In the first of a brand-new series tracking my progress through the years, I’m going to be casting an eye over my walks and mileage from the first month of 2020.
My inspiration for this post was found in a recent and brief online conversation with Alex Roddie on social media. Alex raised the idea that getting outside is being marketed as the simple ‘be all and end all’ solution for a world of people’s personal problems (as I understood it).
This is not something I’d previously considered but immediately, I felt a response and realisation growing within me that has provided the impetus for this piece of writing.
I’ve been saying this all year but, I had no intention of walking the full one-thousand miles this year. My aim was purely to walk as often as would seem reasonable and to see, out of curiosity, how many miles I could cover within an average year.
Well, that hunger probably took over – aided by several months of unemployment, lots of free time and the ambition to complete my first National Trail. I have many good memories from 2018 and I look forward to walking my way through 2019…
Again, I won’t be setting out to reach any target but I’ll probably complete this challenge for a third successive year!
It’s Sunday afternoon, as I sit down to write this. A dismal day outside and this is my first visit to my computer since Thursday evening!
I felt physically tired and ‘mentally unwell’ as the weekend arrived. I knew something was up. I’m impressed with myself, for being able to avoid the PC for two whole days (and half of the third). Whether or not that was the issue, I’ve found the time away to have been beneficial.