The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Friday, 28 February 2014

How February Compared

I’m sorry! I’m about to overshare again. It’s for my own benefit – so feel free to look away now.

The first key stat about February is that on the 22nd of the month my blog hit 7 years old, during which time I have wittered my way through 1251 posts. I haven’t counted the words…

As for the year-to-date stats: from a ‘miles covered’ point of view, February went very well indeed, with 181 miles covered. This is how it looked in comparison with all previous Februaries since records began:


I haven’t got an equivalent yearly comparison graph for ascent, but (perhaps unsurprisingly, with a trip to lumpier parts of the country having featured in the month), February looked rather more healthy than January from an ‘upness’ point of view:


My current ‘best year’ was 2011, when (across the entire year) I covered 1891 miles compared with a target of 1825. That year the running progress of the daily average mileage looked like this:


You can’t possibly read the dates across the bottom, but what it tells me is that I didn’t convincingly break through the target 5-miles-per-day average until 25 March (which was 5 days into our East to West walk).

This year I broke through the five-mile average on 4 January and (to my amazement) I haven’t yet gone back below it. I have my doubts that I’ll manage to maintain such an average through March.


Yep, I still need to sort out the format of that one!

The red dotted line is the target. The pink line is the aspiration. The blue line is the reality.

I’m certain not to break any records in March, as two previous Big Walks have begun in March, and next month’s plans can’t possibly compete with a Big Walk.


  1. Ooh-er, I can't compete with those figures. Very impressive - well done!

  2. I am in total awe of your spread-sheetiness beauty!

  3. I may be lagging sadly (and not surprisingly) behind you, but not some others. My plank count is looking healthier now, 3x10 second planks daily, plus 3x10 second wall seat thingy and a few light weight reps. You'd never know the difference though!