Terry & I had booked a night away for his birthday, nothing special; just a day somewhere different to relax a little.
A wander down to the local for a meal and a glass of Prosecco… It was that glass of bubbly that did it! It brought that little idea I’d had simmering away at the back of my mind for a couple of months right to the front… It was that innocent glass of bubbles that got me online looking at the MIND website & into what challenges they were promoting to raise some cash, which led to me signing us both up for a 40 mile hike around the Lake District!
Over the last year Terry & I have both been moved to tears on various occasions over someone affected by mental health problems. We have experienced the loss of someone we’ve cared for.
We’ve witnessed the heartache of close family members who carry the guilt of not having been able to help a loved one & the mental turmoil; wishing they could’ve said or done something to make a difference.
We’ve witnessed addiction destroy a life and deeply affect the lives of those close.
‘MIND’ really is a charity working tirelessly to make a difference and we want to give them our support!
Mind Hike 2017
Excited would be an understatement at this little challenge we’ve taken on. I have always loved getting out in the countryside and just walking, enjoying being out, enjoying space and nature. Thankfully, Terry loves it too… That would’ve been tricky!
Too excited to wait until we’d bought ourselves a decent pair of walking boots we set out within a couple of days of signing up to explore our local area & begin training. There are plenty of fields and public footpaths to navigate so it was hard to get lost. What I hadn’t accounted for was the inappropriate footwear! They really weren’t hiking boots. They were just boots & two weeks in, I’m still sporting the remains of a blister. I should’ve followed Terry’s advice & stuck with Trainers!
Lesson learned, we are both now the proud owners of comfy, hard wearing walking boots which have so far covered almost 50 miles since our first outing.
Having spent the last 10 years competing as a natural bodybuilder hiking is becoming a new passion.
Each outing leaves me with a feeling of peace, contentment & shear exhilaration at being out in the country, following little trails, up hills, down hills, plodding boots, steep climbing steps which seem at the time; never ending, looking out over miles of fields dotted with tiny houses and miniature roads. I love it!
So we’ll be working hard on getting the miles in over the next 9 months in preparation for the big hike and continuing to raise money for ‘MIND’.
There are plenty of hills to climb!
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