Call yourself a long-distance walker?

ruth livingstone walking downcast, ashamed to be called a long distance walkerUp until now, I regarded walking as something I do when I go on my coastal expeditions. I walk around the coast. That’s what I do. And I rarely walk anywhere else. Indeed, I call all non-coast ramblings wasted walking!

Names are important. The labels you attach to things – and the labels you attach to yourself – really do matter.

Foolishly, I had started to call myself a long-distance walker. And then I took a look at the Long Distance Walkers’ Association web site. Wow. These people walk 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles – all in one go! Continue reading Call yourself a long-distance walker?

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My first walking BOOTS

Ruth Livingstone, first walking bootsBoots are a walker’s best friend. Or worst enemy.
This was my first pair.

Leather. Chocolate covered (no – coloured). Comfortable as slippers for the first ten miles. Like wearing two lumps of wood for the next five!

Sadly they only lasted 500 miles. The soles were fine, but the leather – despite dollops of Dubbin – cracked and broke. I continued to wear them, but they were no longer waterproof and, after one soaking too many, I threw them out and brought some fabric ones instead.

Signing up for the Stroud Five Valleys Walk

The Stroud Five Valleys Walk is an annual charity walk in aid of the Meningitis Trust. Although I don’t normally walk for charity, I decided to enrol in this event.

Why?

  1. To stretch myself. It’s 21 miles and I have never walked as far as that before in a single day.
  2. To give myself something walking-related to focus on, as the summer turns to autumn and the walking season draws to a close.
  3. The route is signed and has stops for water, fruit, food, etc. and this will, I hope, enable me to relax and concentrate on the walking.
  4. Registration was cheap and does not rely on raising a minimum amount for the charity.
  5. They even supply a bus at regular intervals along the way, to take you back to your starting point if it all gets too much.

It will be a new experience for me, as I usually walk solo. There will be plenty of other people around for this event, and yet I can still walk ‘alone’ and at my own pace.

Yet another blog!

I have a number of blogs already.
Ruth’s Coastal Walk: A blog about my coastal walk.
Ruthless Scribblings: A writing blog.
Ruthless Readings: A reading blog.
Dr Stone’s Repository: A blog where I write about memory and communication skills.

Why start another one?
Because every blog should have a theme and a topic, so that the reader knows exactly what they are getting.

It’s like marketing a book. Put a blood-stained dagger on the cover, and the reader expects crime fiction or a horror story. Put a smiling cook holding a cake on the front, and people expect a book about baking. Imagine a book which contains the text of a thriller, interspersed with recipes for buns. It doesn’t work.

So, each topic has its own blog. And that seems like a sensible idea to me. But, if you believe differently, I would be interested in your thoughts.