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Keep Walking

Walk Around The Lighthouse

My husband and I walk most days of the week. It's the same walk most days (though not all) and it takes us around the Blackhead lighthouse, roughly a 3 mile walk, depending which path we take. I used to be able to run part of the way, though I don't do much of that these days, because of severe ankle pain from arthritis last year, which cut down my running. I have not managed to get back to much running yet, though the pain has gone. My husband walks all the time. Since he was very ill earlier in the year, the walk has been harder for him, so he tends to start going and just keep going, walking steadily, not stopping because it is very hard for him to get going again after a stop.

Steady Walking

Very often, if you keep going steadily on anything, you will get further than doing a stop - start and then running to catch up. This was pointed out to me very clearly the other day. I stopped at the top of the walk to take some photographs, while my husband just kept walking steadily. I then ran to catch him up but it surprised me just how far I had to run to catch him again. My running these days is not a lot faster than a fast walk and I was going down a lot steps on which I take care, because I don't want to fall. Add in some text from my son, which I stop to respond to, so I don't fall and it must have been half a mile further on before I caught up to him again!

Applies Everywhere

Of course, this has been known for a long time, take the fable about the Hare and the tortoise for example. Or the saying, "Slow and steady wins the race". No matter what the task or aim, keep going steadily towards it and you will be more likely to reach it than with a stop start, mad rush approach.


This is an actual photograph of the lighthouse we walk around.

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VinceSummers wrote on October 4, 2022, 5:05 PM

You get to enjoy a lovely view. I wonder how a walker would do around that? Ah, well, I suppose I shouldn't complain. After all, it is a brand new walker. I've heard water is great as an exercise medium.

MegL wrote on October 5, 2022, 6:21 PM

The lower half of the walk, as far as the first cave, is suitable for prams, wheelchairs, etc. After that, there are steps. The flat part of the walk is about a mile long, so, with the return journey, you would walk 2 miles. It is possible to hire an electric bike to ride along the flat part of the path too.