Friday 18 March 2016

Steve’s stepping up his training

Steve Grinstead with his SCC top

Hello, here’s my second blog about my preparations for my next big walk – the South Coast Challenge. If you missed my first blog, my name is Steve, I’m a companion at Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland and this year I’m combining my passion for walking with fundraising for Emmaus.

My training and preparations have been going very well so far. In the evenings I have been walking along the canal network from Hinckley, completing different loops of up to 10 miles. Every Saturday I go to Victoria Park in Leicester and I do a 5k jog. I started doing it as a walk but I’ve built up my fitness and I’m now jogging it. I’ve also got a programme of exercises that I do daily, both at home and a local gym. This includes a bit on the weights, cycling, aerobics and cross training, mixing it all up to keep building stamina.

I’ve recently visited Eastbourne to experience the some of the route of the South Coast Challenge. I walked from the start of the walk, along the sea front and up over Beachy Head which is my first major obstacle. That was a climb and half and makes for a really challenging start. I had to have a few breaks on the way up but the views along the coast over the Seven Sisters were fabulous.

My training plans for the next few weeks include the usual programme of training, walks and jogs plus some more interesting adventures. I will shortly be heading down to London to complete 9 hours of night training, walking 18 miles from Blackfriars Bridge to Richmond Park. In June I’ve booked a whole weekend of hill climbing up in the Peak District. These adventures will be great preparation for the South Coast Challenge in August.

Touch wood I’ve had no injuries or setbacks and my stamina is getting stronger day by day. Through training for this challenge I’m feeling healthier and have reduced my weight by about 6 stone. I have so far raised over £380 on my JustGiving page and through the generosity of Emmaus supporters in Hinckley. Please keep up the support and sponsor me if you can, it’s all for a very worthy cause and keeps me focussed and motivated. 

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