After the euphoria of last week and feeling pretty good I came down with a bug and have been a sofa sloth for the best part of a week. I was itching to get outside at the weekend and although not well enough to do a big walk we decided some fresh air might do me some good.
My eldest had asked if we could visit Ilkley Moor and the Cow and Calf rocks, I think this is because he knows there’s lots of places he can leap about and streams to dip feet in. He seems to be the one that needs most persuading to go out for a walk (although once out he loves it) so when he suggested somewhere I was happy to go with that. It’s also not far from family so if the weather turns nasty there’s somewhere near to retreat to!
We had a great time exploring different paths and letting the kids stand on the smaller rocks and without too much wind it was nice to get some fresh air. Unfortunately, it was a bit misty so we couldn’t see for miles like you usually can up there. Despite it being a bit frosty my Daughter still managed to get covered in mud.
After our walk we treated ourselves to hot chocolate and warm pasties in the café in the carpark. With blankets and heating lamps we were nice and toasty. I grew up in this area and when I was little and visited Ilkley Moor there was just a carpark and no facilities unless you went up the road to the pub!
Great to get outdoors for a bit but I’m looking forward to getting out and doing some bigger walks. Bug be gone!
Do you let your kids choose where to walk?
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My plans for great walking adventures were thwarted last week with snow and ice falling on Yorkshire after the battering we received from the gales. We weren’t as badly hit as other places in the UK but the pathetic amount we did get caused chaos near us with the ice. We live at the bottom of a big hill which had turned into an ice skating rink, cars stuck everywhere and someone did a pirouette in a van! I took the car home and decided there was nothing for it but we would walk to school. This usually is an easy 2 miles and we’ve done this walk loads of times. In snow and ice and with a time pressure it was completely different. We skated along in places but I got the kids to school in one piece, just a little late. My daughter loves anything from the Frozen movie and likes the idea of ice skating but didn’t enjoy this walk and the ice novelty soon wore off. Great cardio workout for myself!
I’ve been enjoying the new fitness programme I’ve been doing so although I haven’t got outside as much as I’d like I’ve still be able to do lots of exercise. Not loving protein shakes it has to be said but I did find adding some coco powder made it more bearable.
The best news this week was that I’ve been discharged from my Physio! It brings an end to a long 6-year journey of hip hell, two hip arthroscopies and lots of physio. I’ll still carry on with my exercises but after lots of hard work I’m so much better and looking forward to my walking challenges this year. I can’t thank my physio’s enough for getting me back on my feet even if they did make me do hideous inchworm exercises. It wasn’t on the nutrition plan but I treated myself to bubbly and pie and custard!
Hoping to get out this weekend, enjoy some fresh air and share our adventures with you next time!
Hello and Happy New Year! Did you have a fabulous Christmas? We had fun at home, getting outside a few times and managed to sneak in a little mini cruise from Hull to Amsterdam, just spending a few hours there to explore before we were back on the boat home.
We didn’t tell the kids we were going, telling them we were just going for a drive(!) and it was a complete surprise to them! Their faces as we walked onto the ferry and then handed them the guide book was brilliant.
We arrived in Amsterdam and unfortunately it was foggy so we didn’t actually ‘see’ much of it, but we took a canal cruise and did lots of walking around the centre. We discovered Vondel park which was on my list to see, the palace and sampled important things like pancakes, frites with mayonnaise, a very strong blonde beer and some gorgeous bakery delights called Oliebollen. We’d love to go back and explore the museums and surroundings at a more leisurely pace without worrying about getting back for the boat. With it being the holidays it was absolutely heaving and great waves of people filled the streets. We managed to walk 9 km just wandering around, although we needed to keep moving because it was so cold!
Now back to reality! Having said that I’m so excited about this year. My China trek is in May and I’m hopping between giddy excitement and being daunted about organising my fundraising, training and kit. I have quite a few fitness goals to keep me going through the year and towards my trek. I’ve joined My Peak Challenge #MPC2017 which is a yearlong fitness and nutrition programme and is about reaching not only fitness goals but non-physical goals too. I’ve a few of those too including growing my blog! Half the joining fee goes to Bloodwise the UK blood cancer charity, so in helping yourself you help others too. I’m also going to try and join in the #walk1000 miles challenge and walk 1000 miles over the year – everyday walking counts towards this. We’ll see how that goes but we are now a walking family and I’m so proud of how far my little people walked last year. It was mentioned to me recently that I might be cruel ‘making’ my children take part in my training walks, but I don’t make them walk anywhere and we’re not trying to climb massive mountains. The harder walks I’ll keep for myself and we always do a distance they are capable of. Over the last year we’ve got outside into the fresh air, they’ve enjoyed discovering nature, identifying trees and we’ve visited some great new places.
So at the moment the sky’s the limit and as long as I keep my hips healthy there’s nothing stopping me…..I may need a few cheerleaders along the way though!
Have you any challenges this year or some non-physical goals? I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to.
I'm a 'thirty something' Yorkshire Mum of two, recovering from two hip arthroscopies and hoping to get fit for a new challenge. My aim is to also get my kids out into the countryside and get fitter as a family. Follow my blog about hips, trips, training and getting my kids outside!
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