Week eleven of my walking challenge has been a real mixed bag of experiences.

Due to work commitments I found myself grabbing miles as and when I could instead of sticking to my daily schedule.

While it is good to get out and about when taking on a challenge like the one I am doing, it can be quite tiring. The reason for this tiredness was the sudden change in my daily walking routine.

Instead of heading out at regular times and walking a set distance I was instead thrown into a chaotic mess of walking at strange hours. This change was a bit of a shock my body and, even though I wasn’t walking any additional miles each day, I found that I was shattered at the end of each day.

Towards the end of the week I began to adapt to my situation and the tiredness subsided. Hopefully once I am back into my normal schedule next week I will be back on top form and raring to go again.

Keeping a smile on my face…

I am a creature of habit and like to have structure in my life. When something comes along to disrupt my routine or plans I then begin to get a tad uncomfortable and sometimes a little demoralised. Obviously that is not ideal when taking on a challenge that requires you to go out in some grim weather for hours on end. So how do I avoid the grey clouds from spoiling my day?

Podcasts

To keep my morale raised, I have found that listening to podcasts as I walk helps. Over the last 2 years the amount of podcasts that are available to download have increased at a tremendous rate. You can find many carefully crafted and professionally produced shows covering a massive array of topics.

Listening to a good podcast really makes a difference when walking through the dark and rain. You can learn new things, catch up with the latest news, enjoy a good story or laugh at one of the many comedy shows all of which you can download in a blink of an eye for free.

My top podcasts

There are many podcasts out there for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and I have put together a list of five of my personal favourite podcasts that both inspire and entertain.

Out of Doors Podcast – This BBC podcast is presented by Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith and is a online version of the Saturday morning radio show. Each week the duo share their experiences as they go on micro adventures throughout Scotland.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/scotland-outdoors/id261779480?mt=2

Mountain Podcast – This podcast is presented by Christopher Sleight and shares fascinating stories from climbers, explorers and many others. Some of the tales shared are simply astounding.

http://mountainpodcast.com/

History Scotland – Presenter Neil McLennan explores lesser known visitor attractions across Scotland and shares their stories. Great listening for those with an interest in the history of our country.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/history-scotland-hidden-histories-podcast/id1183460605?mt=2

Ask Paul Kirtley – The presenter of this podcast is a well respected outdoors man and bushcraft instructor. In each episode Paul answers outdoor related questions sent in by listeners. Interesting listening for those who like to get into the wilderness.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/askpaulkirtley/id1054853603

Fife Club Podcast – I can’t really compile a list of my favourite podcasts without including Fife Club. This cheeky podcast always manages to raise a smile when I listen to it. This is not one for those with a sensitive nature as the language can sometimes be quite explicit.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/fife-club/id1208564453?mt=2

Week 11 lessons

While my routine was disrupted, I was still able to get out and enjoy some great walking in parts of Scotland that I seldom get to visit. I think that as I carry on with this challenge I am perhaps going to look at tweaking my routine and schedule so I can be a bit more flexible and any disruption isn’t going to tire me so much.

Walking on…

Next week I am heading to the West coast and will be visiting the beautiful Trossachs National Park where I will be getting to enjoy some of the fantastic walking routes that can be found there and I will be accompanied by some fellow Walk Fifer’s.

If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at sean@walkfife.com or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.

Catch up with you again next week.

Happy Walking!

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