We have to try, otherwise we will not know what we can achieve

editorial image

Well that was some week! Mid-term holiday? Hardly.

On Day 12 it was Duns Badminton tournament so my challenge task of 150 star jumps was done at 10pm.

Day 13 – press-ups which killed my arms.

I had to rearrange my Day 14 and 15 as we did not ski on the Monday so I climbed the stairs to Dundee swimming pool three times (150 steps) after which I took on the might of the green, red and yellow flumes.

The yellow flume, incidentally, finishes with the tunnel above the diving pool about 10ft high – apparently the whole pool heard my scream as I exploded out of the flume to a rather unladylike “splosh” into the pool – only to be whistled at two times afterwards by the pool attendant for swimming the wrong way. I just wanted to get out of there.

After that adventure we took on the mighty Glenshee tows and icy, windy ski runs at upwards of 1,050 metres for more than four hours – I was absolutely exhausted after that.

Next day was tough as I still had very little energy – luckily we were heading back home so I could rest before my 150 sit ups. Day 17 – after my morning swim I had to take my spinning class with leg weights on. No idea who had that idea, but it made my legs so heavy, especially on the fast sections. My class was grateful they were not involved this time.

Spotty dogs on day 18 with a 50 minute run on day 19, which was difficult. I delivered some thank you letters for sponsorship as I was running. I had to use my spray several times at the beginning, but then got into my stride.

Also, I stopped for a wee chat with a fellow heart sufferer who feels great now that he has his second stent in. He is at the stage I was, in the beginning, of not wanting to overdo things for fear you will make things worse, but it does take time and you need that time to work out what your body can and cannot do. Many people are asking me “should you be doing this?” – well should anyone be doing anything? We have to try things, because if we don’t, then we will not know what we can achieve. It’s when you achieve that you feel great. Step by step is the safest way, though, so don’t overdo things too soon!

My sponsorships are nearly up to £500 now so thanks to everyone who is supporting this challenge.

Did you know that £10 provides 25 callers on the Heart Help Line, £250 covers the cost of an ECG machine and £1,000 covers the cost of a portable defibrillator plus CPR training for the community?

The BHF Go Red for Heart day is tomorrow so don’t forget to wear red. 30 days to go.

See you next week – off to do my 150 bounces on the trampoline now, in the dark so the neighbours don’t think I am a complete lunatic (which many of you, I know, may think already). Lynn