. To most of you guys this isn’t treacherous at all, but once i’d told myself i wasn’t turning around and going home…I felt around it with my feet to make sure there wasn’t any branches sticking up etc…And simply stepped over it, yay! 😀

I then thought “If this has happened on the path before i even start the trail…Then what is the actual trail going to be like?” I had 2 laps (6 miles) to walk today and i was on high alert for the first lap making sure i didn’t hit anything else, but to my surprise it was all clear…Thank you rangers and volunteers for clearing the way after the storm! 💪🏼 😀

It was spookily quiet on the trail this morning after all of the storms, and i even stopped to take a photo of the beautiful stew pond, remembering that it’s so lovely around this nature reserve and i shouldn’t just blitz round and get my laps done, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

This is written on the back of my INOV8 T-Shirt! 🤣

Motivational Monday: Increase The NEAT!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 6/12 – Day 1…

Hi all. It’s seriously windy outside again today, so i’m being wise and staying in! As i walk through the woods on the trail i don’t want to be splattered by a falling tree, it may stop me training for a while, lol…And there are only 62 days left to the trail marathon! 😨 , lol!

So i thought i’d concentrate (more than usual) today on increasing my NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) to burn a few more calories…Now where has Sarah gone as i need to give her a piggyback, lol! 🤣

Me carrying Princess Sarah! ❤️

Hoovering, Dancing & Singing…

I also make sure i don’t eat my amazingly tasty chocolate flapjack on a no walking day…I tell myself “No lap, no flapjack“. 😭 Once Sarah is bored of me carrying her around the house (yes even up the stairs) i’ll break out the hoover…You should see a blind man hoovering…As i can’t see the floor i walk around with bare feet so i can feel if the hoover has picked up any bits etc, it’s a large undertaking for me and that’ll burn some calories, lol! 🤣 Then as always i’ll jig about to music (pulling some shapes, lol) whilst singing away happily to an omnifarious mix of genres! 😀

Have you created any other crazy things to increase your NEAT? 🤔

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ February together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated”

This is written on the back of my INOV8 T-Shirt! 🤣

The Reason For All Of My Suffering (i mean training, lol)…

Please click the image above to read all about my fundraising story.

I’m planning to step off the sidelines again soon… this time in memory of my wonderful mum, Valerie who died after a 14 yr struggle with Multiple Sclerosis, in the same month that I was registered blind.

I’ve always wanted to do something positive to celebrate her life and as you may know, my lovely wife Sarah has just started work at the MS Society. I can think of no better time or charity to make my fundraising in memory wish come true and I can finally add my mums name to the MS Society fight to BEAT MS.


I’m possibly stretching myself a little too far for this challenge and so I’d really appreciate your support…Please click the MS Society photo above to read all about my challenge, my story and if you can…Please donate and help me reach my fundraising target! ❤️😀 Oh please help me by sharing my JustGiving page to anyone you know who may be interested! 💪🏼