Here’s my mileage goal for the coming new year:
While the graphic above is from today’s New York Times article about fitness trends and facts, it also is my mileage goal for 2020. I’ve worked up to 2,000 over the past several years after one the the most active hikers I know, Carey Kish, first posted a plan for hiking 1,000 miles up here in Maine on his blog, Maineiac Outdoors .
Kish suggests walking for an hour three times during the work week, adding a couple of longer half-day weekend hikes a month, and even to consider adding an 8-to-10 day traverse of the Appalachian Trail’s Hundred Mile Wilderness to reach your own 1,000 mile total. Check out his original 2014 challenge here-> 1000-mile challenge kish . It may inspire you!
In 2015 I succeeded in reaching 1,000 miles of hiking by following Mr. Kish’s program and have evolved to doubling that mileage for figure the past 3 years, with 1,000 miles of biking and the other 1,000 hiking. I believe that alternating both sports reduces injuries from repetitive use and varies my outdoor experiences as well.
I’m a data driven individual, always have been. It’s one of the reasons I continue to enjoy my work as a school psychologist. A big reason I go out on days when the fickle Maine weather says, “Stay in” is the reinforcement that I receive, both positive and negative, from the Strava app that I mate to my iPhone or Garmin eTrex30 GPS. Right now, I’m feeling flush due to this end of the year information:
and this hiking data:
I’ve been working with yearly fitness goals long enough to know that it helps to log mileage when the weather is more favorable. For example, when I was reviewing my end of the year data in early December last year I saw that I had made an error that resulted in my need to cover 100 more miles in 3 weeks of dark, cold, and unusually frigid conditions. It was not so much fun to make up those miles. Another reason I try to bank miles is ensuring that I have miles to draw on when I get injured, which generally ends up in me having to lay off hiking and/or biking at least a month out of the year.
Strava is a free digital service accessible through both mobile application and the web, which offers various advanced features for a monthly payment. If you want to check out the goal setting features for either distance, or time, get a free trial, and if you like the new features, pony up for $2 a month to bolster your chances of sticking with more frequent rides or hikes.
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