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No such thing as bad weather

Have you heard that fable about the wind and the sun in competition with each other to get the traveller to take off his cloak? I think these past few weeks Wind and his best mate Rain must have a very large bet on with Sun. They’ve tried their hardest to win, all they’ve done is help me walk that little bit faster, one way at least!

Walking in harsh weather after a taxing day at work isn’t ideal, but no reason not to go out. I haven’t spent a fortune on my walking kit not to wear it, my barrier against the elements worn like a shield in battle. But there’s been a chink in my armour taken advantage of a lot this last month. My face has been vulnerable to the freezing wind hitting my eyes, obscuring my vision.

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Tracey Bartlett out in all weathers!

My tears flowing freely, fraternising with the horizontal driving rain that’s piercing my skin like scorching pins. Both trying to force me to retreat somewhere with central heating and a hot drink. During training, when conditions are that angry you give into them only by continuing walking, with your head down, in a submissive like posture.

That’s not ideally how I like to walk. I like to stride with my head up, facing mother nature head on. I want to see the rain beads rolling off leaves, to witness the moon in the sky watching over the first buds of spring and birds flying back to their young. And I must confess, I enjoy watching people puddle dodging, when the next vehicle has the potential to soak them if not timed right… In the words of Rag’n’Bone Man, I’m only human!

The UK National Obesity Forum states we should walk between 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day to qualify as “moderately active” therefore I try to walk a minimum of 8,000 in and around Bexhill each day as part of my basic training for the London to Brighton walk. Sound easy? Not so easy when you’re leading a sedentary work life that eats up 50+ hours of the week. So I’m often forced to make up my steps in the evening, when all I want to do is sit on the sofa with a glass of Pinotage or Malbec, watching re-runs, with my fluffy winter blankie on stand-by (we all have one, don’t we ladies?!)

Since I last wrote, I’ve made a special friend who will join me on the occasional walk. She should motivate me when I am not with my fabulous human walking buddy, Rose. When I asked the universe for a dog, it obviously thought, we better check she is up to the challenge first and along came Nellie a ‘borrowed’ pooch via a website called She is a 5-year-old working Cocker Spaniel described as ‘mad as a box of frogs’. A fun canine with lots of character, who may feature in my future updates. If you need a doggie fix like me (empty nest syndrome anyone?) or need someone to walk their dog for them, this site is worth checking out. Until next month!

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” ~ Alfred Wainwright

Written by Tracey Bartlett.
Business Owner and Charity Fundraiser

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