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2012 in 2012 – January Update

How are your 2012 challenges/resolutions going?

I’ve been doing my 2012km in 2012 challenge for one month now and I thought it was a good time to give you a bit of an update.

Public Footpath

First – the all important data…

2012 in 2012 Summary, Tuesday 31st January

Total >> 249.6 km

Average per day (31 days) >> 8.05 km

Total cycling >> 125.3 km | Total Walking >> 122.7 km | Total Running >> 1.6 km

Longest cycle ride >> 18 km | Longest walk >> 20 km

Remaining >> 1,762.4 km to go

[Note all converted from miles to km as I use RunKeeper in miles]

Looking at the numbers I’m actually ahead of where I need to be to get this challenge nailed before the year is out – I should be at either 1/12 of the total (167 km) or 31/366 of the total (170 km) depending on which way you look at it  – either way I’ve smashed it this month. It was really important to have a good January, firstly to get me into this challenge properly and let my body know what is expected of it, and secondly because I know there are weeks coming up soon when I won’t be able to get many km done at all where the extra I’ve built up this month will be needed.

It’s been quite a combination of activity too.  All but 10 km (which was on my exercise bike) was done outside, fitting in with my Get Outdoors resolution nicely.  I ran one mile because I’ve decided to give the Magic Mile thing a go this year.  I did my mile in 9:35 – it was my first run since last July so I’ll take that and be thankful I actually managed it at all.  Now the idea is to get quicker as the year goes on, recording one Magic Mile time each month.  The rest was walking (a combination of tarmac/pavement and footpath due to training for two different walking events this year), and cycling.  All my distances are “on purpose” activities and definitely considered exercise – I haven’t included any wanderings around town or along the beach, or even marching through central London.  I also obviously haven’t included the distance I run during netball club.


As the month has progressed I have learnt a few things about me and exercise and this challenge that will affect how I do things as the year goes on:

  • I can walk quicker when I am not holding my mobile in my hand (eg tweeting or texting). I should therefore just leave it in my pocket when I’m out walking. If I’m power walking I definitely do that now, but I can’t resist taking photos when I’m out walking in the countryside on f0otpaths.
  • When power walking, my first mile is slowest as it takes me a while to get into a rhythm. Also my last mile seems to be slower as whatever distance I go my legs are well aware where home is.
  • I need to eat breakfast. I started by “forcing” myself to have a bowl of cereal before I cycled to work. But I found very quickly that on the days I didn’t cycle (and therefore didn’t have breakfast) I really missed it. So now I eat breakfast every day, even when I’m not cycling to work or not planning on going out anywhere.
  • I look and feel stupid when I use my arms to power walk properly.  But I really have to nail this element to get the power walking thing sorted properly – I’m aiming to do the MoonWalk in 6 hours and so need to be going a little quicker than I am at the moment.

I do have a couple of questions for you:

I have always had the grace of an elephant and tend to stomp about – I’m very heavy on my feet. This means my feet, ankles and knees take a right battering when I walk on any sort of surface (and is probably the reason running hurts too). How can I become lighter on my feet and therefore take some of the pressure off my poor feet?  Is this just a case of getting fitter and having more of a spring in my step?  Or are there strength or other exercises I can do to help?

The second is more about kit. I generally walk and cycle in joggers or leggins, but in the weather we’re having at the moment my legs are getting very cold.  I can layer up on my top half no problem, but need to look at what I wear on my legs.  Any suggestions?

Life is all about the journey… onwards into February!

If you’re feeling generous and would like to sponsor me to do the Walk the Walk London MoonWalk (which may well help motivate my training!!) please visit my fundraising page.  Thank you.

Two Weeks of #GetOutdoors

We’re already two weeks into January – how are those “Resolutions” going?

I seem to have got involved in a range of challenges over the last couple of weeks. There’s my own 2012km in 2012 challenge, a few friends are also doing that in various forms, then there is my friend’s Operation Threadbare challenge (glad I’m not doing that one!), another has promised herself she will do her exercise DVD regularly, many have told me they’ll be doing the MoonWalk in May, there’s a group of us doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, and so on.  Setting ourselves challenges seems to be the name of the game right now. And they’re absolutely great for getting us motivated to start something and keep doing it.

Back on New Year’s Day I wrote about what I wanted from this year – I want to get outdoors every single day – spend more time walking and cycling, going out on the motorbike and in the car just to see places, and just being able to enjoy what the local countryside and towns have to offer.  I then set my 2012km in 2012 challenge, the idea being to do some exercise in combination with getting outdoors so I also get back into a level of fitness and get into the habit of training again.

Since 1st January I’m pleased to say I have managed to get outdoors every day. Even on grotty weather days. Some days I’ve been out all day, others (particularly working ones) I’ve made an effort to get outside at lunch time, even if it is just to march around town.  I’m concentrating on walking in readiness for the MoonWalk and Three Peaks Challenge, and cycling because I enjoy it and can use my bike to commute to work, at the moment, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it.

Yesterday I did my longest walk of the year so far, a 10 mile march here in Lincolnshire on tarmac (lots of tarmac walks because the MoonWalk is first).  I’m trying to make the most of the weekends at the moment because I don’t actually have many free between now and May for long training walks – if I do what I can now, when there is a week where I can’t do much I won’t feel too bad.

And as a side effect I’ve even started eating breakfast every day… I haven’t done that for years. I hope I can keep all this up for the rest of 2012.

2012 in 2012 Summary, Saturday 14th January

Total >> 112 km

Average per day (14 days) >> 8 km

Total cycling >> 59 km | Total Walking >> 53 km

Longest cycle ride >> 18 km | Longest walk >> 16 km

Remaining >> 1900 km to go

[Note all converted from miles to km as I use RunKeeper in miles]

And all outdoors. I’m more than happy with my progress so far.

I also promised myself that my get outdoors resolution would give me lots of opportunity to take photos. It’s not likely I’m going to carry my DSLR all the time, but I have been able to take some iPhone pictures.  These are snaps I took on my walk yesterday.

Lincolnshire View

Lincolnshire View

Lincolnshire View

Lincolnshire View

Lincolnshire Village Church

I genuinely hope whatever challenges or resolutions you’ve set yourself are going well so far. Feel free to tell me about them below!

Oh, and if you’re feeling generous and would like to sponsor me to do the Walk the Walk London MoonWalk (which may well help motivate my training!!) please visit my fundraising page.  Thank you.

Splodz Blogz will be getting outdoors a lot this year… but if you can’t wait for new posts and reviews please take a look at some of these outdoors-themed posts from the last year:


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