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The benefits are showing now

I know this isn't directly about boot camp but I thought I'd share today's achievements.

They are linked to the boot camp as it's done most of the good work to get me to where I am today.

Well, to tell the truth, I'm lying on the sofa in my PJs doing not very much, which maybe isn't that impressive.

The reason for that, though, is that I'm relaxing after completing the Workington to Keswick Charity Walk in 8hr 37min.

To put it in context, that's 2hr 34min better than my last times (same time in two different years) and previously I've always staggered to the finish point, worrying for most of the last four or so miles that I wasn't going to make it in before the cut-off time arrived.

I spent much of today's walk feeling almost as fresh as a daisy and I can only put that down to shedding an excess stone or so (I really should have taken a note of my weight before I started) and the strength and stamina I've built up doing boot camp.

I'm sure I was a lot more upright in my walking today, which I've put down to the core exercises John's had us doing.

It's fair to say that I'm not a great fan of the plank when I'm doing it and during my homework workout those 30 seconds feel like an eternity.

There's no denying that they're doing me some good.

I managed to keep going for the whole walk without stopping for a rest and I even grabbed sandwiches at Buttermere to eat while walking.

John, I did my best to choose healthily and picked brown bread instead of no-goodness white bread with egg filling for protein.

A banana before lunch and another one at Rosthwaite helped me get to the end.

The low point of today for me was the climb down into Braithwaite, about six miles in, when I was overtaken by a jogger at least four decades my senior.

I'm thinking of giving an award for enterprise to the ice-cream man who parked up between Buttermere and Honister and did a roaring trade with people who'd turned out to watch  plus the odd walker.

Don't worry John, I walked straight past and didn't slow myself down by buying a 99.

Then, my funniest moment of the day came about halfway up Honister Pass when I was again overtaken, this time by a man on roller skis.

I certainly wasn't expecting that.

I was feeling pretty positive about my day and how good it was to see the benefits of my exercise efforts but the icing on the cake was yet to come (no John, not an actual cake).

When I got home I got straight in the bath to ease my tired legs and when I got out I thought I might as well get straight into my PJs and rest for the evening.

The icing on the cake? Not only did I manage to get into the smaller-size pyjamas I bought in the January sale to shrink into but I had to do up the tie bit at the front as they weren't quite snug.

Yesterday I set myself a new challenge.

I agreed to take up jogging with the aim of completing a half marathon with my auntie next summer.

I can't think of a more inspirational person to get me to reach the goal.

By Sarah Nicholls
Published: March 11, 2012

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