“I don’t really need a car.” These were the words that I muttered to just about anyone that would listen a couple of months ago as I was looking for a new job.

Working at Bene had given me me the benefit of a company car, and before that had paid me £400 per month car allowance. Looking for a new job that was office based meant that I couldn’t find one with a company car. Staying local meant that I had to suffer a pay decrease from what I was on before.

After weighing it all up, I decided that working for just over £2k less per month, and not getting a bonus for the first six months or so in a new job, despite being used to it fairly regularly in the latter months at Bene, was doable. If I gave up the idea of a car. I reasoned that I could probably afford a car, but that the running costs would be too much with a smaller wage coming in. Christ knows that things were tight before, now it’s ridiculous.

Fortunately the new work place is about 1.5 miles from home, a perfectly walkable distance. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. Only now have my legs begun aching. Last night I got home and laid down on my bed. From the knee down, my legs were throbbing with a horrible ache. Eventually I took two Ibuprofen which seemed to help and fell asleep.

I woke this morning and my legs are still hurting. I’m not too sure what to do, other than soldier on and ignore the pain. It’s obviously over-exertion which is something my body really isn’t used to. I’m eating more fruit and veg than ever, and I was hoping that’d help my body somewhat with the amount of walking I’m doing. Seemingly not.

I’m going to try to keep the walking up, which is difficult as the exact route I walk is also the same route as the 45 bus which goes past work and my house. My overriding thought is that it’s ONLY 1.5 miles, which is a distance that has never been a problem to walk before. It’s just that now it’s a regular walk, it seems to feel like ten times that distance.

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