Farewell 2018, hello 2019
2018 didn’t go to plan fitness wise. I have a multitude of excuses but it all honesty they aren’t good ones so I won’t try and justify things.
One thing that I did gain in 2018 is focus. I realised that I prefer walking to running. I realised that I am responsible for what I eat. I realised that as I get older the health risks increase. Most importantly I realised that I want to make the changes I have spent two decades talking about. I am sick of clothes not fitting and feeling sluggish from crap food.
It is a cliche to say the new year is a new start but I am going to jump on that bandwagon regardless.
As I have mentioned previously, I have signed up for the Lakeland 50 in July 2019. I am a long way from where I want (and need) to be fitness wise for this challenge. Training starts in earnest once the New Year celebrations are out of the way and to add some focus to it I have signed up for not one, but two challenges. I mentioned the County Walking 1000 mile challenge in my last post, and to add to the fun I have signed up for Trail Magazine’s #everesteverywhere challenge. The aim of this is to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest’s 8848m by totalling up ascents over the year. Some of the regular walkers will complete multiple Everest’s but I am setting my stall out for one to start with.
As a result this site is likely to take on a walking/hiking theme but I can’t promise not to keep throwing other random stuff out. Once I figure out how to do it I will create a tracker that will show how far along I am for each challenge.
The 1,000 mile challenge is 2.73 miles a day. I am planning to only count walks of more than one mile rather than totalling my regular daily movements. There are no hard and fast rules but I want to use constant walking rather than moving around the office as my method of gains.
I am planning a similar approach for #everesteverywhere and using longer walks rather than day to day general movements. I might be making it harder for myself but that is part of the fun, right?
Fitness wise, I am not setting any targets other than to improve it. I hope that the two challenges combined with better food choices will do the job. I am keeping records and will share any progress as I go.
Let me know in the comments if you are completing any of these challenges and how you plan to tackle them. Also feel free to follow my adventures on social media. I’m on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for reading.