Whooh, it’s the final week of the walking challenge! How are you feeling? Well, don’t be sad, we still have one week to go and I can hardly wait.
This last week is all about reflecting and setting future goals. You have come this far, it’s a waste to throw away your progress. And you might even have started to like walking, right? So no need to stop at all. The only thing to do is to find a way to keep walking incorporated in your daily life.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First I will explain what we are going to do this week. I want to ask you to get a small notebook. Use one page per walk. For every walk, you will first write the distance and details. Then make three headers:
- Easy Peasy
During and after your walk, I want you to fill in the blanks below every header. Under the first one, write down what went well and what you feel you have mastered. Under the second header, write down where you are still struggling with, and what you think could be improved. That can also be something that went so well now, that you want to make it more tough next time. The last header is for things that have surprised you during your walk. It can be anything really. You might have surprised yourself by not needing an extra break, or by climbing that hill in record-time. But you might also have seen a squirrel as nice surprise, or suddenly realised something about your daily routines, or decided to buy new shoes. Basically everything that has surprised you.
These little bits will help you to reflect on your walking, make a plan for the future and work as motivation when you need it. When you feel a bit down and read again about that time you found a hidden forest path, I’m sure you will get motivated right away!
During your walks, also give some thought to how you are going to keep walking in your life. There is really not one solution for that, so you will have to come up with what would fit you best. I would recommend you to keep using the new notebook, though. You might want to keep using the three headers. Or maybe you just want to use the notebook to keep track of your walks, or make plans for the coming weeks. It’s all up to you, but I would urge you to make some definite plan.
And of course, you are always welcome to contact me for tips, motivation or a general chat about walking!
|Walk nr.||What?||How long?|
|1.||Review your pace. Are you still walking comfortably? Has your speed or step-length changed over the past weeks?||3 km|
|2.||Do you still need the same amount of breaks as when you started? Evaluate how tired you feel after each kilometre. Now compare that with what you wrote down a few weeks ago.||4 km|
|3.||Feeling like you have seen the same roads around your house quite a lot lately? Pay extra attention, can you find at least five things you have not noticed before?||4 km|
|4.||Weekend walk. It’s longer this time. But don’t worry, you can do it, you’ll see! Just take your time, the whole Sunday if necessary. You will feel so proud after completing this!||10 km|
Have fun again this week, and with all your walks in the future!