My weekend of antics.

This weekend has been a fun filled sunny joy.I visited my best friend who I hadn’t seen in over 6 months, it was lovely to catch up over pizza and wine. I also did a little training in the countryside, I went on a 10 mile walk which was a delight. Everyday I am discovering new ways to enjoy nature and my time alone. As I will be spending a fair bit of my 6 weeks walking alone I need to prep myself not only physically but mentally too. On Sunday I did a mixture of green space walking and A road walking along my 10 mile trip, I took 1 break but kept up the pace, I completed the walk in just over 4 hours. Some snaps from my day in the sun…

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I don’t think I have ever seen so many daisies in one spot, it was like a sea of white little faces, just beautiful.

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Some road kill, poor little guys.

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Baffin in action

Testing my Baffin wear.

Baffin is Canada’s largest manufacturer of boots, especially designed for winter seasons. They also do a fantastic range of clothing items too, which I tested out this weekend.

Baffin is an Island in Canada named after the English navigator and explorer William Baffin, who died in January 1622. It is Canada’s largest island and sits in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It has an extremely cold climate so Baffin boots would be ideal here as most of Baffin Island lies above the chilly Arctic Circle.

This is all very interesting to me as I would not of known any of this information if it had not been for the outdoors brand Baffin to have brought it all to my attention. You learn something new everyday!

So my experiences with Baffin… I decided to try out my short sleeve mid-layer Baffin vest top, with a breathable long sleeve under top (not Baffin) to keep my arms warm. It was a sunny day but there was still a chill in the air and it was fairly windy. Normally when I have been training I get so itchy and hot and stuffy from some of my other mid-layers I wear, but my Baffin just keep me so happy and regulated, I didn’t need to add or remove any extra layers… when I was in the shade I zipped right up, when in the sun I just undid the zip, fantastic little number!

It has really nice sort of reflective lines around the pockets and down the front zip, which I think adds a nice touch, easy to see in the dark – I haven’t tried it out in the dark but will definitely come in handy. I also really like the material it is made with (what is the material??) it feels spongy and different to any other outdoors item I have felt, it holds its shape really well.

I can’t really fault this product as it is made perfectly for the sort of thing I am going to be using it for. I am very excited to try out my other Baffin top, which I will do on my next train maybe in the week. I love trying new things! This is a lovely brand, well designed, high quality material – I would recommend to walkers and hikers, a very lightweight and useful item to have in your backpack.

Thank you Baffin x

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You can see the product I tested here.

Make your own energy bars!

Granola bars are a great blend of fruit and nuts held together in a tasty, chewy package that will travel well in your day bag or jersey pocket.

The great thing about these homemade energy bars is that you can use fruit spreads as part of the paste to bind everything together, giving it more taste and more natural sugars too.

Ingredients

  • 80g butter
  • 80g honey
  • 40g pear and apricot or prune spread
  • 80g dark brown sugar
  • 120g jumbo oats
  • 30g walnut pieces
  • 30g sultanas
  • 30g organic dried apricots
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 30g sunflower seeds
  • 30g linseeds

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 190°C. Now line a 20cm round (or square) baking tin with greaseproof baking paper and thinly grease the inside of it.

2. In a large saucepan melt the butter, honey, fruit spread and sugar together on a medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Now bring it to the boil and cook for two minutes so that the sugar caramelises, making it a sticky sauce.

3. Add the oats and mix well then add all of the other fruits, nuts and seeds. Give this a good mix, then pour it into the cake tin and pat down with the back of a metal spoon. Then place the tin in the middle of the oven.

4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until set. If it starts to burn before then, cover it with foil. Once ready just turn it out and leave to cool on a rack, then slice into wedges to suit your appetite.

Chef’s tips

This is a sweet snack thanks to the honey and fruit paste, but most of the sugars are slower burning fruit sugars so you shouldn’t get a big rush/crash from these bars. Oats contain lots of soluble fibre that helps to regulate sugar release so this balances well with the sweetness.

This recipe does contain a lot of different ingredients so try shopping in a health food store that sells by weight so you can just get what you need. Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy all that, just pick your favourites and add more of them, or swap the fruit paste for more honey, the walnuts for pecans and so on.

As long as you get a thick, firm mixture to push into the cake tin you should find it’s still super tasty.

Thanks guys, will definitely be trying this recipe out 🙂

Weekend Walking

This weekend was a beautiful one, absolutely perfect for a stroll in the park. Everyone was peeling off their winter layers, for at last a bit of sunshine on our beaming faces.

I did a 10 mile round walk early Sunday morning and I actually found it pretty ok. I could quite happily get up the next day and go again, I was a little sleepy afterwards but I think I needed to manage my food intake better. More food at the beginning.

I of course did my standard Richmond park route with an added 4 miles, lots of lovely things passed me by on route, the main thing I enjoyed was when two strangers dogs decided to have a little session right in the middle of the path. Oh how I did chuckle.

I trialled a little power up pouch which was interesting, quite enjoyed the little kick.

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Lots of happy trees along route.

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do not pick the mushies.

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I had a lovely walk and I can’t wait to go again, this time I will increase the weight of my bag and go for a little further. Next walk Putney to Holborn Viaduct 6am.

See you all soon!

A winters stroll in Ilfracombe

Hello all!

I have spent the last few days in the lovely Ilfracombe, it is beautiful, quiet and just what was needed before the busy rush of christmas and new year. We went on a lovely walk this morning along Woolacombe beach, it was rather windy and cold but it was very beautiful and great to be by the sea, which is not very often living in London.

Although we didn’t do a very long walk, about 4 miles, we were walking against the wind along the beach so it felt that little bit harder. It’s Christmas after all…

Of course we did pop into the spa at The Woolacombe Hotel after, we couldn’t do all that long walking without a little pampering now could we!

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hannah London to Edinburgh walk

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Shoes, shoes, shoes. Which shoes to walk in?

So big dilemma guys! Need some help!

So on my London to Edinburgh walk I need to right kind of shoes of course. But which ones? I have been told a decent runners shoe, a leather boot or a gore tex boot… but everyone is saying different things and I am worried I will pick the wrong shoe…

At the moment I walk to and from work in a basic pretty cheap running shoe but I love it, I feel springy and happy and great. I have trained in a heavy leather walking boot with ankle support but I find this…. a bit clunky and theres no fun spring.

Do I need the ankle support of a walkers boot or the springyness of a running shoe?

I was recommended:

Hi Tec Figaro Lux shoe – http://www.hi-tec.com/uk/figaro-lux-mens-multi-sport-shoe-tobacco-gold.html

This is quite a stylish shoe so I could go for a different brand which is more waterproof and durable.. I can get two of these for the price of one boot…

If anyone out there wants to recommend or give me some shoe tips that would be extremely helpful!

Weekend training

I am struggling to find time to fit in long distance walks what with work, being a very social butterfly and my busy London lifestyle. Which I really need to reassess…

Anyway! I went for a long run in Sheffield at the weekend, up and down the hills, in the rain. It was very picturesque and beats London running any day.

Here is me looking glam.

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Have a great week everyone.

Training Weekend

Hello all,

I am heading up to Sheffield this evening and I thought why not coincide this with a little training!

I have had some AMAZING feedback from Walk Highlands Association – amazing… take a look.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=47156&p=259574#p259574

Watch this space for some rather attractive exercise pics of myself in action up in the North!

Enjoy your friday evenings all!