Walking Challenge 2018 part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my 3 parter on the walking challenge this year! The next part will be about the results and ceremony and some final thoughts. But this week I will go through what happened throughout the challenge. For the first part check it out here!

Week 2

I won week 2! Much like last year where I Just went out and walked as much as I could! Walking in and out of work was required to keep it going and running at night helped a lot too! I ended up 10,000 steps behind the guy who won last week overall. Getting some steps back was the aim as I knew I wasn’t going to get away with letting someone keep that many steps ahead of me. I wanted to win this year and it seemed like the other person was walking and cycling compared to last years winner.

Week 3

Well, I was wrong. I walked and ran an awful lot and walked almost 200,000 steps that week. I felt confident that I had topped the charts until I saw the table. The winner of the first week had topped again, meaning I wasn’t catching him at all. But he had walked 251,000 steps in one week. I was so deflated and memories of last year came flooding back. I had very much hoped that I would be in the mix until the last week.

I had said to myself from the start that I would not cycle or count the steps from cycling at the gym. It all had to be from steps. I would feel as if I was cheating a little bit if my phone or pedometer caught those “steps”. Maybe next year.

Final week

It was marathon week and I knew I had a good 50k of steps coming my way, but I had to get some decent running in, so I ran a fair bit over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I had the worry that I was going to make my feet and legs a little too tired before the race. But it had to be done!

After the marathon, I was shattered and very hurt, but steps had to be done for the last few days. I tried to take it easy, but Tuesday was a total loss stepwise. I tried my best to make up for it the last few days of the challenge, but I knew I wasn’t going to win, but I wanted to see if I could win something from the challenge, but coming first was out of my hands now.

The overall feeling that although I had walked so much, that I still most likely would not win because of that one week where someone either walked or ran a hell of a lot (over 34,000 steps a day) or in the most likely case had a long cycle over the weekend was a little hard to take. But it happened last year so I knew it would happen again in some way. The 3rd week was just very disheartening to see that 251,000 steps at the top and I think it affected me the final week a little.

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