Happy new year to you all. As promised I'm back with the details of this year's walking challenge.
For the past 6 years I have challenged myself to walk 1000 miles in the year, inspired by THIS great incentive organised by Country Walking magazine. I don't officially pay to join or anything. I just use the goal to motivate my self to get outside. I always simply record my daily total on a calendar bought specifically for this purpose.
How do I know how far I've walked? In the early days I used an online mapping site like THIS to plot my routes and work out distances. Now I either do a route I know the length of, or check the steps on my phone, or do a guestimate based on the amount of time a walk has taken. It really doesn't worry me if I'm a bit out. But I think I tend to err on the side of underestimating, generally. Cheating only cheats me after all.
Last January I started the year by setting my goal a bit higher. Could I walk 1100 miles? It seemed a good idea to change things up a bit. Then came the pandemic and lockdown. I took to using our treadmill in the shed and counting those miles as the busy footpaths seemed too scary. So frustrating. I've never been scared to walk alone, but now I was scared of an invisible enemy.
My walking group had to stop and so did any long walks. But I also had more time on my hands due to my retirement, so lots of short walks, done at quiet times of the day were possible....if not that relaxing!
In the end I managed 1000 miles by late November and just managed to squeeze in 1100 miles by December 31st. YAY! The pictures in this post so far are from that final walk of 2020. On a stunningly gorgeous frosty morning.
Of course living as we are, through the worst pandemic in living history, most of the miles were done straight from my front door. We did have a short seaside break in July...a return to Swanage in Dorset, which again was not the most relaxing holiday, but it was a positive in the year.
Before the second lockdown in November hubby, eldest and I also went for a memorably beautiful and windy walk on Stanage Edge in the Peak district. Somewhere I've always wanted to go...it didn't disappoint. The moors will always have a special place in my heart, being the landscape of my childhood.
Anyway...I'm finally getting round to this year's goal:0)
As I mentioned in my previous post I'm currently finding great benefit from a daily aerobic workout. It's not that I think any less of walking, I just think the two compliment each other.
At the same as time I was considering if it would be beneficial to include workouts and walking as one goal I got an Instagram advert for THIS challenge. Oh, it's 1084 miles to walk from Lands End to John o'Groats...that got me thinking 💡😊.
In the end I found THIS informative and entertaining blog about an actual completed walk, which used national trails where possible and was 1111 miles long....YES!!! that's a great goal. Slightly longer than this year's and I liked all the ones :0)
This version of basically the same challenge also adds a bit of interest in a year when, lets face it, we still may not be able to journey far....well not for a few months anyway. A virtual walk, the length of the UK , done mostly on my local paths seemed ideal. And maybe, just maybe, I might even get to walk a few miles of the actual route at some point....all being well....fingers crossed and all that!
In the end I decided I would allow 1 mile towards my goal for a 20 minute workout. Who knows if I will go off the workouts ( entirely possible ), but at least this way there's no conflict. I'm not going to talk myself out of doing them due to the need to walk. At the same time, even if I workout every day the majority of my challenge will still be outdoors, "boots on" .
So once again I'm starting a new walk tracking calendar, but this year I also have a route I printed from Mark's blog.