2018 – A New Challenge

So it seems that 2017 was a year of not posting (oh dear!) about any of my walks. However, I not only did lots of walking, but I set myself a new target, which I have mostly kept to since 1st June 2017.

I have been following the #walk1000miles challenge for the past three years and when I totalled up the complete mileage for 2017 I found that I completed 1774.35 miles, so I had more than completed the 1000 miles. However much of this was during my normal daily activities, especially in the classroom, so this year I have decided to complete the challenge ‘boots on’ and will only track the exercise miles towards the total.

2018 Pledge

This will include the nightly walks with my husband on our ‘midnight rambles’ around the local pavements as well as walks like the one I completed today with my roommate from university

Along the Essex Way near Fordham

We have been friends for a very long time, so who better to start the year with after completing last year with a walk around Rougham airfield with my husband?

Rougham Airfield

And the target? Completing my 10,000 steps every day. There were only three days I didn’t manage in the 7 months from the beginning of June to the end of December and I plan to make sure that I keep up this target throughout 2018.

So do you fancy joining me? 1000 miles in a year is only an average 2.74 miles per day. Or, like The Proclaimers, you can walk 500 miles (then walk 500 more if you feel like it!).

I would love your company this year and do let me know in the comments if you will be joining me!


  1. Good going Hilary, and a fantastic way to start the new year x

  2. Carol Alexander-Price says:

    I’d like to join you Hilary. How do I log my distances.

  3. Hilswalker says:

    Thanks for asking Carol

    From the website: https://www.walk1000miles.co.uk/articles/howitworks

    “You can use your activity tracker, GPS-based app on your phone, by map-reading or by using Google Maps to work out each walk’s mileage, and your official progress tracker is inside the February or March edition of Country Walking. Your progress tracker will also qualify you for entry to win competitions with prizes from our partners through 2018. (Here’s where you can get Country Walking magazine.) You can always check how your daily target average changes with your total miles using the mileage calculator on the challenge homepage.”

    I keep a record on my fitbit app and a spreadsheet with formulas set up to track mileage as I input it from each day. I’ll see if I can put a link on here to the basic spreadsheet I use this weekend. I hope that will help you!

  4. Hilswalker says:

    Perhaps you can join us as well Susanne? You have been beating me a few weeks on the weekly stats so you must be doing enough miles!

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