I've lost most of the pain in my calf muscle apart from when really pushing off on it or stretching it extensively. I can walk pretty normally now which bodes well. Having rested it and iced it for a good few days I've been advised to push it along a bit so I've started doing a bit more targeted exercise on it.
I had thought I'd left the stupidly early mornings behind, but on Thursday morning I dug out the headtorch and met with Rich at 6.30am just up the road. This session had a number of aims.
First I wanted to see how my leg was getting along. It seemed fine and coped well with a 4 mile outing, albeit with no pack weight and not too fast.
Secondly to get some photos of us in our shiny new sponsored kit which we'd just received back from Sue at Heatherhill Farm Embroidery in Bamford in the Peak District. Possibly a little of the "all the gear, no idea", but I'm happy with the desert look at this stage.
|I'm the tall one (not stood on a rock) on the right.|
|Kat from BBC Radio Sheffield wasn't used to being up so early - she didn't even have time to dry her hair!|
|Despite the look, I'm actually feeling better about my recovery at this point|
Our fund raising has now reached over 90% of our £5,000 target, and today stands at £4,657 and hopefully with a final push we should hit the target before we go.
The final bits of kit preparation are coming along well, although I'm struggling to bring my overall pack weight down below 10.5kg before adding water. That's a fair bit heavier than I was aiming for, despite cutting off almost 100g from my rucsac and seemingly trimming the rest of it down as far as I think I can. I may change my views a bit after practicing with it in the Sheffield Hallam University heat chamber from tomorrow, and probably even more once I get to the desert and experiencing the conditions, and seeing what others have packed.