Subject: Lands End to John O'Groats
Posted: 16 May 2012 9:41 pm
Just finished reading the book about your walk from Lands End to John O'Groats, thoroughly enjoyed it, felt it was a frank and honest account and gave me food for thought....as middle age beckons am I leaving it too late to start undertaking some serious walking? Several times whilst reading, at some of the more 'painful moments' I did wonder if my feet would hold up, but nothing ventured nothing gained!
If I do, it will largely down to your excellent book so thanks in advance.
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Subject: Middle age and LEJOG
Posted: 17 May 2012 6:12 pm
Glad you liked it! Thanks for the kind words.
As for leaving it too late to walk across Britain, I'm not sure there is such a thing. After all, you've just finished reading about Barry, who was 69 when he walked LEJOG at the same time as me... but what I don't say in the book is that he walked JOGLE last year, at the ripe old age of 77. Makes me feel like a bit of a wimp, having all those aches and pains when I did the walk... at 33.
There are two key aspects to walking across Britain. The first is that you need to be moderately fit, but you can be moderately fit well past retirement, so age isn't the main factor here. The second one is having the mental maturity to plan and complete such a challenge, and I'd say that there's arguably an advantage to being older for this one. Of course, being moderately fit and mentally prepared doesn't guarantee that you'll do it - nothing will do that - but this is a challenge, after all, so there has to be an element of uncertainty.
As for whether your feet will hold up, the only way to find out is to find out. As you have read, it can all go a bit wrong, but there are lots of walkers out there who never get blisters, and you might be one of them. I'm not, but that doesn't stop me walking.
Anyway, food for thought, and if you do decide to do some long-distance walking and want someone to ask about it, feel free to pop over here. I'm always happy to dish out a bit of impartial advice!
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