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Fitness Challenge 2019: February/March

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1. Aim to walk 100 miles

2. Do something active every day

3. Set aside 15 minutes 5 days a week for yoga

4. Start planning at least one long-distance hike this year

5. Buy trainers for exercise classes

Since the start of 2019, I’ve set myself monthly goals to get fit. So in February, I set out the above goals. Did I succeed? Umm, no. I didn’t get the trainers, I kept procrastinating about planning the hike, I forgot about the yoga. Even the simple ‘do something active every day’ was sometimes forgotten about. What I have learnt though is that when I get distracted in my life – for good and bad reasons – the fitness regime gets forgotten about and left to one side.

On the positive side, although I did not reach 100 miles (coat-on, I’m sure I would have exceeded it had I counted every step I did), I reached 88 miles, nearly 100 and better than January’s 74 miles.

Notable Walks


Pictured: A scene from the Muker walk

River Swale walk, Richmond (6 miles or thereabouts)

Muker to Tan Hill Inn and back (17 miles on my pedometer!)

Walk to Brockholes Nature Reserve (11 miles)

Walk into Preston city centre (8 miles)

88 miles. Running total: 162 miles (I’m also aiming to walk 1,000 miles by the end of 2019).


I had the same goals as last month but it gets worse instead of better! (Now you see why I didn’t update this post earlier!) I walked a grand total of 58.1 miles, just over half of my target. Nowhere near good enough.

58.1 miles. Running total: 220.1 miles

Notable walks:


Pictured: A view from the Sherwood Forest woodland walk

Sherwood Forest woodland walk (7.4 miles)

Ainsdale Sand Dunes (6-7 miles or thereabouts)

The one goal I did achieve in March was to plan at least one long-distance hike this year.

So in May, Simon and I are planning to walk the entire Cuckoo Way/Chesterfield Canal – 46 miles – in two days! The 240-year-old canal traverses Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

In June, my friend Caroline and I are planning to walk Preston’s Guild Wheel. It will be 21 miles in 2 days and encircles the city of Preston.

Perhaps the Guild Wheel should have come first on the fitness schedule?! ☺️

So, as you can see, now I really do have to get a reasonable level of fitness.

So for April, I have the similar targets to before but as there is a goal I have made it harder. Will the proposed weekend hikes focus my mind? Let’s see…

1. Aim to walk 100 to 125 miles

2. Do something active every day for 5 minutes

3. Set aside 15 minutes 3 days a week for yoga (I’ve tried to make this more achievable by aiming for 3 rather than 5 days)

4. Buy trainers for exercise class 

5. Go to at least 4 exercise classes in April




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10 thoughts on “Fitness Challenge 2019: February/March

    1. Goals are very flexible, there are some people who would have much higher mileage goals than me (and stick to them!) and others who have running goals (running sounds too painful for me!) I love goals because it’s something to aim for and can suit the individual. So far I’ve not achieved my 100 miles goal but it does motivate me to go out and walk more and for me that’s the main thing. 🙂

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    1. I’m seeing it as a monthly challenge, if I don’t achieve it one month I will do my best to do it next time. And hopefully at some point, I will be able to raise the goal. (That’s the hope anyway!) I’m hoping it will get easier with the longer days and better weather. And yes, walking in beautiful areas is always a very good incentive. 🙂

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  1. It is the weather though likely hindering you I know that happened to me and continues to happen Clare. I feel like I can’t get any traction with the walking. This week looks good until Wednesday night – a wintry precip. Where you did walk is fabulous though. People have told me when I’ve remarked on my lack of miles, that the year is young – well maybe in February – we’re done with the first week of April already!

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    1. We’ve been lucky in the UK so far this month, having a very pleasant sunny spell at the moment (at least in the North West) but generally the weather can be very unpredictable in spring (and other times of the year!) One day it can be sunny and the next blustery and rainy. And it’s very hard to get motivated on a rainy day! At least the weather should hopefully keep improving and that will make it much easier to get out and about. 🙂

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      1. I agree with you – we had a blustery day today with winds gusting and rain pelting down – not nice at all, but at least we were not part of the “bomb cyclone” that most of the Midwestern U.S. got. Your nice weather now makes up for 2018 with all the snow, then the horrible heat.

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