Whilst out walking the other day I came upon this notice on a stile across the footpath
I wasn't sure what to do because it doesn't say 'beware', but a couple of months ago there was a news article about a man who had been trampled by a herd of cows, and of course they're going to be protective of the calves, so I was a bit wary.
I decided that if the herd was well away from the path I would carry on through the field, but when I got closer I could see they were near the stile, and it was a pretty big bull, so I decided to turn back and take another route
I was quite miffed about it. Not because it meant I had to walk an extra half mile or so to go round because I need the exercise anyway, but just because I had to go back the way I'd come!
I want to do a 'Rocky' and run up this hill
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It may not seem very steep or high but it puffs me out just walking up.
This is the view from the top where it starts to flatten out. After the foreground it drops away steeply. The farm buildings you can just see the roofs of in the bottom is where I was standing for the first photo.
I've timed myself walking up, and it took 4 minutes, 35 seconds the first time.
I want to get faster and eventually run up. Realistically I'm not going to be able to do this unless I can run on the flat first (which I've never done). So now when I'm out walking I've started to do occasional bouts of jogging. Ideally I'm trying to alternate between 2 minutes walking then 30 seconds jogging, but this isn't quite working out yet because if anyone is about I don't want them to see me trying to jog so I keep on walking. Also it's not helping that I'm wearing walking boots!
I have managed to jog the last little flat bit at the top of the hill and got my time down to 4 minutes 15 seconds.
I may or may not be reporting some time in the future that I've succeeded, but don't hold your breath!
Hands up anyone who knows what's missing from this photo -
The cooling towers of Thorpe Marsh Power Station! They've all been demolished now. :(