If walking were an Olympic sport I would be right at the top of my game.
Just as Mo Farrah probably wears out countless pairs of running shoes, I get through wellies and walking boots at a rate of knots.
I tramp over hill and dale, along canals, down country lanes, through fields which are rough under foot and difficult to move easily over. I walk in streams, over troll bridges and through thick mud which tries to suck you back into it’s sludgy arms.
I’ve started running lately, something I’m pretty rubbish at but I’m trying my best to get better at it. I’m trying to enjoy it as every week I wheeze a little less, my achilles hurt a little less, my mindset stops repeating the mantra ‘I hate this, I hate this, I hate this’.
But it will never replace walking for me. Being able to take all of my surroundings in while at peace, enjoying living in a beautiful part of England, and feeling like I’ve just experienced the most intensive therapy session as I head home with a smile on my face.
And doing all of that with friends? Even better.
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