I lost my Mum in 1985. She went far too soon, she was only 47, so when I heard “these boots are made for walking”, the Walk All Over Cancer theme tune, I just had to sign up to the 10,000 steps a day challenge. Now that I’ve thought about it I realise that this is going to be a huge challenge for me. I currently walk little more than 10,000 steps a week, and that includes those on the treadmill on the occasions when I do go to the gym. Incidentally 10,000 steps will be nearly 5 miles a day, so I’ve really got to up my game to get these steps done in March, but raising money for Cancer Research is such a good cause and I know it will motivate me to achieve this challenge.
I want to raise money to ensure that the advances in cancer prevention and treatment continue and to ensure that the survival rate for breast cancer continues to improve. If Mum's cancer had been in 2019 she would have had a much better chance to survive it.
06/03/2019: Day 6 of the challenge and I'm on track averaging 10,715 steps a day. Day 1 was brilliant, it wasn't a work day for me so I stepped out and marched around our local streets in my bright pink cancer research t-shirt. I had so many encouraging smiles and greetings. My husband joined me over the weekend and to his delight, we did manage to stop at a few pubs during our walks. On my working days I'm getting most of my steps in on the treadmill before work, I'm even lining up outside the gym at 6.30 a.m. waiting for it to open! I am so motivated to complete this challenge and I love it when my fitbit vibrates to let me know that I've reached 10,000 steps.
01/04/2019: I DID IT! I have completed The Walk All Over Cancer Challenge and have walked at least 10,000 steps every day in March, I have surprised myself by not only achieving it but smashing it! I have walked a total of 347,008 steps in March, an average of 11,194 per day (173.5 miles).
I can’t say that I found this easy, some days were particularly tough especially when there were still over 2,000 steps left to do at the end of the day, but your sponsorship money kept me motivated. March was a poignant month to be doing this as my Mum’s birthday was in March, she would have been 81 this year. She went far too soon, she was only 47. I’ve certainly been thinking a lot about her as I’ve been pounding the pavements and the treadmill. It was particularly special to end the challenge on Mothers’ Day and what a fantastic feeling it was when my fitbit vibrated for 10,000 steps yesterday. I was out walking with my daughter and husband and of course we had to stop in the pub to celebrate!