Well 2018 has come to an end and so has my 4000 mile walking challenge.
This challenge may have been the toughest and trickiest thing I have attempted in my life but it also has been the most enjoyable.
I have met and walked with some really interesting people, made new friends, discovered new routes and places and also learned so much more about what I am capable of doing both physically and mentally.
So did I complete the challenge?
Despite my best efforts to schedule my walking around work and family life, I ended the year 93 miles short of my goal. I simply ran out of time.
I always knew that there was a risk of coming up short but I thought is worth giving it a shot spurred on by my 3000 mile challenge in 2016 when I actually reached over 3500 miles.
Although I didn’t reach my 4000 mile goal I am still very happy about reaching 3907 miles which is the furthest I have purposely walked in my life and I can start 2019 happy in the knowledge that I gave it my best shot and achieved something I never thought possible five years ago.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my family for their support despite the many inconveniences and upheavals that my challenge often caused for our family life. I must also say a big thank you to the Walk Fife team and our wonderful walking community. Your suggestions, advice and support has really been above and beyond from what I had expected when I first started out on this challenge.
Set yourself a walking challenge
Taking on your own walking challenge is a good way of not only improving your overall well-being but it really does change your view of what is possible.
You don’t have to opt for a huge number of miles you could start off with a goal of 10, 50 or 100 miles. The number of miles doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are getting out there and working towards a goal that you once thought wouldn’t be possible.
I guarantee that you will not only find out a lot more about yourself and your abilities but you will also learn more the environment around you.
This latest challenge has taught me a lot about what is possible when it comes to taking on long distance walks and I think I am more aware of what I am capable of and now it is time I take a break from challenges for a little while. During 2019, I will instead focus my energy on helping the Walk Fife team develop our website and community further and encourage other to hit the trails and explore more of Fife and Scotland.
If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at email@example.com or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.