I’ve done it! As of last night, I’ve officially completed my #walk1000miles challenge and with one whole month to spare!
At the end of October, I had 922.25 miles in the bag. Let’s take a look at how November 2017 went.
04/11 – 4.5 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
05/11 – 12 miles – The Posset Round, North Somerset
(led by Brunel 20s and 30s)
11/11 – 2 miles – Mynydd Llangorse, Brecon Beacons
12/11 – 5 miles – Swansea Valley, Brecon Beacos
16/11 – 8.5 miles – Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire
(Wales Coast Path)
17/11 – 12 miles – Narberth to Llawharden, Pembrokeshire
(led by Brunel Walking Group)
18/11 – 12.5 miles – Manorbier to St. Florence, Pembrokeshire
(Wales Coast Path – led by Brunel Walking Group)
19/11 – 7.5 miles – Saundersfoot to Tenby, Pembrokeshire
(Wales Coast Path – co-walk leading)
25/11 – 7 miles – River Parrett and Huntspill, Somerset
26/11 – 5 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
28/11 – 1.25 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
30/11 – 1.25 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
Total for November 2017 = 78.5 miles
For a winter month, it’s been a busy one for me! From walk leader training and navigation in the Brecon Beacons, one weekend… To four days of coastal walking with Brunel in Pembrokeshire, the next!
Funny thing is, I had walked an extra 5.25 miles (compared to this year), come the end of November 2016! Yet still, I fell short of my one-thousand mile target, one month later.
Although, I would end that month with a tally of 873.75 miles for the year, which would still have left me with a figurative mountain to climb in December.
Now, of course, I’m free to walk as few or as many miles as I choose! I’m pleased to have completed this challenge one month early, so that I can hopefully relax a little bit and begin to enjoy my walks as I used to.
I’ve found it difficult to complete this challenge, as I’ve been doing it ‘boots on’, as they say in the Facebook group… It’s demanding and requires a lot of commitment every weekend. Working regular hours, five-days a week, I could regularly walk all weekend and no make an allowance for ‘time out’ in between.
Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy regular walking and I’m certainly aware of its benefits. But I have too often been feeling the “need” to walk often, which is why I won’t be undertaking the challenge again in 2018.
I’m sure I’ll still keep a log and record of my miles. But, I’ll be able to ‘decide not to walk’ certain weekends and hopefully not look back on it later, as a missed opportunity to rake in the miles.
If you haven’t already signed up for or attempted the #walk1000miles challenge (or the slightly-more-achieveable #walk500miles), I hope you’ll consider giving it a go. If not then, consider logging your miles and perhaps you’ll be surprised to notice just how far you can walk in a year.