For some strange reason I thought the Coast to Coast was quite far away, but today I realised there is only 135 days to go. One thing that won't help with the training is drinking. After a year off alcohol, Saturday brought my first real drinking night. It was in the form of the comedy club at The Forum in Darlington. It had taken quite a bit of organising but 20 of us got there in the end, and it turned out to be a great night. Things started to get hazy, however, after the third pitcher of Foster's. After suffering from my first hangover in over a year (suffering is perhaps a bit strong, I have felt reasonable all day, just a bit tired) I have had no inclination to exercise at all, which, with 135 days to go is a feeling I could do without. I have decided to keep a limit on the drinking nights out so they don't interfere with my training - although I am drinking tomorrow at the quiz (for the first time!).
As well as keeping booze to a minimum, I am trying to walk to work everyday this month. Tomorrow will be the first major test because, in the words of Bob Geldof, 'I don't like Mondays'. We'll see how that one goes. I've also taken to an intense, one month diet of 2 weetabix for lunch, and beans on toast for tea - if nothing else, it will flush my system (or should that be cistern?) out! And finally there is the sessions of squash/badminton/table tennis I have lined up. It's gonna be an energetic January, but wait until the end of the month weigh in for remarkable results (fingers crossed).
A couple of donations today have took my total raised on Just Giving to £400+ (as well as Gift Aid) which is 16% of my £2,500 target, as well as £55 I have in cash to include. For those of you feeling impulsive right now, I have set up a way to donate by text - it's as easy as peas, just text HIKE83 £5 or HIKE83 £10 to 70070 and the money will be added to your monthly mobile bill! Go on, I dare you......
I'm also trying to sort out a couple of different nights before the walk which will add to the pot, as well as lining up some 'media appearances' to help the cause. The next 6 months are going to be very busy, then I will rest a little, then sort out 2014!