🙌 June Challenge Badge 2022! 💪🏼

Hi FitBlitz family! I just had to share one of this months goals…The June challenge badge. As i started ‘June time to prune’ i looked at the requirements for earning this badge, and it was huge so i kind of dismissed it…I’m sure these challenge badges are getting harder every month now?! Never the less i increased my walking duration and speed most days this month, and i started to see that it just may be achievable…And now here it is!! 😲

Motivational Quote…

“Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.”

J.J. Watt

Yay…2 Years…Still Size M (just)! 💪🏼

Hi fitness family! 😀

Can you believe it’s been 2 years today, since i started on my life long health target starting with (“June time to prune”) on 1st June 2020. I wanted to post this on my blogs as a milestone for me, as i like to share all of my ups and downs with you all! 💪🏼 😀 

Now it’s June again and i have some extra pounds to prune! I’m still a size medium (from XXL) but it’s not the easy fitting new clothes i enjoyed a year ago…So yay i have a new goal to smash already, lol! 🤣

It’s great getting back to walking each day after taking a well earned rest with lots of celebrating whilst taking the whole month of May off. But now i’m back focused again on my future fundraisers, lol! 🤣 I still can’t believe in these last 2 years i’ve managed an ‘Ultra Step Challenge‘ and the ‘Trail Marathon‘ along with shrinking down from size XXL to M and having to buy a new set of clothes…My mind still hasn’t caught up! 😲

Talking of walking…I went out on the trail again this morning and managed my usual daily 6 miles in just over 1 hour 30 minutes. There were no dramas at all today, yay so i enjoyed it even more…But not as much as the stupendous Sarah special stack sandwich supreme i have when i get back! 😋

I’d just like to say a huge sorry in advance to my lovely wife Sarah…As she is probably going to hear the phrase “Caloric Deficit” again and again for the rest of the year, lol! 🤣 ❤️

Lets FitBlitz 2022 Together! 💪🏼

Motivational Monday: 365 Move Goals 2022 🙌

Hi all. Wow that year has passed quickly, i thought i’d only just bought my apple watch the other week, lol! 🤣 Really pleased to have closed my move ring for a whole year though, and i look forwards to seeing if i can do it for another year?!

Motivational Quote…

¨Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.¨

Sylvester Stallone

🙌 March Challenge Badge 2022!

Hi friends. This is the badge i thought i’d never be achieving, as at the start of the month it said “earn this badge with an average of 89 exercise minutes a day”. Fortunately my trail marathon is next month, so March was going to be the month with the most amount of miles walked. I thought ‘you don’t eat a 50Oz steak in one go…You eat it one bite at a time’…So i just kept walking each day and finally (beyond belief) i earned my award, and there is still about a week to go!! 💪🏼 😀 🙌

Motivational Quote…

¨Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.¨

Sylvester Stallone

🙌 Yay…Over 50% Of My Fundraising Target Achieved! 😀

Hi friends. Wow…After another donation from Canada on Friday (yes Canada, blows my mind!!), i’ve now reached over 50% of my fundraising target!! I thought i’d share this huge milestone with all of you fantastic friends on here! Thank you all so much for donating, supporting and sharing…You guys are the best!! ❤️💪🏼 😲

🙌 February Challenge Badge 2022!

Hi friends! After a tough day today on the trail, i was extremely pleased to have a notification to say i’ve been awarded this badge! 💪🏼

Do you guys have a fitness tracker of some sort? I’d really like to know what helps and motivates you to keep smashing your health and fitness goals?! 😀

Sarah’s Sunday, Stupendous & Sizzling Sirloin Steaks…With 8 Veg!! 😋

Older photo of 9oz Sarah’s sirloin steaks!

Hi all. Since we couldn’t walk to the local butchers on Saturday as the storm was giving it the beans…We had to settle for some old M&S sirloin steaks from the freezer, lol! After Sarah had cut the disgusting fat off (Me and Sarah don’t like the elastic rubber stuff) we only had 6oz steaks. 😭 They were super soft once Sarah had done her secret magic to them and i’d already baked 4 jacket potatoes yesterday (we share 1 between us per meal) which had the carbs sorted…But then Sarah did carrots, swede, garden peas, green beans, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and best of all brussels sprouts!! 😲 Wow i love recovering over the weekend after training Monday to Friday! 💪🏼

I don’t have the hyperbole to tell you how tasty this meal was…And how jam packed full of protein it was. Protein is essential for keeping our hair, nails, skin, bones, cartilage and blood in good shape. It’s an important building block for increasing muscle mass and repairing tissues, and is also needed to create hormones, enzymes and other chemicals within the human body. It also has lots of iron and other micro nutrients too…Perfect! Oh and i won’t bore you to death with just how good having 8 different vegetables are too…What nutrition packed meal from my lovely wife Sarah! I can start the training week with a huge smile now, lol! 🤣 💪🏼

A huge thanks to my lovely wife Sarah for this amazing meal…What a way to recover after a record breaking week!! 💪🏼

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Stormy Super Soaking Saturday!

Me in my waterproof gear heading off for some flapjacks! 💪🏼

Hi all. Just a quick post to let you know even the heavy rain storms and gale-force winds can’t keep me from collecting my flapjacks from the bakery, lol…Yes making sure we have the adequate amount of fuel for our long walks is really that important! 💪🏼

After the British Gas man had been this morning to finally repair our boiler so we could have some lovely heating, i armed myself with my waterproof clothes and headed out. It was nice and cosy inside my lovely warm clothes and returned (without accident) with my supply of the amazingly tasty flapjacks! 😋

Let’s ‘Fitblitz’ our goals together…No matter the weather! 💪🏼 🤣

Photographic Thursday: Danger…This Gallery May Bore You To Death! 😨

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 4 – Day 4 – 6 Miles…

Hi all. After smashing my personal best walk of 16.21 miles yesterday, i went out on a slow (really hard to go slow now) sauntering pace this morning. As i was shuffling round i thought i’d use this time to take lots of photos of the trail. I don’t normally take photos on my walks as i don’t normally have time as i’m concentrating on form, speed and trying my hardest not to get lost. Also my iPhone is 4 and a half years old and i’m trying to conserve as much battery as i can just to time my long walks, and i don’t want to use it for anything else that’ll drain my battery, lol! 🤣

Having said all that…I didn’t want to bore you to death with lots of images of boring trails, lol. But i have done it now anyway! 🤣

Trail Marathon Photos…

It was really overcast this morning which is great for me and my sight loss, but not so good for bringing sunshine sparkle to my images.

It was a really tough walk this morning even though i was only doing 3.3 miles per hour and the 6 miles took me about 1 hour and 50 minutes. But when i did eventually stagger back home, my lovely wife Sarah was ready to take her break and made me one of her monumental fresh coffees! ☕ 😋

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals too? 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! 💪🏼

Walking Record Wednesday: Finally Smashed The 16 Mile Marker!! 💪🏼

Me walking when it was a little warmer, lol! 🤣

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 4 – Day 3 – 16.21 Miles…

Hi all. Yay i’ve managed to finally smash through the 16 mile marker this morning, and manage 16.21 miles, and wow was it hard! I knew i had to pull a little bit more out of my legs to beat last walking wednesday’s record of 15.85 miles…But i somehow managed it even though the blinding sun was doing it’s best to end my walk. Sorry i can’t write too much today as i’m dying here! 🤣

Today’s Walking Stats…

Although it doesn’t seem like much to beat last weeks record by just under half a mile…I managed to walk a little faster and do the walk in 4 hours 15 minutes at around 3.9mph. All this was non stop walking (incredibly without a toilet break) and i’m really pleased with the pace as the sun slows me right down!

I only managed this personal best thanks to my lovely wife Sarah making me a stupendous espresso, 2 slices of toast (keep my glycogen stores up) and of course…The 8 chocolate hob nobs that rocketed me around, yay!! 🤣

When i arrived home my lovely wife Sarah had made me a much bigger coffee, a cheese salad sandwich (like last week but even better) and gave me a massive hug which is exactly what i needed! 😋

Walking Workout Record…

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals too? 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! 💪🏼

Tough Mudder Tuesday: Looking Back For Future Motivation! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 4 – Day 2 – Tough Mudder Motivation…

Hi all. I thought you’d like to look back with me on the day this blindman tackled the Tough Mudder…And survived…Just! Looking back on this post has given me some more motivation to keep smashing away at my current fundraising challenge…The Trail Marathon! 💪🏼 😝

Tough Mudder

Yay…..We did it! 

A photo of the hard as nails team with our headbands on and our arms around each other

⇧From left: Adie, Vini, Me, Josie & Ashley ⇧ 

Tough Mudder 5K – Saturday 13th October 2018…….Here Goes!

Adie, Me & Josie at the start with smoke covering the landscape

⇧ From left: Adie, Me & Josie ⇧  

Adie on my back as i carry him on the hero carry

 ⇧ Me carrying Adie on the “Hero Carry” ⇧ 

It was amazing to have my friend of nearly 30 years Adie Monk join our “Hard As Nails” team. I thought we’d sit and catch up over a coffee….I didn’t have this in mind, lol!

Thanks John Atherton for taking another great photo. I can’t thank you and Sarah Atherton enough for giving us all these memories to cherish! 😀   

After jogging a little, we came to this…….

“At over 2 stories high, this is one of the most impressive obstacles in the UK. It is a giant A-shaped cargo net that you and your team will have to scramble up and over it. Working together will be the only way to overcome”.

Adie, me & Vini on the scramble net
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This is where my new trainers just hooked perfectly around the rope and it felt completely solid. Also my blindness helped me out for once as i couldn’t see how high i was, and didn’t freeze like a couple of people i heard up there!

 Then….When getting to the bottom i hear “Yay, Whoop Whoop, Steve, Steve, Steve” and the sound of the plastic clapper hands were going crazy! What a feeling to know my lovely Wife Sarah and the Crazy Clappers team were cheering me all of the way, a great feeling! 😎  

Me, Vini & Ashley cheering

 ⇧ Me, Vini & Ashley biggin’ up the cheering team ⇧ 

More jogging….Adie and the team were excellent at guiding me when jogging. Moving low hanging branches, telling me of tree roots and pulling me in the right direction. Adie said “I tried running with my eyes closed for a few steps…And there is no way i’d try any of this if i couldn’t see”.

Then…..

“We’ve taken the 10′ Hero Walls and tilted them right at you. By removing the ability for you to climb up and over this wall, you will have to form a strategy with your team, work together and boost each other to the other side”.

Vini on top of the wall and me trying get my leg up to get grip for my pull up!

 ⇧ Ouch, my leg hasn’t bent that far in about 20 years, lol! ⇧ 

More Jogging…..

This obstacle will have you crawling on the ground, pinned down by a giant cargo net. Working your way through this one will require lots of communication, teamwork and a strong will. 

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You’ve guessed it…..More jogging and then….

“The aim of the game is to get your team up and over this stack of super-sized hay bales. There is no right or wrong way so boost, shove or yank every last team member over the other side. 

Ashley helping Josie

⇧ Ashley helping Josie in a display of team work ⇧  

 Next…….

“Can’t go through it, can’t go round it, you’ll have to go over it. Work together to boost and shimmy your teammates up and over this 10′ Tough Mudder staple.

Ashley at the top of the wall
Josie on the top of the wall with all of us cheering at the bottom
Vini helping Josie at the top of the wall

 Yep, more jogging…..

“Time to get swinging. Grab on, hold tight, feel the momentum and swing yourself from ring to ring like a regular Tarzan. This obstacle will test your strength, coordination and flow. Hang in there, you got this.

Really didn’t do well on this one…And i can’t really blame my sight for lack of strength, lol!

Me on the rings

 After a little more jogging……

“One of the most teamwork-inducing obstacles in the Tough Mudder portfolio, this obstacle is difficult to complete alone. You’re going to have to work together to form a human pyramid and, like its namesake, climb up and over your fellow Mudders on the way to the top.

As Vini was making everything look so easy…..It was great to look at the photos afterwards and see it wasn’t all too easy!! 💪🏼  

Vini & Ashley pulling Josie up the pyramid scheme
Vini, Ashley & me pulling Josie up the pyramid scheme
Pyramid scheme 1
Pyramid scheme 2
Pyramid scheme 3

 AND NOW……MY NEMESIS!!!!

“A true Tough Mudder legend. Everest will challenge participants to run up a quarter pipe to reach the summit. Can’t do it alone? Not to worry – teammates are encouraged to hang over the top to pull their new friends up and over.

 I knew this was going to be more difficult for me as i needed to try it and get hands on before i could calculate what exactly i needed to do. Adie & Ashley explained the process….But i knew i just had to do it before i would really know….As running at a half pipe wall thingy when blind is going to be interesting!

Here Goes Nothing…..

Me running at Everest
Me and Everest

I took 1 step too many….and before i knew it the wall was in my face! Ooooo i was so close to reaching the ledge.  

Me crashing into Everest

After hitting the wall i dropped down on both knees, and as the obstacle was made of hardish tyre rubber, it simply burned and ripped the skin off both knees….Wow that stings, lol. Time to regroup and recalculate! 

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“Ok Steve, just do the same but with 1 step less”. Here i go again!

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Yay….That’s better…..And once i had my talon trainers gripped to the ledge, i could just heave myself up. Wow i made it! 💪🏼 

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18JA3400⇧ Ashley showing how it should be done! ⇧😎  

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 The team were fantastic and we all made it up. No-one was being left behind and you could just feel the team growing closer with each obstacle, it was amazing. 

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 Now the final obstacle was overcome, it was time for a short jog to the finish line,Yay! 

The Finish Line & The Headbands…… 

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 WE DID IT…… 

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⇧ When words fail to say how thankful you are!!! ⇧ 

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⇧ Me, Adie & the headbands ⇧ 

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⇧ Adie, Vini & Me for a final photo ⇧ 

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WOW WHAT A JOURNEY……

I can’t thank everyone enough…. 

With more than a week past….My knees are still scabbed and bruised…..But i’d like to give an Elephantine amount of thanks for everyone involved! 💪🏼 

First, I’d like to give a stupendous amount of thanks to my lovely Wife Sarah….The amount of love and encouragement was/is mind-blowing!  And the “Hard As Nails” team…..”“my muscles were fading but the sense of team work was overwhelming and no matter what…..We were getting over those obstacles”.💪🏼 

Second, i’d like to give a monumental amount of thanks to the “Crazy Clappers” team. “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! 😎 

Third, i’d like to give a gargantuan amount of thanks to all of you guys for your donations to “World Cancer Research Fund” and encouraging   me(& the team) every step of the way! “Intention isn’t Prevention……And you all have helped me spread the good  news with everyone so we can all be aware and empowered to start fighting the cancers we can prevent.” 

Fourth, A colossal amount of thanks to John & Sarah Atherton(from the Epsom Camera Club) for giving up your Saturday and taking the amazing photos of us all….We’ve got fantastic memories of the day!

Wow…i hope you enjoyed reading and it’s inspired you in some way too?!

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals? 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! 💪🏼

Motivational Monday: Excuses?!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 4 – Day 1 – 6 Miles…

Hey there…Yep i’m still walking, lol! 🤣

Hi all. Wow ‘Motivational Monday’ has come around quickly once again, and i think i’ve spent the weekend thinking up every excuse possible so i don’t have to go for my walk today, lol. It really is true when they say the hardest step is getting to (and out) of the front door! After my lovely wife Sarah had demolished every excuse i could think up…I slowly dragged myself outside.

I think i need to read (and listen to) some of my older ‘Motivational Monday’ posts…I need some motivation this morning!! 💪🏼 It’s week 4 of 12 of my trail marathon training…That’s already a third of the way through! 😨

The sun was unbelievably bright this morning and my cap didn’t make things any better, so it was time to put my audiobook on and have a slow paced day! I managed 2 laps (6 miles) but it really took it out of me as always when the sun is that bright…It just blows my brains and zaps my energy…Even a chocolate hob nob could do little to save me today!! 🤣

Perfect Week – All Activity Rings Closed…

Looking at the fitness app this morning i received some of the motivation i needed…I’d earned a perfect week by closing all activity rings every day for last week…I like being awarded these badges as it’s just a nice small reminder that i’m doing well and to keep pushing towards my goals! ! 🤣

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals? 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! 💪🏼

Sort It Sunday: Meal Prep! 😋

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 6&7 – Total: 36 Miles This Week…

The Brobdingnagian VEGETABLES…

These really are carrots…And not a pile of tree logs, lol! 🤣

Hi all. As part of my 2 day rest from endless walking Monday to Friday, Sarah & i like to go shopping at our local market on Saturday to get some FAT vegetables as we both like really chunky veg. My lovely wife Sarah peels and chops them into monstrous sizes and then cooks them ready for the week. Sarah wanted to get Brussels Sprout stalks this week as they seem to last longer and are much bigger sprouts…As you may or may not notice in the image below…They are like tennis balls and tasted amazing, i’m looking forward to chomping on the rest this week, lol! 🤣

I also took a photo of the carrots Sarah was preparing too, as they looked like the tree logs i was climbing during my tough mudder training…You’d think with all of these enormous carrots that i’d be able to see much better, lol! 🤣

These sprouts were huge like tennis balls! 🤣

It was also ‘Steak Sunday’ but we didn’t go to the local butchers this time and bought an M&S sirloin instead. Sarah cut off the fat from the steak first (we both hate it) and i weighed it just for fun…It was just over 100grams…That’s just over 900 CALORIES!! 😨 I could’ve had nearly 10 chocolate hob nobs for that, lol! 🤣

After our 9oz steak each last Sunday we settled for 6oz today after Sarah hacked off the nasty fat…But as always Sarah does something magic to it and it’s so tender and soft with oodles of taste! 😋

I’m really happy about this week’s (week 3 of 12) training as i managed 36 training miles which is 1 more than last week…Progressing a little more each week, yay! 💪🏼

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals? 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! 💪🏼

Fallout Friday: 6 Miles Of Wet Muddy Wasteland 😨

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 5 – 6 Miles…Total: 36 Miles This Week…

Hi all. Now that was a freezing, soaking and horrific 6 miles today! The weather app only gave out light showers this morning, so i really wasn’t prepared for the absolute drenching that battered me 10 minutes into my walk. At this point there was no time to turn back as i was already soaked…So i put on my 4mph pace playlist and charged around 2 laps for 6 miles!

It wasn’t all negative though as it was like the wasteland from the video game Fallout 4. There were no dog walkers blocking my path, cyclists flying past…Actually there were no other people out at a all which was amazing for me. Once i’d left the thought of it being a radiation rain storm (Fallout 4) behind i realised there was no glare from the sun as it was all grey, no people on my trail and the track was slightly shining from all of the rain making it light up…It was perfect conditions for my sight loss. It felt really good splashing around the trail on my own with my music on and not worrying about all of the moving targets (human obstacles). 🤣

Muddy Wet Trail…

Wet and muddy trail today

I only managed to take 1 photo today, i didn’t want to stand still for too long as i’d be swept away, lol! 🤣

I’m really happy about this week’s (week 3 of 12) training as i managed 36 training miles which is 1 more than last week…Progressing a little more each week, yay! 💪🏼 Now it’s time for the weekend to rest and recover…By eating…Protein of course to heal my micro tears, lol! 🤣

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals? 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! 💪🏼

Footslog Thursday: Awww This Is Tough! 😰

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 4 – 6 Miles…

Hi all. Since when has the phrase “I’m only doing 2 laps (6 miles) today’ ever been a standard by me in this house, or even been uttered, lol 🤣 I need to stop, get back in bed and go to sleep instead!

Wow that was hard…

I felt like i was in the movie ‘The Wrong Trousers – Wallace & Gromit’ this morning, as no matter what my instructions were to my legs…They just kept plodding on and ignoring my command to stop…My mind was writing cheques my body wouldn’t cash. When i did eventually squeek to a halt i managed to take this photo of the stew pond…

The smaller stew pond on my trail

It took me a minute to get going again as my lower legs felt like heavy blocks…Well they felt like a couple of blocks of lamb donor meat cooking on a vertical rotisserie…Hot and dripping with fat, lol! 🤣

I blame my personal best walk yesterday for all of this rebellion from my legs. It’s a strange sensation to be so happy that i’d done nearly 16 miles yesterday but also i have these legs that are not behaving. The good news is that i only have another 6 miles tomorrow and then 2 days off to recover, yay! 👏🏻

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals? 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! 💪🏼

Walking Record Wednesday: Fantastic But Fatiguing! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 3 – 15.85 Miles…

Hi all. I can’t tell you how happy i am to have made it around 6 laps (15.85 miles) today. This is a life long personal record for non stop walking for me…Yet i’m so glad it’s over, lol! 🤣

Beta Blockers & Bendroflumethiazide…

I was a little worried about today’s attempt as not only do i have to fight ‘Beta Blocker’ medication but also ‘Bendroflumethiazide’ too. This is a diuretic which makes you want to pee to help lower blood pressure…But doesn’t help when you want to go for a long walk through the woods, lol! 🤣 Sorry to talk about this but i still can’t believe i made it for 15.85 miles for 4 hours 13 minutes non stop without needing to pee…Another victory for me and is just one more obstacle on this epic challenge! 💪🏼

All of this made for a lot of calculations and i was pleased that it all went to plan…Starting with my lovely wife Sarah making me a fantastic espresso (not much liquid) pre walk with a couple of dry slices of 7 seed wholemeal toast (Elwood Blues style). I also carried some water, lucozade sport and my rocket fuel known as chocolate hob nobs!

My walk was really tough, the sun was unbelievably bright and yet i still managed to drag myself around with crazy determination…And 7 chocolate hob nobs, yay!! 🤣

When i arrived home my lovely wife Sarah had made me a much bigger coffee, a cheese salad sandwich and gave me a massive hug which is exactly what i needed…Once i’d sat down, lol! 🤣

Also i was crowned with the ‘New Workout Record’ and ‘New Exercise Record’ award badges for almost killing myself today, i’d been after these for ages and i’m so pleased i got them…Fantastic!

Walking Workout Record…

New Exercise Record…

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals too? 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! 💪🏼

Turbo Tuesday: Speed Walking! 💪🏼

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 2 – 6 Miles…

Hi all. I decided to do today’s 6 miles at a faster pace of 4 miles per hour, this is apparently ‘Speed Walking’ but only just, lol. 🤣 It certainly felt like it to me, as being blind this feels like warp speed…I’m just glad i didn’t hit anything!

Walking at this pace helps improve fitness, endurance and strengthens legs and abdominal muscles…Who doesn’t need that, lol! 🤣

When i arrived home i heard an extra bing from my apple watch to say i’d won yet another award. Although it wasn’t much of a challenge this time, as i only had to complete a 20 minute walk and had 2 weeks to do it (my walk today was a 90 minute one)…But it still feels good to get another award for all of my efforts and muscle soreness! 🤣

Lunar New Year Challenge…

Hope you’ve started this new month smashing your health and fitness goals too? 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! 💪🏼

Motivational Monday: Wards & Awards!

Blindman Trail Marathon Training – Week 3 – Day 1…

Hi all, After spending all morning and most of the afternoon with Sarah up in London at the diabetic eye hospital…Just checking up on the not so good laser treatment they did in December (don’t get me started), there isn’t enough hours of daylight for me to get some mileage done today…But i do have a 6 mile walk tomorrow, Thurs & Friday…And a personal best 15 miles on Wednesday if i can manage it which should help put the miles back up this week. 🤣

But as today is ‘Motivational Monday’ i’d better give a little something to help motivate you, lol…So here are my January stats and a couple of badges/awards my fitness app sounded to tell me i’d achieved them over the weekend!! 🎉Do you have a fitness tracker etc to help you? I’d love to know if you do and what you do to stay motivated and keep smashing your goals??!!

January’s Stats…

Perfect Month – January…

Perfect Week (All Activity)…

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Stupendous Steak Sunday: Sarah’s Special Steak! 😋

2 9oz sirloin steaks getting ready!

Hi all. After walking to the local butchers yesterday and getting 2 9oz sirloin steaks, my lovely wife Sarah prepared them and did her secret, special and tasty steak lunch with potatoes, 7 vegetables and her super secret mushroom sauce! Sorry i can’t get her to release any information on her secret recipes, lol! 🤣

I don’t have the hyperbole to tell you how tasty this meal was…And how jam packed full of protein it was. Protein is essential for keeping our hair, nails, skin, bones, cartilage and blood in good shape. It’s an important building block for increasing muscle mass and repairing tissues, and is also needed to create hormones, enzymes and other chemicals within the human body. It also has lots of iron and other micro nutrients too…Perfect! 💪🏼

A huge thanks to my lovely wife Sarah for this amazing meal!

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

🙌Ring In The New Year Challenge Badge!

Hi readers! I had resigned myself to not earning this badge this month but then…I smashed it right at the end of January, lol! 💪🏼 😀

Flapjack Friday: Barriers & Chocolate Flapjacks! 😋

Week 2 – Day 5 – Trail Marathon Training…

Hi all, after yesterday’s trail closure setback i was a little hesitant to venture out this morning…Well as i held a hot fresh coffee (made by my lovely wife Sarah), it was 1˚C and i didn’t know if the trail would be open again, these were just some of the reasons i didn’t want to go out again this morning, lol! 🤣

When i did finally drag my lazy self out onto the trail…Yes you’ve guessed it…The dreaded barrier was still there!! 😨

I turned around again thinking i could do the trail backwards until i reach the other side of this barrier, then turn around and come back to get my mileage up for the day. Well i thought it sounded like a good idea until…The sun came out really bright with a nasty glare and i simply couldn’t stay on the path, as i didn’t know the route as well going this way round…My auto pilot couldn’t kick in as it only knows the other way now.

I texted Sarah (she’s so caring she likes to stay up to date with my progress to see if i’m ok) to say i was coming home again like yesterday as i walked home crestfallen. As i stepped inside Sarah gave me a big hug as she knew how dejected i’d feel and said “Would you like to go to the bakers at lunchtime and get some chocolate flapjacks as you have none left?”. Wow how amazing is my wife! ❤️

The Flapjack…

Image taken from Cracks Bakery on Ubereats

It takes just over 2 miles to walk to the bakery and back so this would help my walking for the day…And wow it’s so worth it for their fantastic flapjacks! I can’t tell you just how nice these square delicious delights are…I use them to fuel my walking (along with chocolate hob nobs) and wow what a motivator it is when walking through woods eating and burning off at the same time this stupendous treat…I’m really starting to like all of this walking now, lol! 🤣

Awww i’m getting hungry whilst writing about this!!

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Thwarted Thursday: Trail Blocked!

Week 2 – Day 4 – Trail Marathon Training…

Hi all. After yesterday’s 13.5 miles my legs were still a little sore, so i wanted to just do a normal 6 miles today but at a really slow stroll to take care of my legs microtears. I was keeping a really slow pace (it’s really hard not to speed up) and i was walking around the first quarter of my route when…

I bumped straight into the road block (well path, lol) as i don’t notice anything is different until my nose is on it…But when i do i can stop very quickly…Thankfully, lol. I stopped for a moment and thought how i could get past it without damaging anything, then when i was satisfied that i just had to turn back and go home, i did just that…And then…

How on earth did this barrier get here i thought as i stopped once again. I’d only just walked past this way and it was completely clear…And now i’m trapped between both barriers like an animal caught in a trap! I then realised i had to try and get around this one or i’d be stuck here forever…So after feeling around the barrier i managed to climb through (somewhat clumsily) and then resigned myself for a short walk today. My escapade did add up to nearly 2 miles, and now i’ll just top up my protein and take care of my legs until tomorrow…I just hope this barrier won’t be there!! ❤️

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Wow Wednesday: 13.5 Miles! 🎉

Week 2 – Day 3 – Trail Marathon Training…

Hi all. Wow that was hard…But i managed 5laps non stop in 3 hours 45minutes…That’s 13.5 miles which is just over a half marathon!! Yay i’m happy…Well now it’s over anyway, lol! 🤣

I bought a SIS (science in sport) energy gel for the first time last Saturday to try on my walks, it was orange flavour and was very tasty…It tasted like a orange lucozade but with a viscosity of thick custard…MMMM perfect for me as i love custard! I also had my fave – chocolate hob nobs with me too as they are simply delicious and work really well for me. I love all of this walking as i can eat and burn off my fave biscuits, cake and gels as i’m going round the laps…Win win, lol! 🤣

When i eventually arrived home i was greeted with another fresh coffee and also a cheese and salad sandwich by my lovely wife Sarah…Wow how amazing is she?! ❤️

Well 5 laps (13.5 miles) is the longest walk i need to do in January, then it’s going to be 6 laps in February! 😰

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Tough Tuesday: 6 hard miles

Week 2 – Day 2 – Trail Marathon Training…

Hi all. I don’t know if it was my beta blockers crushing my adrenal glands to the point of feeling comatose…Or the -1˚C freezing tempurature that was making me feel like staying in bed…Or am i just making excuses for not wanting to do another 6 miles today!

I did eventually ‘man up’ and drag myself out there, and once i did i started to feel better…Well after a few miles anyway once i’d warmed up, lol!

I finished my 6 miles in 1hour 34mins and was totally ready for my lovely warm fresh coffee made by my lovely wife Sarah. 💪🏼 😀

As it’s WEEK 2, DAY 2 of my 12 week trail marathon training plan, i’ll be increasing tomorrows walk to 14 miles from 12 miles last wee! I hope i feel much more lively tomorrow morning…I’m really not looking forwards to 5 laps in in the freezing cold!

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Motivational Monday: 6 Miles And A Donation!! 🎉

Nice quiet and cloudy trail today

Hi all. Yay it’s a blistering 1˚C this morning, that’s almost tropical temperatures, lol! 🤣 It was also cloudy which is perfect conditions for me as there is no blinding (pun intended) sun to slow me right down…And it didn’t. I did the 6 miles and was 10 minutes faster getting home to my lovely coffee freshly made by my stupendous wife Sarah!

It was eerily quiet on the trail this morning so not too many people to crash into! I hope it doesn’t mean all of the “New Year Resolutioners” have quit already?! Don’t get me started on how health and fitness is for life…Not something you start and stop Yoyo etc…Sorry rant over, lol! 🤣

And Then…A Donation…!

I was about 5.5 miles into my walk when the happy muppets theme tune started playing over my audiobook. I thought “No way it can’t be a donation” as i grabbed my phone as the voiceover reader told me it was a donation!! That’s 15 amazingly kind supporters who’ve helped me to get nearly half way to my target of £1,000…That’s just simply mind blowing for me…And it gave me such a lift and a bounce in my step as i rushed home to tell Sarah! 💪🏼 😀

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Deep Freeze Friday: 6 Miles (35 Training Miles this week)! 💪🏼

Stew pond on my trail marathon route.

Hi all. i really didn’t want to let go o my lovely warm coffee this morning after checking the weather app…It said it was -2˚C but feels like -5˚C! 😨 I dragged myself towards the front door wearing my puffer jacket and bobble hat…My ears were not going to freeze off today, lol! 🤣 I managed the 6 freezing miles today which made a total of 35 training miles this week which was my goal of this 3 month marathon training plan!!! 🙌

More uphill on my trail marathon route!

I was out for around 1h 40mins and averaged 3.5 mph. This pace is good for me and also enables me to take a few photos on route, so you can hopefully enjoy some of this beautiful scenery too! 😲 😀

More bends on my trail marathon route.

Oh i forgot to say…When i arrived home i found that i’d reached my exercise goal for the January badge award on my apple watch….This was a lovely end of my walking week and i’ll totally enjoy my rest and recovery for the next 2 days, before i do it all again next week! 💪🏼 😀

January Challenge Badge…

Wow…I smashed my January challenge goal!

Hope you’ve had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals too?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 💪🏼

Freezing Thursday: Yay 11 Ice Cold Miles! 💪🏼

The stew pond in the freezing frost on my trail marathon route!

Hi all. After checking the weather app yesterday it said there was a cold snap moving in until Sunday…It wasn’t joking, lol! 🤣 My lovely wife Sarah had made me another one of her fresh coffees and a slice of wholemeal toast with Grenade chocolate spread to fuel me on my journey…Mmmmmm! 😋 I knew i had 11 miles (4 laps of my trail marathon route) to complete today and i really didn’t want to go out…But i did and i nailed it and feel much better now i’ve done it! 💪🏼 😀

I was out for a little over 3 hours and didn’t have any dramas this time, only the amazingly bright sun again which melted my brains (drained so much of my mental strength just trying to figure out where i was going). Looking forwards to tomorrow as i only have to do 6 miles again! 💪🏼 😀

Hope you have had a great time so far this January, and you’re smashing your health and fitness goals?! 💪🏼 😀

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! 🤣

Tune Up Tuesday: 6 Freezing Miles! 💪🏼

Today’s Trail Marathon Photo! 😀

Hi all. Wow it’s 0˚C again this morning and i really wished i’d done a summer trail marathon, lol…But where is the challenge in that! 🤣After a tasty slice of wholemeal toast with Grenade chocolate spread on top and a fantastic warm coffee…I managed to do another 6 miles again today, yay! I won’t be laughing for long though as i’ve got a 12 mile one to do tomorrow! 😨

Hope you have had a great time so far this year and you are either starting to set goals? Or you’re already smashing them?! 💪🏼 😀

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

Motivational Monday: Thawing Out! ☕


Hi all. “Awww that’s better” i say whilst drinking a soothing hot fresh coffee made by my lovely wife Sarah. Even though it was -1˚C, white and frosty ground which was also slippy and blazingly bright sunshine burning my eyes…I still somehow managed to drag myself out of the front door and do my 6 miles today! 💪🏼 😀

I have 2 hats to choose from when i go out – A baseball cap with a nice long peak to stop the incredible sun, or a beanie hat that keeps my ears and head warm. I chose the baseball cap today as i needed to stop some of that intense glare…But my ears got frozen off! 😨 Which one would you have chosen? 🤔

Reading the messages you guys have written on my fundraising page always inspires and motivates me…And having to write one of these blog posts each time i go out keeps me accountable too, lol! 🤣 So a huge thank you to you guys! 💪🏼 😀

Hope you have had a great time so far this year and you are either starting to set goals? Or you’re already smashing them?! 💪🏼 😀

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

That Popping Sound?! 😨

Muddy section of the trail marathon lap

Hi all. I hope the photo above (taken this morning) shows just how muddy this tiny section of my trail marathon lap really was?! As i was slopping through the mud i heard that loud popping sound, whilst at the same time feeling my shoe being ripped off from some monster underneath the mud!! 😨 Thankfully i was wearing my INOV8 X-Talen 190 trail shoes (Sarah bought them 4 years ago for the Tough Mudder) which fit like a glove and didn’t get ripped off…Phew! Otherwise it would have been a very sloppy, freezing and different outcome to my walk today. Just thought i’d share this with you guys…There’s always drama when this blindman decides to go out walking, lol! 🤣

Hope you’re having a great time so far this year and you are either starting to set goals? Or you’re already smashing them?! Please just keep going even when you really don’t want too! 💪🏼 😀

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

My bright trail shoes!

Freezing Fog & A Hard Slog! 💪🏼

Taken a couple of months ago and not this morning as was too foggy and freezing!

Hi all. Wow that was a hard 6 mile walk! 😨 It was 0˚C, really foggy and i simply didn’t want to go out this morning…Not the best attitude to start the new year, lol! 🤣 Once i was out though, it was business as usual and i was totally fine! Just goes to show it doesn’t pay to be mardy…And i even enjoyed it once i was out in the fresh air and moving! So pleased to have done another daily 6 miles, and also pleased i’m back and having a lovely warm coffee too! ☕ 😀

Hope you’re having a great time so far this year and you are either starting to set goals? Or you’re already smashing them?! Please just keep going even when you really don’t want too…Like me this morning! 💪🏼 😀

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

Motivational Monday: Time To Get Serious! 💪🏼


Hi all. Now the feasting time is over (wow that was a lot of carb loading, lol) it’s time to start getting serious! I have only 14 weeks until my trail marathon so i need to snap into serious training mode! I’ve lowered my calorie intake back down to a healthy deficit and just got back from a 6 mile walk which i plan to do daily to try and get my body used to being on my feet in preparation for the trail marathon.

Hope you have had a great time so far this year and you are either starting to set goals? Or you’re already smashing them?! 💪🏼 😀

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

🙌 Happy fitblitz 2022! 💪🏼 😀

🙏 Brobdingnagian 2022! 😀

🙌 YAY…A BROBDINGNAGIAN NEW YEAR TO YOU!! We pray you have a monumental, inconceivable and definitely memorable time smashing your health and fitness goals in 2022…Love Steve & Sarah! ❤️💪🏼🍾🥂🎉😀☀️

🙌 Hello! 😀

Still Walking, lol! 💪🏼 😀

Hi all! Just wanted to say a quick hello and hope you’re all smashing your health and fitness goals?! 💪🏼😀

Oh and it’s nearly Christmas so i hope you won’t forget to do some carb loading…To help towards fuelling your extra long walks…Obviously!! 💪🏼 🤣 🎄

🙌 October Challenge Badge!

Hi readers! After a slow start to the month i didn’t think i’d achieve this badge…But i smashed it right at the end, lol! 💪🏼 😀

‘Steve’s Blindman Trail Marathon’ in memory of my mum Valerie ❤️

Hi all, this is the official release for my fundraising towards my brobdingnagian challenge…It’s exactly 7 calendar months until my trail marathon! 💪🏼 

‘Steve’s Blindman Trail Marathon’ in memory of my mum Valerie ❤️

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 stop MS. 💪🏼

I know I’ll be stretching myself past my limits for this challenge and so your encouragement and support would really help me to keep my training on track. Any donation you can spare would build my morale and endurance so I can smash this and reach my £1,000 goal to make my mum proud.

Together we can be a force for change and BEAT MS

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Steve’s Blindman Trail Marathon
Fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis SocietyIn Memory of my mum Valerie

Story…

Hi, I’ve chosen to raise funds for MS Society and I’d love everyone who kindly decides to support me and this amazing charity, to take a moment to remember my lovely Mum Valerie!

She spent so much of her too short life giving to me and my siblings before MS took her independence and eventually her life. This is why I’ve decided to give something positive back. I want her name and face to join the fight so that she can live on through the tireless work the MS Society is doing to find treatments that will stop MS for good. 💪🏼

My beautiful mum passed away from progressive MS, after a courageous and tiring 14 year battle, in July 2000.

As you may know I’ve been registered blind since I was 25. My sight loss happened in the same month my mum finally lost her life and missing her added misery to my own struggle to come to terms with the isolation and insecurities of managing my new life as a blind man.

And so…….

My Challenge…Sunday 24th April 2022

I originally planned to take part in an MS officially organised event but quickly realised that with my sight loss walking an unknown route amongst so many people would create too much external stimuli on my senses and be too confusing for me to manage without serious injury.

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do the challenge at all but I’ve finally found a safe(ish) trail about 2.5 miles long, in the woods and past a lake near my home. I am hoping this will work well as my walking route, (I’ve now learned it enough to be able to follow it without guided help). I think this trail will work really well for me to do my trail marathon challenge … if I can manage to make my way safely around this uneven, hilly, rough terrain about 11 times! 😰

I’ve begun to realise, as I write about this challenge during the start of my training, that I’ve only managed 2 laps each time so far, after which I collapse, needing water and food, lol! I have no idea how I’m going to continue for 11 laps non-stop but I’ve got seven more months to build up my strength and endurance… I hope. 🙏

It’s slowly dawning on me that this challenge is going to include around 8 hours non-stop blind walking… Ouch that’s going to hurt and take a lot of concentration, mental effort, strength, energy and discipline. And so before I get time to change my mind, I’ve decided to create a JustGiving fundraising page and I’ve notified the MS Society…so no backing out now 🤣.

Please help me complete what feels like an impossible challenge in memory of my wonderful mum… because Together we are strong enough to beat MS. 💪🏼

You can follow my training over the next 7 months on my Fitblitz blog and I will use my apple watch to count the steps, miles and elevation etc of the challenge, uploading the screenshots to let you know of my adventures and celebrate with me if I finish, lol! 🙌  

About Multiple Sclerosis Society

Over 130,000 of us in the UK have MS. It’s unpredictable and different for everyone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’re the MS Society. We understand what life’s like with MS. We’re here for you through the highs, lows and everything in between. Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Click HERE for my JustGiving page.

QR Code for my JustGiving page: 

Please click of hold your camera at this QR code for my Blindman Trail Marathon JustGiving page

😋 Sarah’s stupendous post-walk nutritional lunch

Sarah’s stupendous post-walk nutritional lunch… 

Pizza

I’d like to introduce you to the best pizza i’ve ever had, and i’ve had thousands over the years! This is our protein pizza which we prepare on Sunday evening (we make 1 each), cut into 6 pieces and have a slice each day. We both make our own so we can have our fave toppings (Sarah often puts olives on hers) and i hate olives, lol! 😀 We make the base from turkey mince so it has no carbs but lots of protein which is great for Sarah as she’s a T1 diabetic, then i can have my fave carb source food which is dry 7 seed wholemeal toast (like Elwood Blues) and Sarah doesn’t have to worry about carb counting or her blood sugar shooting up! 💪🏼 😀 

As a post walk meal my lovely wife Sarah prepares me with a warm slice of protein pizza (less than 200 calories a slice 😲) my new fave carrot kebab (i used to love donor kebabs but after dumping the junk and eating healthily this is my new fave) it’s a huge iceberg lettuce leaf rammed full of grated carrot and topped with cottage cheese…Mmmm, and of course a salad containing tomatoes, cucumber, apple, spring onion and beetroot…And of course my fave dry seeded wholemeal toast! 💪🏼 😀

I always consider what i’m eating after my long walk so my post-walk recovery meals always consist of carbohydrates and plenty of protein. As your body is designed to extract much-needed nutrients from your food quickly and efficiently after a long walk, protein is important post-walk because it’s necessary for building and repairing muscles. Ultra long walks can cause micro-tears in muscle tissue which must be repaired, hence the need for protein! Plus when you’re as old as me it’s a great way to fight off sarcopenia, lol! 💪🏼 🤣 

Wow how amazing is my wife?!! ❤️ 

These meals are really going to help me on my MS Society Trail Marathon! 💪🏼 😀 

😨 Blindman 2 Marathons in 1 day??!!

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Hi all…I need your help, experience and opinions!

After the “Ultra Step Challenge” last December (2021) i said “i’m not doing a challenge that i’ve made up next time…I’m going to do an organised event by the charity”. Well that didn’t last long, as here i am again thinking of my latest challenge!! I thought i’d put it to you guys first before i started a fundraising page and jumped in feet first, lol! 🤣  

My latest idea…😲 

As you may know my lovely wife Sarah is working for MS Society, so i thought i’d do another challenge to help fundraise. My mum died of MS the same month i was registered blind in July 2000. So of course this charity is close to my heart…So here is my idea.

I thought i’d try and walk 2 marathons in 1 day?? (please give me your thoughts on this) 🤣  In my last ultra step challenge it took me over 4 days to walk the distance of 2 marathons…So i thought it’d be a great idea to try and walk 2 marathons in 1 day! 😨 Or should i start with 1 marathon first? 🤔 

Can this bonkers blindman do this, lol? I wanted to walk on an athletics track as the stress of walking around my local woods would be way too much external stimuli for me and that amount of distance. But it’s harder than you think to get a track for 24 hours. Any ideas? Do you think this is a good challenge? Have you had any experience of anything similar? 🤔 

I’m thinking of doing this 24 hour challenge in March or May 2022, as i’ll (or you) come up with a funky title for my MS March or May ideas…Also it’ll give me some time for lots and lots of walking before i start.

#3 What’s Happening To Me? – “Size XXL to a Medium” 😲

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Hi all!

Yay…My early 14th wedding anniversary (post coming on Wednesday) present from my lovely wife Sarah!! I’ve been wearing it for every game so far and it seems to be working lol! 🤣 

 

Size XXL to a Medium… 

 

Since losing 5 stone over this last year, i’ve also gone 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! 😀

#2 What’s Happening To Me? – “Sunbathing”🤔

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Hi all.

My lovely wife Sarah has always LOVED sunbathing…And i HAVEN’T, lol! If you’ve ever followed us “The Blind Sightseers” on our travels, you’ll know that Sarah is always in the sun and i’m somewhere melting into a puddle of goo! 🤣

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 but stay as close to Sarah as i could. Just sitting outside a coffee shop or in our 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 5 stone (70 pounds) i 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 as i’ve never been sun burnt as it used to hurt me to be in it! 😲 

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!! ☀️ 💪🏼 😀