Walk 1000 Mile 2017 Challenge
I am all set and ready to go for my #Walk1000Miles Challenge in 2017 with Country Walking Magazine. Here is my pledge Certificate.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Challenge in 2016 and here are some of the main things I got out of it.
I completed the Challenge at the end of October 2016 and celebrated my success on the Old Man of Coniston, in the Lake District, Cumbria with a combination of three of my favourite things – A Mountain, Snow and a Mug of Tea!
At that point I set myself a target of another 250 miles to the end of the year and that seemed fully achievable. However that was not to be the case as I started to have problems with my left foot.
I had suffered from intermittent knee pain most of the year however physiotherapy seemed to have cured that.
I found that I had a lot of pain in the bottom of my foot, which made walking quite uncomfortable. Having got into the habit of a nice 5 mile walk each day, my frustration levels soon started to rise as the discomfort increased and my mileage decreased.
It was found that I had a problem with the metatarsal area in the bottom of my foot, which meant that the weight from putting my foot on the ground was causing excessive pressure, which was leading to pain. This is not good for a walker!
It was also established that my right leg is slightly longer than my left, which is why I have often thought that I look lop-sided, when I look at myself in the mirror.
I had a gait analysis and found that I place one foot flat on the ground as I walk and the other one rolls slightly as I walk.
I now have some orthotic insoles in my walking boots, which should hopefully help me to walk more evenly. Apparently these insoles will now cause both feet to roll slightly, in order to create more balance. So, if you see me lopping along a path, swaying from side to side, I am not drunk in charge of a walking pole!
I went for a walk yesterday with the new insoles. I experienced some of the old pain, but not until quite late on in the walk, so that is a very good sign.
The podiatrist has said I need to take it easy to get use to them. The Consultant has said the same thing to allow the inflammations between my metatarsal bones to go down.
So, 2017 may start off relatively slowly with walking.
The weather on 1st January 2017 is not helpful – it is raining! I am a bit of a fair weather walker. If I get caught in rain whilst I am that, that is one thing. If it pouring with rain before I start, I will probably wait until it clears up a bit.
I finished 2016 on 1181 Boots on Miles. This has been tracked using a free app on my phone called Endomondo. Here is the chart for the year.
One of the things I shall be doing in 2017 is to be more consistent with my walking. My Healthcare professionals have told me it is much better to walk less, but more regularly rather than sporadically walking, not walking and then trying to catch up. That leads to injuries, which I discovered. Here is my monthly chart on Endomondo.
I am really looking forward to the #Walk1000Miles Challenge this year. I shall count the “boots-on” Miles again, where I get out the door and go for a walk. I am aiming to walk every day, with most walks ranging between 3 and 5 miles. I have got some longer 6-8 miles ones that I am looking forward to doing again. Based on my experiences from 2016, those have been a comfortable range for me, although I would be delighted to be capable of doing longer walks.
I would also like to walk more of my 1000 miles in mountainous areas this year.
Here’s to a happy, healthy Walking 2017!
The #Walk1000Miles Challenge is free to do. If you would like to join in, you can sign up here.