Now that our recent legal troubles are behind us, we can start looking forward and planning for the future. One of things on my ‘Britain Bucket List’
is to walk the distance of Hadrian’s Wall and I’ve set the goal to do it next year in September 2014.
For those that don’t know – what exactly is Hadrian’s Wall?
Hadrian’s Wall is a roughly 80 mile long stone wall that was built in the North of England by the Romans in AD 122 on the orders of Emperor Hadrian. It was meant to mark the furthest frontier of Roman civilization and keep the ‘wildlings’ living in the North beyond the wall at bay. It was a hub of Roman Civilization in the North of England and despite the passage of almost 2000 years, a large part of the original wall is still in existence.
This is led to the development of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, an 80 mile long walking route that spans the entire distance of Hadrian’s Wall (which runs from England’s East Coast to its West Coast, cutting England in half). It’s a popular walk to ramblers (British English for hikers) and it takes about a week to complete. So, that requires walking an average of 10 miles or so a day.
My problem is that I’m not a very active guy. I run an internet business. I spend most of my day in our basement office in a chair. I’m certainly not fat, but I’m a little overweight and very out of shape.
If I tried to just show up and do an 80 mile walk in a week, I’d probably end up in the hospital!
So, I need to prepare for it. I’ve got about 18 months do it, and I’ve started this past week.
I’m going to start small and work my way up to doing 10 mile long walks. Last week I took a one mile walk. I survived.
Saturday, I did a 1.5 mile walk and survived.
Sunday, I did a 1 mile walk and survived.
It doesn’t sound like much but I have to start somewhere. I’ll slowly build up my distance as the walking season progresses.
I’m very lucky that where we live in Northwest Indiana, we’re surrounded by National and State parks with miles of beautiful walking trails. So, I’ve got a great environment to start this training. My hope is that by the end of this summer, I can do a 10 mile walk in a day. Then the goal will be to keep up the pace through the winter so I don’t regress. Hopefully I’ll be able to test out my new walking skills on a trip to England planned for this winter. Then in summer 2014 will be dedicated doing longer walks but also doing several long walks in a row so that by September 2014, I can do the walk and hopefully not end up in a hospital.
My plan is to write about training for the walk over the next 18 months but also bring readers into the planning for it. I can’t just turn up. This is a popular route so I plan to discuss the best times of year to go, where to stay, what to see along the way and strategies for doing it and surviving.
And then in September 2014, join me as I go on the walk. I plan to blog the whole way along the path and share pictures, videos, etc.
So, join me as I attempt to get in shape and achieve one of my long held dreams. I hope it’s entertaining for everyone!
If you have any advice for preparing for long distance walking – please leave a comment or drop me a line. Any advice is greatly appreciated!