The Walking Challenge

One part of my ongoing recovery efforts involves a weekly visit to the gym. My gym is located in the grounds of the North Melbourne Football Club. One of the great benefits for me is that being at a football ground means I can ‘walk’ around the oval without any walking aids.

I park the walker and set off for a wobbly stroll. The aim is to get faster and less wobbly each time (luckily the fence surrounding the ground becomes a handrail if I need it!). The challenge I set myself is this: to be able to do two laps by the end of 2018. For reference, I have done this on average once a week for about 3 years and have reached 1 lap capability in the last 6 months or so.

I will be keeping a record here of my ‘performance’ completing each lap:

Lap 1

13th February 2018

First go, suspect I forgot to stop the ‘clock’ when I finished my lap!

First attempt 13th February 2018
Lap 1

Lap 2

22nd February 2018

Not faster, but within the margin of error surely?

2nd Attempt 22nd February 2018
Lap 2

Lap 3

27th February 2018

Getting in the swing of things now. I think there was smoke coming off my shoes…


Attempt 3 27th February 2018
Lap 3

Lap 4

6th March 2018

Suspect I might have to get used to this – to expect time improvements every lap is probably not gunna happen. If my recovery ‘journey’ tells me anything, expectation is a b*itch.

6th March 2018
Lap 4

Lap 5

27th March 2018

After a bout of manflu limited my laps, this is my first serious lap since defeating the insidious affliction. It wasn’t as slow as I expected, but it weren’t that quick either really.

I know, I know, its been an age since my last posted lap! But I wouldn’t lie to you, I promise I have been regularly doing my lap. As a perfect example of the limitations I feel post stroke, I have just been so busy I haven’t had the energy to post….sorry. (Also I cant do a lap in the rain or when its too windy as it will blow me over!)

I know I wont be believed, but I totally forgot to record the time but I PROMISE i did a sub 9 minute lap – 8:40 to be exact. But here are the laps I actually remembered to record!

Lap 6 ish

19 June 2018

Lap 7ish

26 June

Basically, I am getting faster but nothing too drastic. My goal is sub- 9minutes. Actually recorded sub 9 minutes. Then I will revert back to the original goal of two laps!

There are many others but I am technologically challenged but I didn’t record my blistering performance….

Lap Winner!

7 August

I admit that I have artificially created a ‘9 minute’ barrier for my walking lap. But it has (d) become my marker of successful improvement. Apart from the aforementioned phantom sub 9 minute lap, I did it officially this week

I am really quite proud of cracking the 9 minute barrier. Now its time to establish some new goals; sub 7 minutes or two laps? I cant decide…


After weeks of going of rain and windy days preventing me from walking my lap, I finally got a nice day to ‘burn some rubber’. I decided to walk the other way around the oval, which seems liked it must be a faster way round!

Seems like the 9 minute barrier is a thing of the past, even if it felt like I might have been walking a bit faster because I was worried about getting swooped by a magpie….

Lap Something (?)

I have lost count of my laps, so I am going to start the countdown again. But this was another pleasing lap time, seems as though I need to reassess my target time and see if I can get down to a 7 minute lap?