I like walking. Not too far mind you. For example, I wouldn’t go on a 30 mile hike. But, I would consider a 5 or 6 mile walk quite happily, I probably push it to 10 miles with the right shoes.
Mon – Fri, I get up at 0540 and go for a walk, about 2 miles, and then at lunchtime, I will go for a 2 – 3 mile walk. Coupled with my 2 – 4 mile commute (2 miles there, 4 miles back if I go the long way, which I usually do gives me a bit of exercise most weekdays. I try and do a walk on the weekends, even if it is only to walk in to town, let’s say about a mile each way. The only thing that is really likely to interrupt this routine is rain – I always cycle to work, regardless, but I may not go for a walk if it’s chucking it down. If there are droplets in the air, I am more likely to walk than not, so there are tolerances in my regime.
Last year in October, I started recording my walks as I read about Walk1000, this is a campaign to encourage people to walk 1,000 miles in a year. In order to do that, you need to walk 2.79 miles per day, every day. Of course if you walk more than 2.79 miles in any one day, that reduces the amount you have to walk on other days. As it happens, I averaged more than that each day, and there were some days where I didn’t walk at all, typically a Sunday, or if it was wet all day. The beginning of last week saw the year come to an end, and my final figure was about 1,340 miles. Which I have to admit surprised me. I didn’t expect to be able to do it.
Because I like doing it, I’m going to continue to record my mileage until the end of the year. But I am also going to formally register for next years walk 1000.
As usual, here are some random pictures, mostly taken on my walks.