My peak challenge 2018

I’m back peaking again for a third year! Registration for My Peak Challenge 2018 is open and I will be rejoining.

Read about why I joined My Peak Challenge in 2016.

Previous years’ challenges

My challenges and achievements over the last two years:

My peak challenges 2016
My peak challenges 2017

My peaker experience

Once you start peaking you can’t really stop. I slipped a little in some of my challenges last year, especially the healthy eating part. I lost 18lbs in time for my wedding, then some of it slipped back on somehow 🤔

I’m trying not to worry myself too much about it though. As long as I complete at least two or three big challenges that’s a major personal achievement for me.

I mostly run, walk, hike and sometimes cycle. This is the exercise I enjoy most as it gets me outdoors. For me, running is still very challenging. Some days I can keep going, other days it’s a real struggle. I’ll always keep trying though!

Exploring Scotland and writing my blog is my main non-physical challenge.

Donations to Bloodwise and Marie Curie

In 2017 I donated to Bloodwise through buying a membership to My Peak Challenge, sponsoring fellow peakers and raising funds via my very own Just Giving page.

This year I’ll be donating via my membership and separate donations to peaker group challenges. In 2018 we are also raising funds for the charity Marie Curie.

My own peak challenges for 2018


I will sign up for some of my favourite runs and try a few new ones:

Running My progress
May – Troon 10k
May – Road to the Isles 10k
July – Run the blades 10k
September – Isle of Cumbrae 16k
October – Dramathon 10k – new (maybe)
Run a 10k in under one hour
Run/walk 2018 miles with peakers as part of the Run the Year challenge
Run at least three times a week

Hiking, exploring, blogging, photography and video

I’d love to explore more of Scotland, take photos and write about it. Writing is still a big challenge for me. I do love it though and always happy to share my stories and photos. There are so many places I want to see. It will be mostly day trips as this is cheapest way for me. There will be some camping too. I might add more to this list.

Explore My stories
Climb my second Munro and hopefully more Scottish mountains. I’d like to hike the Cobbler and Beinn Narnain first ~ or maybe it’s Narnia 😍
Loch Doon, Ayrshire
Ailsa Craig, Ayrshire
Hidden Valley, Glencoe, Highlands
Dean Castle and Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Kilmarnock Town Trail, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Isle of Arran – The Holy Isle, Ayrshire
Isle of Arran – Three Beinns hike/walk, Glen Rosa, Ayrshire (my photo on this page)
Isle of Arran – explore lesser known hill routes and find some of the 17 trig points
Long walks (still to decide what one)

  • Isle of Bute West Island Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path

Drive the North Coast 500

Isle of May to see the cute Puffins

Non-physical challenges

Challenge My progress
Healthy eating – I totally strayed off my healthy eating plan last year and gained weight. I know fine well what I’m supposed to be eating, so it’s totally my own fault.  This year I will try to eat healthier and lose at least 21lbs.
Creative challenge – I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw or paint. I want to be able to draw and paint a tree in my hall when I eventually get it decorated!
Reading – this is not my strong point. I really need to work on this and read more books.
Training – sign up for online training courses to learn about digital marketing, web development and design, photography and video.

I’ll try my best to work towards these goals this year. Sometimes things don’t go to plan though.

Stay positive and keep challenging yourself!

Dawn-Marie x

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