Endurance or enjoyment?

I read a post on one of my favourite Facebook pages the other day where a lady was asking about completing the Arran Coastal Way in less days than the suggested six/seven because the daily mileage didn’t seem high enough (slightly paraphrased!) I think I was tired and grumpy and my hackles rose just a little bit. For a brief moment I felt as if my efforts weren’t quite good enough. I am planning to take the whole six/seven days, take in the scenery, explore the caves, swim in the sea and plod along happily… I got over myself!

I’m a 46 (ahem) year old mother, staring the menopause straight in the face, a dodgy hip and 17 years of hypothyroidism under my belt. I never have been and never will be super fit, super energetic and super enthusiastic about notching up as many miles in a day that I possibly can… and it doesn’t matter.

It’s so interesting reading other people’s posts and blogs, finding out about their adventures and their plans, some I would jump at given the chance, and others I would run a mile from (if I had enough energy!) Everyone is different, with different bodies, different opportunities, different wishes and that’s what makes the world go around.

My plan to walk the Arran Coastal Way on my own, wild camping, carrying all my equipment may be a drop on the ocean for some people but it’s a biggie for me, one that makes me nervous and excited at the same time. The reasons are many, life is short and it’s too easy to get dragged along in the everyday of ‘getting by’. So, enjoyment or endurance? Personally, I would choose enjoyment every time.

4 thoughts on “Endurance or enjoyment?”

  1. I absolutely agree we also would always choose enjoyment over endurance. A couple of years ago we took over two weeks to drive the NC500 route in Scotland, stopping off regularly to enjoy the sights and hospitality on offer. If you read some guides on the route they say it can easily be completed in five days!

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    1. Yes! I guess for some people the ‘enjoyment’ is the feeling of achievement at how quickly they can do a walk, climb/drive etc but personally I can’t really see the point in doing something if you can’t enjoy the view along the way! Five days is nowhere near long enough for the NC500, there is soooo much to see!

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  2. I’m with you 100%. I’ve never understood why people treat walking like a race (OK I understand it can be a fitness challenge thing, but if you take that to its extreme—head down, head phones in—you might as well be on a treadmill). I’m a plodder whose stops frequently to look around, take pics, just drink it all in—works for me!

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