Every year I tend to make the same New Year’s resolutions – the same as most people I guess – lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily, save money, be more organised etc! And like most people, two weeks in I will have broken most of them! So whilst I would like to achieve all the aforementioned resolutions this year, for the second year running, I am making just one long-term resolution, which is to walk 1000 miles!
On average I walk about 3 miles on a normal working day so my challenge is to walk these 1000 miles with my “Boots on” so to speak, meaning going out for a walk above and beyond my normal day. 1000 miles averages out at 2.74 miles per day, which doesn’t sound like much but between work and well life, this will be a huge challenge for me but one I’m excited about!
Last year I took up this challenge as a great opportunity to explore my new home in Switzerland, it is after all every walker’s dream isn’t it? With the added effect of getting exercise and being outdoors it also requires a bit of organisation skills which I love! Got to love a good spreadsheet!! However, last July whilst walking through a glacial canyon (as you do) I slipped and tore my MCL in my left knee which truly ended my #1000walkmiles in 2018. To be honest, by July I was already well behind my target of 2.74 miles a day so I would have had an uphill challenge to hit my target but was all good practice for this year! Best of all this challenge is free to do!!
The whole challenge originates from the Country Walking magazine. For more details of how you can take the #walk1000miles pledge go to www.walk1000miles.co.uk. With the magazine you get a wall chart to mark your progress and de-stress through colouring in! Last year I also downloaded an app called Walk to Mordor, which let you track your miles marking the 1920.94 miles Frodo and Sam walked from Bag End in Lord of the Rings. When I finish my 1000 miles though I’ll only be half way to Mordor!
Wish me luck!!
n.b. This is not a sponsored post – just a hobby!