At the beginning of the year, I signed up to walk 1000 miles in 2021. I can now confirm, I’m halfway there in 5 months. I have buffer time ….. but only if I keep going. By total coincidence it came on the anniversary of the completion of an 84 mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall on 31st May 2014. 500 miles seems a lot more than that epic journey, but Chris and I did do around 300 miles in training to build up our stamina.
Am I mad walking 1000 miles as a Stage 4 cancer patient? Not quite but working on it (haha). I have several incentives, including:
- As a stage 4 cancer patient, I want to be as fit as possible to withstand any rigours I may face in future.
- It offers mental benefits which are well documented in the annals of medicine.
- I get to see nice sights and places while I’m walking, this adds to the positive mental effect.
- I enjoy photographing some of the sights and posting the pictures on my Facebook page Ronny Allan
- …….. I like a challenge!
For each 10 miles I get to colour in a number on this map of the UK, i.e. a virtual walk across the UK to track my actual mileage. At 500 miles I was in Cumbria so Northeast England, Wales and Scotland still to go – can’t wait! Cumbria was the final location on the 84-mile walk completed in 2014 on 31st May 2014, more spookiness! I might actually do some of the miles in those places still to walk (Edit: Some of them were actually done in North Yorkshire).
I’m not sure if the Proclaimers are famous in US but they were on Letterman (…. in 1989!). See that appearance below.
When I think of the famous song I was alluding to above (…..although I made slight tweaks for contextual purposes), it ties in with another blog post I wrote called “Letter from America”, another hit from the same group. To discover who the group are, you can read ‘Letter from America’ by clicking here.
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