Mairi wasn't sure whether she could complete the 1 Million Step Challenge at first. But after registering to take part, she completed steps across the UK, enjoying different scenery and losing some weight along the way.
I first saw the 1 Million Step Challenge being promoted on Facebook. I was interested but, at first, I didn't do anything about it. Over the next few days, I kept going back to the event page & wondering if this was something I could achieve. I talked to friends & family most of who thought I must be crazy to take on such a challenge, I have some problems with my feet & ankles which means at times walking can be quite painful.
"I had just retired & thought this could be a away of keeping me active while at the same time doing something worthwhile."
Committing to the challenge
Eventually, I decided to give it a go nothing ventured nothing gained. I had just retired & thought this could be a way of keeping me active while at the same time doing something worthwhile. Knowing myself, I knew that once I had taken on the challenge I would complete it. I found ways to add in extra steps to my daily activity by never taking a shortcut & always finding the longest way to my destination. Walking on my own gave me time to think & just enjoy my surroundings.
Joined by family and friends
My daughter Dawn walked many of the million steps with me giving us lots of time just to catch up & enjoy each others company. On some of the walk's I enjoyed the company of friends. Most of my walking took place in my hometown of Thurso & surrounding areas On one of these walks to Scrabster where I saw Prince Charles. He had been visiting a local restaurant and I would have missed this photo opportunity had I not taken on this challenge.
"Everything came second to the amount of steps I could get done in a day. The online tracker allowed me to see how others were doing & added a bit of harmless competition."
I also had the opportunity to walk in Dumfries, Eastleigh, Devon & Antwerp these walk's were enjoyed in the company of my family.
Determination to finish
I got blisters on my toes & instep, I wore out a pair of trainers & on the odd occasion I got very wet. The most challenging aspect for me was remembering I had other things I should be doing, like the housework (not my favourite activity). Everything came second to the number of steps I could get done in a day. The online tracker allowed me to see how others were doing & added a bit of harmless competition. I enjoyed every bit of the challenge, raised over £300 for a worthwhile cause, increased my fitness levels & lost a bit of weight. So all in all a very worthwhile experience. These feet were made for walking.
Think you can take on the 1 Million Step Challenge?