❤️The Blind Sightseers: Visit Breadsall Priory!😲

Hi Friends! For our 15th wedding anniversary we decided on visiting the ‘Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club‘ for 3 nights in Derby, UK, and wow was it a special time. When i was 12 (35 years ago 😲) i used to do my morning paper round in Breadsall village, but i’d never visited this place even though i lived in Derby for 30 years! Oh and it has an indoor swimming pool for Sarah…She absolutely loves swimming, so her goes…😀

The Bear Cafe…😋

When we arrived in Derby after a 3 hour journey on a train, a tube train and then another train…We walked straight to the BEAR cafe as they do the best croissants and strong coffee. When i say ‘Best’ i don’t mean it’s at the top of the ‘Blind Sightseers Gastronomic Leaderboard’ that is still the phenomenal croissants we had in Amalfi, Italy…I mean the best in Derby that we’ve had so far, lol! 🤣 I was just so pleased to put down my massive backpack (the one use for rucking) and i think i’d filled every pocket and pouch! 😨

Welcom to Breadsall Priory…😲

Info taken from Marriott’s website: “Experience a majestic sense of arrival as you drive down the mile-long approach surrounded by rolling Derbyshire countryside. Steeped in rich history, Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club dates back to 1266 and is the oldest Marriott in the world. Bordered by the Peak District National Park and its natural beauty, we are also conveniently close to many local attractions, including Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall. Sleep well in our sophisticated rooms, work out in the gym, spend time relaxing at the spa or taking a dip in our heated indoor pool. Perfect your swing on one of our two golf courses, including the Championship Priory Course which offers challenging and varied play. We have two fantastic restaurants on site, Cast Iron Grill offers fresh, locally sourced best of British dishes including Afternoon Tea whilst the Tempo Bar is the perfect setting for a coffee.”

Yay we’ve made it…🙌

Exiting the taxi (and making lots of wow noises) we made it to the front desk. The kind lady then walked us to our room…How easy does that sound? I think it was the most convoluted walk i’ve ever done, a maze would’ve been easier, lol. The lady (and Sarah) were fantastic at telling me about the stairs up, then down, then up and then down you get the point, it felt like we’d walked around the hotel 10 times until we finally arrived at the room…Good for the step count though! 🤣

Room 170…😲

The room was fantastic and overlooked the 18th hole (not sure which one of the 2 golf courses it was) and we quickly made ourselves at home and unpacked (can’t believe i didn’t take any photos of the actual room). The room phone started ringing and after we zoned in to the noise and located it…We picked it up. It was Charlotte (a super kind lady) and she said that she’d give us a walking tour of the whole place as she knew we were blind…Wow how kind is that?!

Charlotte first showed us the rear door of the hotel which was about 30 steps from our room and it led outside to a lovely arch which was right outside the other window in our room (see photos below) and to a small car park which led straight to the ‘Tempo Bar’, ‘Gym & Swimming Pool’ and a much easier wide road that led us around to the front of the hotel…Wow our room was at the very end corner of the hotel and was perfectly located for us to be near the pool and gym…Fantastic! 💪🏼 😀

The Gym & Swim…🏋🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️

The indoor pool was the main reason for booking this hotel as the swimming pools at home are far too busy for us blindies. Charlotte introduced us to Gemma (she was amazingly helpful and kind for the whole 4 days) and she too gave us a guided tour around the whole place. We were amazed at just how big it was…The swimming pool was nice and large, and next to it was a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room…Sarah loved all of them, lol. Then up the stairs (my domain, lol) was the large cardio room (see photo below), large weight machines room and also a free weights room too! We absolutely loved this place and went every day at 6am (when it opened) and we were the first people in, it was like we had hired it all for ourselves, fantastic when you can’t see and having the feeling of freedom as we didn’t bump into anyone, lol! 🤣

he empty cardio gym

Once Gemma had shown me an easy way to use the treadmill, i was armed and ready for action. I would leave Sarah to get changed for swimming and as i’d memorised my way to the treadmills, i would hit the big start button, and i had up and down buttons on the handles for incline and speed which i kept changing to increase the intensity! Then i just kept walking until Sarah would come and tell me to stop as she’d finished and…I never knew how long Sarah would be, i just hoped she’d be back before i collapsed, lol! 🤣

We went at least 2 times a day, and i think Sarah even went 4 times on the Saturday. It was so accessible and felt like it was made for us, we hav’nt experienced anything quite so good like this. Gemma was even motivated by us going all of the time, and said that next time we come (and we definitely will) she’ll be working out even harder! 💪🏼 😀

Cast Iron Grill…🥩

after FitBlitzing it in the gym and swim we were really looking forwards to the evening meal at the in-house restaurant, we had a lovely walk around the grounds as the restaurant was at the front of the hotel …But first a quick toast for our 15th wedding anniversary!! ❤️

We both skipped the starters and headed straight for the sirloin steaks…Wow they even came with chips. I

☢️ HEALTH WARNING… Ding, Ding, Ding…Boom! 😋

Yay it’s the sound of the ‘Blind Sightseers Gastronomic Leaderboard’ bell, and it’s not for the steak! It was the stupendous ‘Bearnaise’ sauce. It was simply amazing and was the tastiest bearnaise sauce we’ve ever tasted…And Sarah is the sauce master as she’s pretty much tasted every sauce going, lol! 🤣

As you can tell i’m enjoying the meal, and it wasn’t long before all of the food had vanished…Now it was time to choose dessert…It was at this point when the waitress turned up with a large tray and set it down on the table. She then said “Happy anniversary”. Sarah & i were both stunned as we didn’t even know that they knew it was our anniversary?! We thanked her profusely then Sarah described it to me…Mmmm chocolate! 😋

It was absolutely delicious and of course i had to eat Sarah’s brownie too (after she’d had a tea spoon) as we didn’t want her blood sugar to spike too much! Oh and the funny photo below shows just how sweet it tasted!! 🤣

We were completely blown away by the kind and considerate staff in the entire hotel, as they’d really taken our sight loss to heart and were bending over backwards and going the extra mile for us to make our stay as accessible as possible…We really can’t thank them enough. We walked around the grounds some more to finish off our anniversary…

And then just when we’d arrived back to our room Sarah found this for us…😲

I’m not sure what more i can say about their kindness?! We will keep the card in our memory box, but i’m sorry, the handmade chocolates didn’t last the visit, lol! 🤣

The Secret Garden…🌻

On day 2, 3 & 4 (same amazing routine each day) we woke up at 5:30am and got to the leisure centre for 6am, Gemma was turning everything on and was impressed that we’d got up early and were the first to arrive. We had a fantastic time and Sarah loved having the pool to herself to finally swim without any interruptions or people in the way…And i took to walking on a treadmill instead of the treacherous trail at home, lol! 🤣 Then after we had the great breakfast we had a look around the ground and found the secret garden and a lovely bench to enjoy it! 😀

The Bench…☀️

The sun was blazing down for the whole 4 days which made the bench a perfect place to sit. Nobody walked past or even came near so it felt like nobody knew about this place…This worked great for us as it was like our home away from home. 😀

After my attempt at ‘Photobombing’ we went for a little walk around the whole grounds (well as far as we could go without getting blasted by golf balls) and just enjoyed being away in this stunning place. 😀

The Flowers…🌻

I then heard lots of wow noises coming from Sarah as she asked me to take photos of her with some of the stunning flowers!

Then once i’d peeled Sarah away from some of her fave flowers, we carried on enjoying, making wow noises and soaking in the lovely sunshine…Until we found something interesting…?? 🤔 ☀️

Blind Chess Anyone…?

As we walked towards the building and around one of the sides, we found some large garden games. Sarah said “You’re going to love this” as she walked me up to the chessboard on the ground and lifted one of the pieces up for me to figure out?! I could just about make out the knight but believe it or not, i still need the pieces to be bigger…Maybe as big as me to be able to have a game, lol! 🤣 Sarah then said “Quick let me get a photo of you and you can show it to your bloggers…Another fantastic idea from my lovely wife, hope you enjoy! 😀

my new niece jessica…😲

Kelly with baby Jessica! 😀

As this was a 3 night stay for our 15th wedding anniversary, we wanted it to be low key as we didn’t have time to visit everyone whilst we were up near Derby…But we thought it would be a great way of seeing my new niece for the first time (if they could come to us for a quick visit) they did, and we had a lovely couple of hours catching up with Paul (my brother), Kelly and my new niece Jessica…

Happy 13th birthday Ella…😀

On our 4th day (Sunday) we had to check out of the room at 12:00, so we just had time for a gym & swim, a walk around the grounds and my friend Rob and his family to come for breakfast and celebrate Ella’s 13th birthday with us. We had a great time (no not just the breakfast, lol) and when we were travelling home later that day, we were sent the picture (above) of Ella and her new cute rabbit!

Wow what a lovely 15th wedding anniversary…❤️

I’ve had such a lovely time putting this post together and remembering just how much fun, love and laughter i shared with my stupendous wife Sarah…I can’t wait for her to read this and see the photos…I hope you all and Sarah enjoy the ‘Blind Sightseers’ latest adventure?! 😀

Oh i almost forgot…I bought Sarah the bouquet of sunflowers etc as she has worked at MS (multiple sclerosis) Society for a year, and i thought i’d finish this post with sunflowers and smiles!! 🌻 😀

☀️Are You Staying Cool? ðŸ˜…

Hi FitBlitz family! As i’m sat here typing this during this ‘European Heat Wave’ with a desk fan blowing my head off trying to stay cool…I was thinking about all of you guys and hoped you’re managing in the heat? I know we like to ‘FitBlitz’ it on here but i’ve stayed in for the last few days while it’s been super hot…I love rest days too, lol! 🤣

Sarah in our fave place in the world…Southern Palms, Barbados! 😀

It should reach 40˚C today here in Surrey, England, UK, and unfortunately the ‘Blind Sightseers’ don’t have the amazing Barbados beach or the Sharkey’s Tropical Cafe to enjoy…Which reminds me…I have about 100 posts of the Blind Sightseers’ escapades and adventures i could post again, this time with extra trips and travels?! Is this something you’d like to see? 🤔

Sarah at Sharkey’s Tropical Cafe in Barbados, drinking a lovely iced coffee!

Are you managing in the heat? Is it hot where you are? 🤔

Let’s FitBlitz 2022 Together!! 💪🏼

☀️ 26˚C Rucking Thursday: 6 Miles! ðŸ˜…

Hi FitBlitz family! I know 26˚C is positively cold for most of you, but here in England it’s really hot for summer, lol! 🤣 I was certainly well equipped as i took out my massive backpack for a ride again today, and i fill it with all kinds of things that i don’t need…I just need a tent and could stay out for days, lol! 🤣

I just had to take a photo of the ‘Mountain Of Manure’ in the top image, as my foot sank a little further than expected at that point of the walk…So i stopped, stamped my feet a few times and took this shot for you all, lol! 🤣

As i was stomping around the nature reserve trail today, drinking water whilst running with sweat i decided to keep stopping and take some nice sunny photos…I’m sure my body had holes in it as the water i drank seemed to leak straight through my skin!! ☀️ 💪🏼 🤣

Are you managing to get out in the heat? Is it hot where you are? 🤔

Let’s FitBlitz 2022 Together!! 💪🏼

☀️ 31˚C Walking Wednesday: 6 Miles! ðŸ˜…

Hi FitBlitz family! Well there is 1 good thing about going out in the intense heat and dripping with sweat for the past 2 days…The trail was empty!! I couldn’t believe it as it was perfect for me not to have cyclists, runners and ferocious dogs coming at me all of the time. 🤣

This week (after getting back from an amazing trip to the Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club) i’d decided to switch up my walking again…I’ve pulled out my First Tactical 60+ litre (with all the pouches) backpack, and it feels like wearing power armour (from Fallout 4 PS Game) as it wraps around you. The wide hip belt itself has 4 pouches on including 2 water bottle pouches…I’m so grateful for these especially in this incredible heat! 💪🏼 Sorry i could go on for ever talking about just how many pouches, pockets and compartments it has (yes i love it, lol) but i’ll just say that it’s typical that the heat wave started as i chose to use it, lol! 🤣

Are you managing to get out in the heat? Is it hot where you are? 🤔

Let’s FitBlitz 2022 Together!! 💪🏼

❤️The Princess And The Priory!😲

My lovely wife Sarah in front of the Breadsall Priory in Derby, UK

Hi FitBlitz family! It’s been very quiet over here as ‘The Blind Sightseers’ (me and my lovely wife Sarah) have been away celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary, at the amazing Breadsall Priory in Derby, UK! ❤️ So please be patient with me as i sort through the photos to try and create a post for you..And us, lol…It takes me ages but i’m working on it!

Don’t be fooled thinking it was relaxing though, lol…We had lots of FitBlitzing fun, fitness and food…There was a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, free weights room, weight machines room…And most of all (for me) a completely empty cardio room (yes i was the only one in there every time) for me to do my walking…Perfect!! 💪🏼 😀

he empty cardio gym at Breadsall Priory! 💪🏼

Trailblazing Tuesday: 20 Miles!! ðŸ˜²

Hi FitBlitz family! Yesterday was a messy day of me fighting my body ‘Mr Lazy’ and only just managing to stay on my feet…But today i took the fight to him! I ‘FitBlitzed’ him with a flurry of 20 miles (yes 20, i can’t believe it either) and after 5 and a half hours of bombardment…he was knocked out for the count,lol! 💪🏼 🤣

It was a gruelling (yet beautiful) walk today, and it all went well without any dramas, accidents or animal attacks, yay! I managed to take a few photos on my travels and i was pleasantly surprised when i returned home having managed 20 miles without passing out, lol…That’s not too far off a marathon!! 😲

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

Jess C. Scott

“A fit, healthy body — that is the best fashion statement.”

Motivational Monday: A Yawning 7.5 Miles! ðŸ˜´

Hi FitBlitz family! I can’t believe how much i was yawning this morning, i couldn’t even drag myself to get my walking (fighting) gear on, lol! 🤣 But with thanks to you all (i knew i had to write this post and you’d be holding me accountable) so i forced my way out on to the trail! I was fine once i was on the trail and i flew around at over 4 miles an hour…Yay i have a motivational Monday post for you, and hopefully you won’t nail me too much for trying to be lazy, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

Jim Rohn

“You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Photo Filled Thursday: 3 Miles & 16 Photos!

Hi FitBlitz family! After 3 mad days of speed and endurance building walks, it was nice to have time to perambulate (thanks word for today for a new word) around the trail today. I walked 3 miles at 3 miles per hour and thought i’d take lots of photos for you, and also enjoy myself instead of pushing the limits…Oh and it would finally give my legs a rest too! 😀

I made up a rule that meant i couldn’t take any photos of the trail in front of me, i could only take photos from my left, right or behind me…I thought it wouldn’t bore you too much and give you a slightly different perspective of the trail, lol! 🤣

It was really overcast today and the temperature had also dropped, so not many scintillating (thanks to the other word for today podcast) photos as they’d look much better with the blazing sun! ☀️It was a lovely walk although i had to keep telling myself to slow down to 3 mph…Wearing my walking outfit and those INOV-8 trail shoes just make me want to go faster all of the time! 💪🏼 😀

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

I’m not running a marathon or a 5 K. I have no upcoming competitions and I don’t plan on going to the beach. I am working out like my life depends on it. Because it does!

Wet & Wild Wednesday: 7 Miles

Hi FitBlitz family! After finishing a lovely coffee by my even lovelier wife Sarah, i put on my usual shorts and vest combo ready for my walk, when “Hold on a minute…Is that rain?” i thought as i opened the front door to the rain pounding down. I answered my question by putting on my ultra bright yellow rain jacket and went to say goodbye to Sarah. 😀

Sarah said “Wow that’s bright, and with your orange trainers, i’ve got to take a photo for your bloggers to see”. I assumed she meant it looked really cool and that i look like an old retired footballer (soccer player)…I’ll leave that one alone and hope you enjoy the photo above anyway, lol! 🤣 Full credit to Sarah as she ran out in the rain to take the photo, then ran back in again! 😀

After 17 miles yesterday i’d planned to take this one easy to give my legs a rest…I didn’t!! As it was raining and the trail was grey i thought i’d try my ‘Walk Fast’ playlist…Wow, now i know why i havn’t done this one before, lol! Each song is a little faster than the one before, so just when i’d reached the bottom of the half mile uphill section…A quicker song would come on…Ouch…But of course i didn’t give in and just kept pushing until the job (or me) was done, yay i did it! 💪🏼 😀

Oh by the way…Sorry for not posting any new photos of trees, ponds or trails today, but my iphone was tucked away in a waterproof pocket and i was also going too fast to stop, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

Cristiano Ronaldo

“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”

Trudging Tuesday: 17 Miles! ðŸ˜°

Hi FitBlitz family! Wow…Now that was a long walk and i’m pleased i’ve survived, lol. 🤣 I managed a total of 6 laps today…You’d think i’d get bored of walking around and around the same trail…But i don’t, it’s just a beautiful walk and i’m so blessed to be able to do it! 🙏 😀

I kept a good pace of around 3.75 mph for over 4 and a half hours which i’m really happy with, also i could’ve only dreamed of such a thing 2 years ago! I think i’d better sort myself out to do another fundraiser before i burn myself out…Or get too old, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

Waygone Wednesday: 5.92 Miles

Hi fitness family! After the last 2 days of FitBlitzing fast walks, i needed to take today’s walk nice and slow as ‘I’m not as young as i used to be’. The sun was blazing down again which is actually starting to feel nice (never thought i’d say that, lol) as when i walk around my nearly 3 mile laps, i catch the sun evenly as going around the lap tans up every side of my body, lol! 🤣

I was back to a 3.5 mph pace which wasn’t as slow as i’d wanted but my legs wouldn’t go any slower. I still can’t believe how little the increase between 3.5 to 4 or 4.5 mph is…But the real life difference on the trail and the effort needed is massive! 😓My walk was 1 hour 40 minutes which is not a rest in my book, lol…But it’s ‘June time to prune’ so i need to push on ready to change it up a little in July! 💪🏼 😀

Is it seriously hot where you are?

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

Indefatigability Tuesday: 6.34 Miles!

Hi fitness family! After yesterday’s gruelling 4 mph walk for nearly 3 hours…I decided to push a little further to see if this blindman can go a bit faster?! 🤔 So i started my ‘Walk 135 bpm playlist (this is only 5 beats a minute quicker but wow does it make a difference) and headed out to try and catch my legs, lol! 🤣

Thankfully the trail was quite empty which was a blessing as i really couldn’t see anything at such a pace…The sun was also blinding, but my legs were more blinding, lol! 🤣 I couldn’t believe how hard it was to try and catch my legs which were locked on to the beat of the music. And just when the top half of my body had caught up…A nice steep incline would appear…Wow now that’s hard! 😨

My watch shouts out my pace each mile, and i was amazed to hear 13 minutes 35 seconds…That’s just under 4.5 miles per hour (about 4.4). I almost fell over as i’d never been below 14 minutes a mile, especially when walking on my own, the sun is blinding and i can only feel the trail path with my feet!! Oh did i mention that’s sub 14 minutes, lol! I’m so happy and i need to celebrate this as i never thought it possible!! 😲

Sorry i didn’t take any photos today as i simply couldn’t stop my legs…I think i need a ‘Go Pro’! 🤣

Have you reached any milestones with your health and fitness goals?

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

Motivational Monday: 11.13 Miles!

Hi fitness family! Hope you’ve had a ‘FitBlitzing’ weekend? Today on the trail i managed 4 laps (11.13 miles) and kept my pace around 4 miles per hour for a total of 2 hours 45 minutes! 💪🏼

I kept my ‘Walk 130 bpm’ music playlist on for the whole duration, as it’s like a pulsing metronome as i push myself to keep up. I put my right foot down on the bass drum (first beat) and my left foot down on the snare drum (beat 2), and as it’s the same persistent beat all of the time, it’s a real workout when a steep hill appears and you have to keep the same beat but with much more effort…You just keep pumping away until you hope a down hill or flat section will start, lol! 🤣

If it didn’t feel so good, healthy and so rewarding for the body, it could be classed as some form of torture, lol. It’s like being chained to a treadmill for nearly 3 hours with the speed set to 4 mph…And like the movie ‘Speed’ if you slow down below that speed then you’ll blow up, or at least fail your goal! 😨 So you pound away across the trail (uphill and downhill) trying to get to the end where you can disarm the bomb timer! But WOW do you feel good afterwards for achieving it!! 😀 💪🏼

Oh and achieving the ‘Perfect Week (All Activity)’ award badge for last week was a great motivator too! 💪🏼

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

🙏 FitBlitzing Fry day: Scorching 8.55 Miles! ðŸ˜°

Hi fitness family! “Wow it’s hot” i say (under my breath) as i speed around 3 laps (8.55 mile) of the trail today. As the temperature was already at 30˚C i still tried to stay around 4 mph…I managed to push myself harder and got a personal best time on the last lap! 😲

The photo above is of the pond (which i normally take) but it was taken further back on a different path. I usually bomb across the path you can see going from left to right…But i thought you’d like to see it from a different angle?! 😀

It was really hard but so rewarding on the trail today, it was almost impossible (but almost doesn’t count, lol) trying to stop my flesh from taking control…It just never stays down! I tried to burn it in to submission with the suns help and then drown it with sweat…But it still kept fighting me, lol! 🤣 I finally knocked it out with discipline, pushing harder and getting the perfect knock out by achieving a personal best!! 💪🏼 😀 Let’s hope after a week of solid ‘FitBlitz’ walking it stays down over the weekend, lol! 🤣

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

🙏 Thankful Thursday: Joy & Jubilation! ðŸ˜€

Hi fitness family! Today on the trail in the 28˚C heat i started thinking about how far i’d ventured along my health and fitness journey after 2 years, and how i’m managing to walk around this trail every day in this intense heat, with no hay fever and wearing my medium clothes…I instantly started giving thanks for everything! 🙏 😀

🤧 No Hay Fever…

I can’t tell you how much easier it’s been this summer without suffering from the constant streaming eyes, dripping nose and ferocious sneezing! My mind still hasn’t adapted to the new body work yet (even after 2 years) and i still walk around expecting the effects…But nothing comes, yay! 😀  

☀️ The Sun & The Heat…

I’ve never been comfortable in the sun and always hated the heat, i’d always try and find shade or find some other way out of it. Simply walking the trail, sitting outside a coffee shop or in my own back garden seriously felt like my bones were being steamed in a cauldron of boiling water, whilst my skin was being attacked by a million angry wasps with mini switchblades  cutting into me! 

BUT…🤔

Now i’ve lost 4 stone (56 pounds) over 2 years, i have the energy and fitness levels to enjoy stomping around on the trail for hours…Ii sit out with Sarah everyday in our garden (when the sun is out anyway) and i’m always the one wanting to stay out longer. I also have to think about being out too long and getting sun burnt…This is something i’ve neve had to think about before! 💪🏼   

The sun actually feels nice now and i can finally enjoy it. Now i understand why my lovely wife Sarah enjoys and loves to be out in the hot sun…And it feels fantastic!!    

Size XXL to Medium…😲

Since losing 4 stone over 2 years, and going from a size XXL t-shirt to a size medium. I have never been a medium throughout my whole adult life. I’m loving having to get a new wardrobe and ordering a medium size and it fitting like a glove…Not much beats this feeling! ❤️

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

☀️ Heat Wave Wednesday: 8.55 Miles!

Hi fitness family! It’s a roasting 27˚C which is climbing to around 32˚C on Friday! 😓 This is very hot for England, Uk and i certainly felt it whilst out on the trail today for 2 ½ hours…I was dripping like a Salvador Dali painting! 🤣

I was walking around the trail trying to think of a photo i’d not already taken of this 3 mile trail, as i’ve already bored you to death with photos of trees, trails and ponds, lol! 🤣 When i’d finished stomping up a hill section right after the pond, i stopped at the “Crossroads” to take a well needed water break…When i thought “Wait a minute…I haven’t shown them the 4 points of the crossroads yet?!”

Yay i’ve managed to find some more paths and trees to really get you fed up! 🤣 I was very tired at this point and the sun was super bright…So i hope i actually got the 4 paths in the shots?! 🤔

Once again (like yesterday) when i returned home my lovely wife Sarah had made me a ‘Super Tuna, Cottage Cheese, cucumber, onion, tomato, beetroot Tower Manwich’ on 7 seed protein wholemeal bread…With sliced apple on the side! 😲🥒🍅🍏

Oh and if that wasn’t tasty and refreshing enough after a long hot walk…Sarah also picked some strawberries from our garden and popped them in a coconut vanilla (under 70 calories) yogurt..Mmmmmm! 😋 🍓🥥

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

☀️ Hot Tuna Tuesday: 8.63 Miles!

Hi fitness family! I seriously didn’t want to go out today as i knew the sun was going to be far too bright, but i dragged myself out of the door and on to the trail…Once i’m out i can get it done and all of my excuses have failed, lol! 🤣

It wasn’t long before i could hear lots of engine noise and blades cutting, chopping and snapping twigs and branches in front of me, so i turned my audiobook off, slowed down and imagined walking on to huge blades as my flesh and bones are sprayed all over the trail. Once i listened properly, i could hear that they were moving forwards so i just followed super slowly until i could get past, phew! The image above shows what was in front…Could you let me know what it is in the comments section as i have no idea? 🤔

I managed 3 laps (8.63 miles) before i simply had to stop, as the sun persistently burned my eyes in to submission…I just couldn’t take any more! I would’ve liked to do 4 laps or even 5 which is a half marathon but my brain was fried! 😭

Once i returned home my lovely wife Sarah had made me her ‘Super Hot Tuna, Ham, Chicken, Cottage Cheese, Salad Tower Manwich’ on 7 seed protein wholemeal bread. 😲 The “Hot” doesn’t mean warm tuna (i hate that) but it means it’s an amazing sandwich…And it was! 😋

Let’s ‘FitBlitz’ 2022 together!! 💪🏼

Motivational Quote:..

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

Lacustrine Tranquillity Thursday! ðŸ˜²

Hi fitness family! After ‘FitBlitzing’ around my local nature reserve this morning, and doing my daily 8.5 miles (3 laps) i stopped to take a few photos and thought…I think i’ll just let you sit back and enjoy this beautiful place without any of my flannel and waffle…I can save all that until tomorrow!! 🤣

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

2 Hours 10 Minutes Tuesday: 8.57 Miles!

Hi fitness family. As it’s ‘June time to prune’ i always turn up the heat a little more than the rest of th year, as it gives me a month where i can return to the bodyshop and restore, polish and beat my bodywork back into alignment (sorry i’m a retired panel beater, lol). I love using the car body – human body metaphor and I’m sure this won’t be the last time you’re going to hear about this, lol.🤣

I am walking 3 laps (not 2 as usual) Mon – Friday and trying to keep a brisk walking pace (speed walking for me) of around 4 miles per hour. Today i managed to do 8.57 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes in the bright sun which was quick for me. I even turned off my audiobook after 1 lap and played my ‘Walk 135 bpm’ playlist, to keep me right on time to stay just over 4 mph…I was exhausted when i returned home but it feels good for achieving my goal…Now just another 3 weeks of this, 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

Terrifying Tuesday: The HISS!! ðŸ˜¨

Hi fitness family. Walked another 6 miles (2 laps) this morning, and the weather went from cold and grey to super bright sunshine…Oh and there was also a little rain thrown in the mix too! 😀

By the way…When i returned home to crop my photos (they really do need cropping as i’m taking them blind, lol), i was super surprised to find a Canada goose in the bottom left of my pond shot above…I love finding things in my photos, as i can’t see what i’m taking when i actually snap the shot!! 💪🏼😲

For some reason there weren’t as many people on the trail (works way better for me), as for the first 4 months it was really busy which meant so many more human, dog, bike and even ranger truck obstacles, lol! 🤣 But when the sun is shining and the trail is clear…It really is a beautiful place to walk! 😲

But then…🤔

I was just chillin along the path listening to some ‘Tartan Noir’ on audible when…A loud HISS blasted out behind me from about 20 feet away! My stomach dropped at the same time as i realised it was definitely a snake! 😨 I knew they have adders on this trail but i’ve never heard one in all the years i’ve been walking here. Either way in my imagination it was a 30 foot anaconda which (with mouth wide open) was speeding after me! As soon as i heard the HISS my pace seemed to triple in speed and i could picture this things fangs digging into my calf muscles at any point…So i was racing off, as it can earn it’s kill as i ‘FitBlitzed’ away to try and tire it out, lol! 🤣 Oh and just think of the extra calories i’d burned off! 🤣

Wow, just when i thought i’d exhausted all the excitement i could get on the trail…I have something else to tell you about…Well i can now i’ve survived it, lol! 🤣 As you can imagine i was full of beans relaying the story to my lovely wife Sarah, and i’m still full of beans as i’m typing this to you too! 😀

This also got me thinking about all of you guys who live all around the world?! As i’m in England there are not too many man eating beasts in the woods…But what is the worst dangers you have when walking around your local area? 🤔

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

Motivational Monday: Spring in your step! ðŸŒ»

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! 💪🏼 ðŸ˜€

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! ❤️😲 ðŸ§¡

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! 💪🏼 ðŸ˜€

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! ðŸ˜‹

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! ðŸ§¡

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! ðŸ˜²

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! ðŸ˜€

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! ðŸ’ªðŸ¼

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?! ðŸ˜¨

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! ðŸ’ªðŸ¼

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 â˜€ï¸

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! ðŸ˜€

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! ðŸ¤•

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! 🤣