Through Twitter I became aware of Country Walking magazine’s #walk1000miles in 2017 challenge. This seemed to be the ideal New Year’s resolution with an activity that not only improved personal physical fitness but also mental wellbeing. Country Walking stated that all you needed to achieve this target was to walk 2.74 miles every day for 365 days. However, with many commitments, especially from work, would I be able to keep to this schedule every single day? Self doubts began to creep in. But after reading some inspiring stories from people on Country Walking’s website who completed the #walk1000miles in 2016 I decided it would be worth giving it a go. I devised a plan to keep me on target for each month based on the number of days in each month times 2.74 miles. Then I simply just needed to start and my first walk for this journey commenced on the 3rd January. I realised it was steady progress as I hadn’t achieved my January target at the end of that month. The main reason being that the first two weeks of this month involved a heavy workload finishing off UCAS student references and approving their applications. During February I exceeded my monthly target but was over 30 miles under the cumulative total for that month. However, by the end of March I had exceeded the cumulative target by just over 2 miles. Now I needed to keep ahead each month even if it was just by a few miles. April was a brilliant month as I walked almost 211 miles during this period. On 7th May was the break through as this was the date where I hit over 500 miles and therefore reached the half way point with almost two months to spare. I was delighted to be so far ahead of the target I had set myself. Late Spring and early Summer was a drive to keep well ahead of the set targets and then the realisation that I could hit 1000 miles before the end of August if I maintained this pace. In mid August there was a lapse in my recording and as I feed the latest data into Movescount I suddenly found that I had achieved the 1000 miles target a few days after actually completing it. So my journey to a 1000 miles ended on 22nd August which just happened to be pay day! This could be seen as the reward as there was no red carpet or fanfare as I crossed the 1000 miles finish line. This personal challenge was really enjoyable and I was pleasantly surprised to be able to finish it with over four months to spare. Special thanks to Country Walking for devising this challenge and providing the ongoing motivation through Twitter and regular e-mails. I certainly feel physically fitter and the activity provided a vehicle to promote my personal well being.
What next? Well if I completed 1000 miles in two-thirds of the year then it should be possible to complete another 500 miles for the remainder of this year. Perhaps I will start the #walk500more and aim to complete 1500 miles before the end of 2017. On the last day of August and as Summer comes to an end I have walked a fraction over 1030 miles and tomorrow sees the start of a new journey in another season.
January to August monthly totals for #walk1000miles in 2017 both planned and actual
January 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles
January total 36.6 miles (58.91 km)
February 28 days X 2.74 miles / day = 76.72 miles 161.66 miles
February total 91.22 miles (146.8 km) cumulative total = 127.82 miles
March 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 246.6 miles
March total 120.98 miles (194.7 km) cumulative total = 248.8 miles
April 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles 328.80 miles
April total 210.7 miles (339.1 km) cumulative total = 459.5 miles
May 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 413.74 miles
May total 153.6 miles (247.2 km) cumulative total = 613.16 miles
June 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles 495.94 miles
June total 114.6 miles (184.5 km) cumulative total = 727.62 miles
July 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 580.88 miles
July total 130.98 miles (210.8 km) cumulative total = 858.7 miles
August 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 665.82 miles
#walk1000miles target achieved on 22nd August = 1003.5 miles
August total 172.07 miles (276.9 km) cumulative total = 1030.85 miles
Used Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping for route planning and Suunto Movescount to record walks.