2012 in 2012

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Earlier this week I wrote about how I was finding the idea of training for the MoonWalk quite daunting. I was worried about how I was going to get into a routine, how I was going to find time to train properly, and how I was going to focus my training to make sure I could do the MoonWalk in the suggested six hours as well as enjoy the event.  While I have taken part in events like this before my training as always been flawed, and I was really hoping that in 2012 I could be different – somehow rekindle some of that love and motivation for regular training that I had when I was a teenager and in my early 20s.

Wednesday 27th January 2010

A friend of mine (@shellmoby) has come up with an interesting idea which will get me training now as well as keep me going even after the MoonWalk has finished. It comes from the Gold Challenge for which you have to “travel” 2012 km in time for the start of the Olympics in July this year. Michelle suggested a 2012 in 2012 version of the challenge, where I walk, run or cycle (etc) 2012 km between 1st January and 31st December 2012.

We did a bit of maths on the 2012 km and worked it out as 1250.5 miles in old money – which in turn works out as 24 miles a week or 3.42 miles a day (366 days this year don’t forget). I can currently walk 4 miles in an hour so this challenge would effectively be asking for one hour a day every day for the year. That’s a lot of hours, way more than I spend doing exercise at the moment.  But that’s the point right?

Coleman walking boots... had for years can I have new ones please?!

I like a challenge and was immediately very tempted. But I honestly doubt my ability to achieve it. It would certainly give me focus to my training for the MoonWalk, and would give me something to aim for during the whole year rather than just until May.  If the miles also have to be completed outdoors, adding another element of difficulty to the challenge, it will also help with my “get outdoors” resolution. This isn’t a small task. I would have no choice but to focus on this at the expense of other things (like being a slob).  Just what I need.

So…

My 2012 in 2012 Challenge

  • I will do 2012 km in 2012 – 1250.2 miles.
  • I will include miles I have walked, hiked, jogged or cycled. As many miles as possible should be completed outdoors to fit in with my “get outdoors” resolution. The gym is allowed though.
  • I will include all “on purpose” activities. Wandering around town at lunch time won’t count, but cycling to work will (might encourage me to actually use my bike for work!).
  • This is not a “distance a day” challenge but a “distance in a year” one. This means that I might do 50 miles one week (yea, right!) and none the next. But hopefully will mean I will continue to train all year.
  • I will track my miles on RunKeeper (as I use this to track my exercise anyway). If I hike off road and use the OS Map app instead I will transfer that into RunKeeper afterwards in the interest of keeping all the miles in the same place.

Tuesday 8th November 2011

So far in 2012 I’ve clocked up an appalling 8.22 miles (13.22 km) over on RunKeeper – that is the walk I did on Tuesday afternoon which sparked my The Enormity of the Challenge post and a walk yesterday when I got in from work. I have walked a fair bit in my lunch breaks, but I’ve agreed that wandering doesn’t count as it’s not exercise. I will have to remember to set the app going and march with purpose in my lunch break instead!  I’ve got an awful long way to go (literally) and guess I’m already way behind seeing as it’s a week into the year already, but I’m willing to give it a really good try.  Only 1998.78 km to go!

I’ll obviously keep you updated here and over on twitter with (hashtags #2012in2012 and #getoutdoors).

Thanks Michelle for the idea – I hope I can write some success stories about how well it’s going and one eventually saying I’ve done it!  Anyone else want in on the challenge?

Right… I’m off out for a walk!

 

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.

9 Responses

  1. don’t be disheartened! You’re closer to your target than you were on the 1st Jan. Will be following your progress, good luck. x

    • Thanks, much appreciated – now 16 miles in thanks to a walk today. I will get fit. I will get fit. I will get fit.

  2. Well done! I am doing the Moonwalk this year (3rd year running) but it is the first time I’m doing the full one :-S I’m starting my training tomorrow with a 5 mile walk. Good luck on your challenge!

    • Thanks very much – this is my first MoonWalk, I’m looking forward to it but also pretty apprehensive. All the “reports” tell me it’s a fantastic night though!

  3. polylady250772

    Hi ya, following on from my post on the Walk the Walk wall, i have decided to do this challenge, so will keep you updated of my progress, need to try and set up a blog, but don’t know how, my 2nd year doing the Moonwalk and its a brilliant night

    • Hey there thanks for dropping by. Blogs are easy to set up – try wordpress.com and have a play. Good luck with the challenge! I’m planning on updating my blog once a month and you are very welcome to comment on each post with your running totals etc if you like. Good luck! And thanks re the MoonWalk, I’m really looking forward to it in some ways, and pretty apprehensive in others.

  4. Ok thanks will look at that and give it go, good luck in the challenge as well and look forward to your updates

  5. Good Luck with this and the training for the Moonwalk. I did 2 moonwalks last year and enjoyed it imensely especially getting to the 26 mile point!! lol. This year I’ve decided to volunteer for both Moonwalk London and Edinburgh so I will be there cheering you on.

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