Since March we have had lockdown, restrictions, a new way of life. And I do believe we need to get used to it. This coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Some of my normal life still happens; my nurses come in and look after me. I get my awful needles injected into me for my treatment. I still enjoy writing very much, , making up stories and doing charcoal drawings, taking photographs, snuggling into my beautiful labradors. Trying my best to live life with a half full glass. I do miss getting out on the harley with Steve, going to see our friends at the Dunedin Chapter http://www.dunedinhog.com, and I miss my meetings at The Ann Edgar Charitable Trust http://www.taect.scot. Ive been inspired by walkers, and triers in life, so when Jean ann from The Dunedin Chapter set up a virtual walk for charity I decided to take part. This little piggy is donating money and taking part in the NC500 Virtual walk.
The idea is members of our chapter can register to take part in the event, we walk on our own, walk as little or as much as we want and are able. Basically it is a virtual north coast 500. We take note of our mileage, pay £1 for each mile walked. Someone like my sister, Hazel who has registered is very fit, walks many miles per week, she will clock in the miles. I’m proud of my sister she will do well. As my hubby Steve, he walks many miles in a day, he thinks nothing of walking 8 miles. Me, I love walking, its just a struggle. Imagine carrying a rucksack on your back filled with sand, you are walking up a steady incline and it gradually gets steeper and you begin to feel the strain. This is many a day for me. You can feel your heart beating and the thumping in your ears is getting louder. The beads of sweat appear on your forehead and you know its time to take a breather. Its all about pacing oneself and knowing my limits.
I have my sidekick most of the time. Buddy the fox red Labrador. He knows when the nets/carcinoid syndrome are playing up. He is clever enough to work out when the blood sugar is dropping below 3, or when my heart rate is beating too fast or going so slow it needs some intervention. He is my knight in shining armour. Buddy and our other Labrador Bella will be walking with me.
Dunedin Chapter do a lot for charity, as members we raise a lot of money for charity throughout the year. This walk will raise money and it will go in the charity pot. Me personally, as well as doing the walk, I will put £1 in every day until the end of the event. I intend to walk 1 mile every day. There are 50 days left, which means I will put £50 in. My reasoning we have been given the privilege of one year free membership to Dunedin, so this is my contribution, giving £50 to the charity pot.
I got a delightful message from a Dunedin member and friend Scott Anderson. Scott and his wife Shirley, both members, both ride Harleys. The message asked how I am and noted that I am doing the virtual walk and they would like to sponsor me. They said the reason they chose me is because they have absolute respect for me doing it and they know that it will be a huge effort for me.
When I read this I could have cried. We have only known Scott and Shirley this riding season, but already they have become firm friends. You know when you get that feeling about folk.
Sometimes we choose to sit on our bums and complain, do nothing with our lives. I prefer, the hard life, the trying. That thought when I’m out doing something and I need to stop for a rest and I think why the hell am I putting myself through this, oh yes that great feeling of reward and friendship.
Life is a journey; mine is wonderful folks; be all you can be xx
7 replies to “NC500 Virtual walk”
This is a wonderful post, Lizbeth, and so appropriate for me to read on Canadian Thanksgiving! We could be sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, but we have so much to be thankful for. Like you, that’s how I choose to live my life and people like you, whose challenges are greater than mine, are a real inspiration. You go girl! Walk those miles and hold your head high!
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Thank you beautiful lady. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. How is life and your health? I appreciate your words of encouragement. Take care my friend
Due to Covid, it was just hubby and I for Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I cooked the tiniest turkey I could find and all the trimmings. We’ll be eating leftovers for several days! My health continues to be stable which is one of the things that I’m most thankful for.
Great blog Biff, and you’re more than welcome for the sponsor money, we’re right behind you, and know you can do it, just take your time, x
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Thank you Scott. When my consultant asks what keeps me going I explain its folk in my life like YOU guys x
So proud of you little sister and thanks for mentioning me ! I am going to stick to my original plan of 7x 3 miles for sponsorship as so many people have other charities close to their hearts to donate too . But , I may pinch your idea and put in a pound each day to the end of the challenge. Nice piece of writing as per usual
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Hi Sister, no problem 😉 bringing you into the post. Hope you are enjoying the walking. I’m sure Jed is. Thanks for the compliment on the writing. Great you are donating £1 per each day till end too. Sending you a great big hug 🤗 and lots of love xxx