At the end of September I am travelling to Peru to trek the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and it's now May and I have hardly started training for it at all which isn't great. I'm going with my friend Stacey and we thought that to start our training we would give Snowdon a go. Stacey has already done Snowdon about 7 or 8 times for training when she went to Everest Base Camp but it was all brand new to me. I think I underestimated just how unfit I was, I mean I get out of breath just walking up the stairs in work to the meeting rooms never mind walking up a Mountain! I go the gym a couple of times a week but nothing prepared me for just how tough I would find this Mountain. Me and Snowdon are now sworn Nemesis's, although I do think we could become friends after a few more attempts!
My cousin Tricia came along with us too because Snowdon is something she has always wanted to give a go as well. Unlike me, she didn't struggle that much until we were nearly at the Summit but she found coming down the mountain much more difficult than going up. I am so proud of her because she managed to get up without using trekking sticks which is something to be so proud of, especially for your first time doing it. She actually said afterwards that it was harder than giving birth! Haha!
It's been two days now since we did Snowdon and the pain I am feeling is still very much real. My legs feel like they are made of wood and I am walking like Pinnochio probably did when he was a wooden puppet but every time it hurts I just remember why and I feel so proud again.
I think I definitely learnt something up that Mountain on Sunday. You can achieve anything you set your mind to. No matter how much you want to give up or want to quit, just keep going, think positive and you will get there. Mind over Matter and you can achieve things you didn't think you could.
I would highly recommend giving Snowdon a go if you want to challenge yourself. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done!