Diehards

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Take less excercise

The walk is over and I'm now back where I belong: sitting at my desk, a plie of work chiding me at one end. I seem to have contracted elephantitis and fear I'll never be able to wear shoes again. Bob is on crutches and we are both exhausted.

I can't quite believe I did it. About ninety miles over five days with erratic weather. We had a variety of setbacks including a very late start due to the press; a sick child that caused another delay; various injuries and general complaints and at one stage we got totally lost. But we found so many interesting things: a plague of baby frogs; wildflowers galore; a shrine to a Celtic supporter in a forest and a fantastic truck stop in the middle of nowhere to name a few.

Once I've recovered sufficiently I'll write up the adventure but for now here is a snap to, hopefully, whet your appetites.



P.S. Can you believe I've gained five pounds?!

14 comments:

Mary Witzl said...

I'll bet you gained five pounds of muscle!

That sounds like an incredible experience, Eryl, and I'm amazed that you walked the entire 90 miles! The weather wasn't perfect, but it could have been worse. And in the picture it looks fantastic. I am envious...

When I was fifteen, I went on a 33-mile charity walk, and the next day I could not walk. In fact, I seem to remember that I hobbled around for the better part of a week afterwards. But 90 miles -- whewww!

Carole said...

I am so looking forward to the 90 mile diary. So very very cool. Glad you are back and safe.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Bob's on crutches? Blimey, what happened?

I bet the elephantitis is just swelling from the walk. Legs and ankles often swell up after prolonged exercise like that, they say. With any luck it'll be gone in a few days.

I wanna know about the baby frog plague!

Well done for hoofing 90 miles, girl! Very cool.

Kim Ayres said...

Superb! Congratulations!

Remember muscle weighs more than fat so even if your measurements are the same, if you've gained muscle you'll be heavier.

Pendullum said...

Looking forward to the stories...
Welcome back... andsome how Ihear the theme to Rocky playing over repeatedly in my head as I write this...

Carole said...

The theme song that keeps humming in my ears is Chariots of Fire.

Eryl Shields said...

Mary ~ I think it's five pounds of excess fluid, I can hardly bend my ankles. I can barely walk now, but it's amazing how it is possible to just keep on going if you feel it's important enough.
As we got nearer to Glasgow the weather improved dramatically and we had two days of blazing sunshine.

Carole ~ Thanks - I think it will be a week or so before I hav time to write it all up properly: my dissertation is calling me.

Sam ~ He hurt his foot in the forest of Ae but is much better today and can now walk on it again with a limp.
The baby frogs were so cool and tiny like jumping pebbles. I have a video so I'll try and work out how to post it.

Kim ~ Thanks, I've just measured myself and it's really only my ankles that have gained several inches. I am rather dissapointed not to have ended up looking like a fell runner though.

Pen ~ Thanks, I hope I can do the stories justice. Rocky huh?

Carole again ~ The theme tune that runs in my head everytime I try to walk is Shrek.

Kanani said...

I'm glad you're back. I was wondering how you were! Did you take pics?

Mary Witzl said...

Yep -- Chariots of Fire -- that's what I hear too.

Which song from Shrek do you hear?

Looking forward to your pictures. Pretty funny, given that I cannot do pictures myself...

Eryl Shields said...

Kanani ~ Nice to be wondered about. Yes I took some pics, though not many as I was too busy concentrating on taking the next step after a while.

Mary ~ I have no idea what it's called.

I stumbled upon how to do pictures by clicking on things out of curiosity. I can't remember if I know how to do more than one at a time though.

Kim Ayres said...

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Eryl Shields said...

Crikey, I'll have a look right now!

PI said...

Congratulations. That's a hefty walk by anyone's standards and the weight gain will surely not be flab. I think walking is the best exercise and although you suffered privations I'm sure you'll feel soothed in mind and spirit. I envy you:)

Eryl Shields said...

Thanks PI, it was pretty hefty but you're right walking is the best exercise and I'm really glad I did it. The five pounds have now gone and -glee!- taken some friends with them. The privations were a good thing: a little hardship now and then does wonders for the spirit and makes one appreciate all the more the life one has.