A one hundred kilometre walk in forty-four hours
Late 2016 three friends and I completed the Oxfam Trailwalker which consists of walking one hundred kilometres in forty-eight hours to raise funds for Oxfam's projects to aid developing countries. Here's a short recap of the highs and lows on this incredible journey.
On a sunny Friday morning our team commenced the walk in high spirits. We navigated the course stopping at marked checkpoints to refresh. It was smooth sailing until 70 kilometres when sleep deprivation and injures set in. The final 10 kilometres of the walk was the most intense experience of my life! I felt excruciating pain in my feet and had not slept for 40 hours. From the start of the walk we vowed to make it over the finish line as a team. And we did! Only 35 percent of teams do.
Reflecting on the longest walk I may ever complete in a single attempt, I see what a valuable experience it was. The walk was a reminder to say yes to challenges and to be committed. From these two actions amazing things happen – the strong friendships formed through training together and knowing we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
Ultimately action is what brings us closer to where we'd like to be whatever the destination. The point is to start, to keep going and to bring good people on the journey. At the end of the journey it's time to rest, reflect and celebrate! Yes!!!
Top 4 reasons to get walking
- Walking is a great low impact exercise
- Walking takes you outdoors into fresh air
- You can walk on your own or with friends
- Walking provides good thinking time
"We frequently walk with the sole purpose of getting from one place to another. But where are we in between? With every step we can feel the miracle of solid ground. We can arrive in the present moment with every step." – Thich Nhat Hanh
This week, say yes to a challenge and be committed. There may be times when it feels like you can't but if you stick with it you won't regret it! It only takes one step at a time. Hold yourself accountable by telling a friend and share this post with a friend.