Today, the second blog from Anglian Home Improvement’s employee Mhairi Macmillan, one of the 13 participating in the Anglian 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon in just 24 hours! Mhairi and 12 others are doing this amazing challenge to raise money for Brain Tumour UK, a charity that helps thousands of people each year. In this part of Mhairi’s blog she discusses her shopping trip for all the hi-tech equipment and how quickly the challenge date is coming round.
“Yes, shopping; objective = To find durable and comfortable walking shoes with a stylish edge… (This is not the shopping I had in mind)
Purchases for the trip so far have included a pair of walking boots which are so hi-tech that they don’t even require laces, and instead are fastened with a drawstring mechanism; I’m just hoping this won’t break on the walk itself or I could be in trouble (I’ll pack the traditional laces just in case- I will be prepared for every eventuality). I have also invested in some heavy duty walking socks- both have been trialled and to date they both may actually be the comfiest footwear items that I have ever had the pleasure of wearing, but I have not at this time walked the 25 miles in 24 hours in them. So, maybe the true testament of how comfy they are, will be after the walk itself- ask me again then (hopefully I won’t be plagued with painful blisters and blackened toes, that will render my latter statement above as untrue). I am hoping that they remain as comfortable as they have been during my July training…fingers and toes crossed.
Progress on the fitness front… (Current fitness status: help!)
I can’t say particularly that I feel much fitter than I did at the beginning of the training, but the aches and pains that I experienced in the first few weeks of walking have ceased. However, I do seem to have acquired some new ‘twangs’ in my back and a sore knee, but I think these are all just common issues associated with walking distances and I am sure that I can brave through them.
I don’t think that without actually doing the walk you can truly prepare for what it is we are all about to do, so I am intending to try and go and walk Scafell Pike before the challenge itself takes us to this peak. I just want to get a feel for it, but I am dubious that having a trial walk may put me off completely…not that it will take much.
Currently I just really want to focus on building up my cardio vascular capacity and the muscle strength in my legs (squats a plenty are required). As an aside, I am also hoping that I can tone up a little bit, as I am a bridesmaid for my mums wedding this month (a week before the challenge), and I would quite like to look a tiny bit lean in the dress- I think I can keep dreaming though.
How can it be August already?
August has been and gone and I am feeling a little bit disappointed in myself as I write this today. I was doing quite well but it is a Wednesday today and I haven’t really done anything since Sunday, I therefore really need to get back into it tonight!”
Training obviously not going so well for Mhairi recently, but will she be fit enough to complete this mammoth of a challenge? To help spur her up the mountains you could donate to the Anglian 3 Peaks Challenge JustGiving page by clicking here and following the instructions. If you would prefer you can now text to donate – simply text TPKS66 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate.