I’m sure that by now everyone knows that I am doing Country Walking’s 1000 mile challenge, in which one pledges to walk 1000 miles over the course of a year. Well I also signed up to run 1000 miles over the course of the year. Ask anyone I know and they will tell you that walking isn’t a huge challenge to me, I love walking, if it was socially acceptable I would buy a tent and walk and wild camp for the rest of my life. However, running is a totally different thing… I have never really been a runner, I did the odd distance run at school and when I was a cadet, but for the last few years not run and have avoided taking it back up. 6 months ago I couldn’t manage a mile running, now I can just about do three miles.
So I decided that I’d combine these to make a real challenge and as I have been wanting to raise money for Mountain Rescue for a while though why not combine the two?
And so the 2000 mile challenge was born. The plan being to run 1000 miles and to walk 1000 miles. Now there are some rules,
- general everyday steps do not count, only purposeful walks and runs.
- a walk/run has to be at least 1 miles in length to count, so no doing loads of small things and adding them up
- treadmill running is allowed but walking is not, so regardless of the weather or life I have to make time and face the weather to get outside everyday
- multi day walks are allowed and will be well researched and documented – also multi day walks will result in a few runless days and so a run deficit which doesn’t sound appealing
- although I own a garmin activity tracker it will not be trusted explicitly and all distances will be checked on a map
I will be using this blog and my twitter feed to document the walks/runs and to keep a running total of my target. I have decided that starting next week I will write at least one blog a week documenting either a longer walk or just the most interesting of the shorter walks, I will not be documenting every single one with a blog as that would just result in too much time on the computer.
Walking = 55/1000
Running = 26/1000