Today I’ve been revisiting the scene of a previous blog – and have been back in Malvern. This time instead of going solo I’ve been twalking with a friend – and showing her around a nice part of the world as she has done with me in many other locations.
Typically when we twalk my companion is in the driving seat when it comes to the map handling and where we’re going – but since the last time I came here was only back in March (here) retracing my steps from A to B has been relatively easy.
Truthfully – this was a massive bonus because the spectacular views from the last time (which I’d raved to her about) were today replaced by made more familiar British weather…
As you can imagine today my descriptive powers were stretched to their linguistic limits as I searched for ways to explain just how majestic the (completely invisible) vistas were as we climbed over the same beautiful (but mostly obscured) paths that I’d travelled along previously.
Things were clearly very different today – however if I’m honest, in many ways this made things all the more enjoyable for a number of reasons.
Without the views, and under continuous drizzly rain (at least for the first few hours) we had to rely on each other for amusement and I’m happy to say that this has never been difficult between us.
There wasn’t a moment of the day, regardless of the mud we trudged through, the dogs that bounded up and covered us in soaking wet paw prints, or getting out of breath and sweaty where we weren’t laughing and joking.
I even took her to the inappropriately named ‘Giant’s Cave’ and showed her the majestic wonder of this 6ft deep hole in the rock that goes precisely nowhere.
I could tell she was impressed. I know how to wow the ladies.
Consequently we’ve spent most of the day laughing about the ridiculousness of standing on top of the highest point in Herefordshire and at times only being able to see 20ft ahead of us.
In truth I think it kind of made the day out just a little bit more special.
That’s not to say that there wasn’t any beauty to be found – in fact quite the opposite. Some things actually look better when they’re damp.
The differences to be found today however were’t only in terms of the landscape.
Last time my post about this lovely part of the world was called ‘Malvern Knees‘ – mostly because I’d overdone things a bit and pushed myself (in retrospect) because I knew that when I finally did Snowdon (link) four months later in July that it would be much much harder.
Consequently I was trying to get fitter and test my limits as much as possible. I still vividly remember the very real pain in my quadriceps and knees from the downhill sections and expected a LOT more of the same today.
In truth – despite walking almost exactly the same distance (and more) it never happened.
When I arrived home (after a little nap) I decided to look at the photos from my original visit on the 26th March and compare them to the 26th of October. It’s not only time that’s moved on between now and then.
So has my appearance.
Back then I was 22st 4lbs.
On my last weigh in I was 16st 13.5lbs – nearly five and a half stone lighter.
Physically today was like chalk and cheese compared to the last time – and while it was a great workout it caused no-where near the same level of exertion that it did the last time.
In March my activity log shows that I burned 1964/5304 Active/Total calories for the day, did 114 minutes of cardio exercise (as opposed to resting when out of breath) walked 20,752 steps and 9.84 miles.
At the time of writing (10.30pm) I’ve walked 11.88 miles and 23,508 steps today and done considerably more cardio exercise – but look at the calories I’ve burned!
I keep my weight details regularly up to date in my fitness apps – and therefore it knows that (with an extra 5.5 stone to carry) it took me almost 1300kcal MORE to do two miles a day less seven months ago.
What’s even better is at the moment my legs are easily ready to go again.
It’s my new normal and I love it because I also realised today that less than two years ago I could barely put my own socks on.
In other news I’m still obsessively detailing everything for #onplanoctober. I’m afraid you’re just going to have to put up with it for another week.
Here’s what I did yesterday.
- Cottage cheese with onion and chive 176
- 300g baking potato 231
- 500g 5% fat pork mince 555
- Green pepper 30
- 380g mushrooms 80
- Large courgette 54
- Small onion x2 60
- 240g Cannelini beans 192
- Corn on the cob x2 118
- Bunch of broccoli 40
- Can chopped tomatoes 74
- 250g natural yogurt 154
- 100g blueberries 43
- Banana 89
- 100g blackberries 43
- 100g raspberries 53
Total calories consumed 1991
- Active/total calories burned 1684/4273
- Cardio minutes 169
- Steps/miles walked 29,339 15.21
Nighty night internet x