A couple of months ago I shared how I was getting fit with the Conqueror Challenge, and today I wanted to just take a moment to share how this has been going since then.
If you didn’t check out the previous post, in a nutshell, I am undertaking a virtual walking challenge and it’s encouraging me to walk more as I log my miles.
There are various challenges I can choose, all over the world, and the one I am walking is Land’s End to John O’Groats. It’s a walk of 1,083 Miles and I have challenged myself to complete this by the end of the year.
So, how’s it going? Pretty well!
As I write this, I have completed a little over 40% of my walk so I am on track to finish it this year, and I am hoping to shave a couple of months off that time. I want to then begin a new challenge and get stuck into it before the worst of winter sets in and puts me off my walks!
It’s just been the Easter school holidays here, which means I walked a lot less over that time. With no school runs to complete and kids that don’t want to walk several miles every single day, my mileage always drops during school breaks. I know this, that’s why I try to get ahead when I can and make the most of term times to walk.
That said, because I am now fully in walking mode, we do walk more than we normally would during these breaks, as I have an eye on my mileage each day.
Looking at my mileage so far this year, I’ve averaged 4 miles a day since I started this a week into the new year. I’m pleased with that.
Before starting this challenge, I would guess that I walked around 10 miles a week, so an average of 25-30 is quite a step up. As this is an average, I also know that I usually walk more than this during the weeks in term time.
I like to aim for 5 miles a day as a minimum during the week, and always feel good on an 8-9 miles day.
School runs, dog walks and the odd extra walk all mean that this just works and fits in each day.
Of course I have been losing the pounds, but more importantly, I feel much fitter. I don’t feel all of these miles, my body no longer aches from miles worth of movement!
Aside from this though, it’s more of a mindset shift. I walk a lot more now when previously I would have jumped in the car. In fact, the car barely moves during the week now, think of the fuel costs I’m saving!
I see opportunities to walk all of the time now, to appointments, to friends’ houses, to run errands, and of course Herbie is going on longer walks.
I love to walk. And I will stick with walking. I have no desire to become a runner, I like to walk.
There’s something mindful about walking, I like the thought of getting out there and getting some fresh air while clocking up a few miles. It can also be sociable as I have been taking walks with friends.
Four months into this challenge and I am definitely all in. I have found a way for me to keep fit that I really enjoy and that fits in well with my day to day life. I am a happy walker!
What do you love to do to keep fit? Do you walk much?