Hoping To Start Lands End to John O’Grants In Early June
If London to Brighton goes OK I’m considering trying the Lands End to John O’Groats challenge at the beginning of June. I’ve been talking about this for ages but I think now is the time to try to do some planning.
I will know for certain in a few weeks whether or not the trip is on.
I’ve been doing some research and the advice varies somewhat with regards to equipment. I’m not gonna be camping so that rules out a fucking tent. I’ll be staying in Airbnbs, hostels and cheap hotels.
I’m hoping to do it with a budget of £2000. If it takes me 35 days that’s £55 a day which is more than enough if I don’t wank my money away on fancy hotels. I’ll concentrate on bringing reflective gear, shorts and t-shirts as well as some waterproof clothing. I won’t be bringing a tablet or a laptop with me. I won’t be bringing stores of food along like some form of squirrel. No rubber fannies either.
I’ll take my contactless bank cards and source nutrition through Greggs, Poundland and McDonald’s. I’ll do laundry every week which will mean finding and staying in towns at the weekend.
Ideally I’ll need a large waterproof day backpack that I can jog with. I’ve got a great backpack at the moment but it’s not waterproof and the last thing I need is for all my dry clothes to get soaked.
If I don’t do it soon I’ll never do it.
I still feel horrible about my Indiegogo fundraiser for my book. At the time I had no job and a chequered employment history in Northern Ireland and I honestly couldn’t see a future for myself. I was continually making bad choices through alcohol. I can’t change that now but I can start to give back. That’s why I’m gonna fundraise for Mind again on this trip.
When I’ve fundraised in the past my motivations have been selfish. I wanted to look good. With Mind it’s different as I believe in the work they do and it helps me to talk about mental health as I go.
If I complete this challenge in 35 days I’ll have covered over 25 miles a day. That’s almost double the amount I was doing for my daily half marathons in February 2016 but I think it’s achievable.
I ran over 3,100 miles last year and I’m already well over 1,000 miles in 2017. I’ve got a great base.
If any of you have ideas for waterproof backpacks and other equipment please leave a comment below. I need to plan for this to ensure I don’t end up dead in a Cornish ditch on Day 2.
Day 12 of 31
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