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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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K2B Countdown 13

Evening Mail Editor and publisher JONATHAN LEE writes about his new fitness plan and goal for 2012 – to take part in the Keswick to Barrow walk.

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BOOST: Jonathan taking part in the Walney Fun Run training session

AS a confirmed Keswick to Barrow walker – and a definite non-runner – there’s been a strange twist to my pre-event training regime this week.

Firstly my sporting commitments got in the way of my weekend training.

Not on-the-pitch Herculean heroics fitting of someone attempting to walk 40 miles in one day (anyone who isn’t familiar with the Keswick to Barrow walk, especially those who know me from my past, find it inconceivable that I would be even achieving such madness!).

It was purely of the spectating variety with Saturday afternoon spent watching my hometown football team reach the Championship play-offs.

Then Sunday afternoon was spent watching Barrow Raiders stage a second-half try blitz at Craven Park to send Rochdale packing.

Both were hugely enjoyable occasions. Neither was conducive to fitting in a long-distance training walk.

What has made me feel even more guilty is driving to and from work this week I have seen plenty of walkers, who I guess are training for the K2B, striding out along Park Road in Barrow.

It is great to see this wave of people improving their health and fitness all in the name of the K2B.

Now in its 46th year, it’s an ever growing legacy for Barrow and Furness from this mass participation event.

It helps get people fitter, introducing them to a healthier lifestyle, and raises vital cash for hundreds of charities and community groups. It really is a win-win event for the whole area.

So this particular out-and-out walker has been squeezing in his training this week by...running!

The Energy For Life Walney Fun Run training has been my salvation.

Every eight minutes of the hour-long training along Walney seafront on Mondays and Wednesdays now includes five minutes of running.

When the training started six weeks ago, and we were running one minute in every five, it was inconceivable that my body would run for five minutes non-stop! Now I am doing that with ease and have serious ambitions of running the entire 5.1k route when the event takes place on June 17.

More importantly, in terms of the Keswick to Barrow event the Walney Fun Run training has provided me with a twice-weekly hour-long training session which fits in with my daily routine – which is key for any sustainable exercise programme.

Now it is up to me to find time to do the first leg of the walk, from Keswick to Grasmere, and ideally Keswick to Coniston this weekend.

Once I have achieved that I will have the mental confidence that I can complete the walk, as long as my hips hold out!

And thanks to the Walney Fun Run training, occasionally, very occasionally, I might just even break into an ever-so-gentle jog!

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