After seeing the Country Walking magazine’s #walk1000miles in 2017 challenge on Twitter I decided it would be worth giving it a go. However, it took until the 3rd of January to make the start. Knowing that one needed to do 2.74 miles every day for 365 days to hit the target why didn’t I start on the 1st January? 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 (see below).
So to commence the challenge on the 2nd January I planned what was to become my #WorkWalk. This was a 1.93 mile route that started and finished where I worked and went through two green spaces in Nottingham, namely the Forest Recreation Ground, famous for the site of the Goose Fair in October, and the Arboretum. I completed fourteen #WorkWalk ‘s in January to which I added a walk I have done many times in the past few years (7.25 miles) and one I devised especially for #walk1000miles in 2017 (10 miles). The latter were countryside walks over footpaths, bridleways, tracks and trails close to where I live.
In February I only missed three days where I didn’t walk and was pleasantly surprised just how many miles one can achieve with a #WorkWalk every weekday. Weekend walks were in the local countryside but as a respite from the mud I did three laps of the National Water Sports Centre’s (NWSC) Regatta Lake. March saw four days missed walks but more countryside walks enabled more miles walked this month compared to February. April was a great month and a turning point despite missing four days of walking. This was due to gaining blisters after a Long Distance Walkers Association 29 miles Erewash Valley Trail walk with the Anytime Anywhere group. Also I devised a new walk which took in three historical sites around East Leake and measured 16 miles, and I completed this every weekend in April.
May saw me go through the 500 miles target with a total of 501 miles recorded on the 7th of that month. Then there was a lull with four days in a row missed and a total of ten days when a walk wasn’t recorded. However, with determination I set a target of completing 600 miles before the end of the month and this was achieved on 30th when five laps of the NWSC Regatta Lake were completed which meant 0.7 miles were needed to get to that target. Getting back home I didn’t want to leave it until the next day so literately it took a 2.5 mile walk in the park to go through the 600 mile target. Finally, on the last day of May I added another 11.34 miles with a countryside walk in beautiful weather.
Now onward with seven months left to do 386.84 miles. I am enjoying this personal challenge and thanks to Country Walking for devising it and providing the motivation.
#walk1000miles plan for 2017
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 achieved 501 7th May
July 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 580.88 miles
August 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 665.82 miles
September 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles 748.02miles
October 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 832.96 miles
November 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles 915.16 miles
December 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles 1000.1 miles
Used Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping for route planning and Suunto Movescount to record walks.