After building up to it slowly by doing plenty of 5Ks and more recently walks between 7 and 8 Kilometres I finally did a 10K walk today (though it ended up as a 11K) and though it might not be the most I’ve ever walk it is the most post achilles rupture and the most since I’ve had to give up sport. As with most of my Solent Walks I was joined by Jason and it was good having someone to chat to during the walk though does tend to slow you done but as I keep quoting a saying I saw a “30 Minute Mile is the same distance as a 12 Minute Mile” and also as people often remark it is also Mile longer than someone who is sat doing nothing, it all adds up and not only have I noticed the difference in my physique due to this walks my Diabetes Nurse who I saw this morning also commented on it, I feel a lot fitter than I used to as well, when I first started I was just glad to walk the 5K in an hour and after today’s walk I actually felt (and still feel) better than I did after the first 5K.
I had planned the walk on Strava but fine tuned it this morning on Map My Run as I’m compare the apps to see what I find best and am finding it really annoying that some things only work with Strava and some with Map My Run and the Apple Watch Workout App doesn’t allow viewing via web so am currently stuck using the 3 apps. When I start Pure Gym the end of the month when the Fareham Gym opens (Hopefully) it is linked to Strava but not Map My Run, I have found Map My Run the better app for doing Routes on the web so for planning but have had issues with using it on my Apple Watch where it started my Walk 13 miles away (When I did the last walk at home/work and do the next at the other) as the GPS was slow to update.
Anyway back to the 10K, I started at home and went to the far west of Fareham (Ranvilles Lane) before then going to the north of Fareham (Highlands/Kiln Road) before heading back into town before walking back home, the planned route was 10K but as often find when doing these routes these are rough estimates as sometimes the path going slightly longer than the road which I think these are based on and sometimes like today we do a slight detour as the path we take isn’t yet on any maps. I think this was the first time I have ever walked the whole length of Highlands Road in one go and have now planned to walk the Deviation Line walk as we walked past this and it has always fascinated me as until recently never knew much about it as when you drive past the Car Park it’s name never triggers anything and by the time you’re home you’ve forgotten about it. The walk we did has a climb for much of the first 5K with a small drop during this before you then walk downhill quite quickly before it then rising slightly again as we return back to the start, though the only real noticeable climb is right at the start during the first Kilometre and then between 2 and 3KM before then becomes just a steady climb which you don’t really notice. When I saw the time of just under 2 hours for the 11K I was at first a bit disappointed but after working it out at 3.54mph including having to wait to cross roads that’s pretty good going especially as the average walking pace is around 3-3.5mph and our splits where pretty much consistent which I always take as a good sign. I can now also claim my 10K medal.
Besides planning other different 10K routes to make sure my walks are varied I am going to try and do this walk at least once a month. So tomorrow we go North of the M27 to Knowle and Funtley which I have never walked to before, I just hope my trainers will be up to the terrain as I don’t have any trail shoes since most of my walks have been on tarmac so use my Adidas Cloudfoam trainers though tomorrow I will use my ASICS trainers that used to use for Gym (I have another pair of Cloudfoam for the gym now 💡).