So this post announces my finally meeting the eight million step mark. I had hoped, no struggled to achieve in by years’ end, but did not make it. I had nearly the last two weeks of the year off of work and found that a less structured day makes it hard to get the big step amounts. My missing my goal did give me the dubious achievement of reaching 8 million steps on what is probably the coldest day in the last two decades. Before you think that I am an idiot who walked outside when it was -15 degrees, I happened to have a planned office move that day. Even though it was in the same building and floor it took a while and a lot of steps to get-r-done. I did have to take a VERY brief walk outside to also get my 10K for the day.
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It’s getting hard to come up with cute ways to celebrate my million mile-stones. This one was my quickest million yet and it started with my worst day ever! The day after I hit six million steps I got sick and had my worst effort at an embarrassing 722 steps. I just could not get my ass out of bed that day. The good news is that I have not gone below 10,000 steps in a day since then. In fact, three weeks later I celebrated my best day ever at 31,000 steps (yep I got exactly 31K) and also that week was my best week ever at just over 116,000 steps (that’s over 16,500 steps per day average).
So this is my “clever” way to brag that I hit the 6,000,000 step mark which is roughly 2,700 miles since January 2012. After all of this time walking a million steps doesn’t seem like that much except for when I look at how many weeks it will take to real in my next million. At a 100K steps it would take ten weeks and I haven’t hit that threshold very often. I blame that on the pesky need to work and pay bills.
Sorry that I didn’t come up with a more catchy title, but like a 90 year old man sometimes they just don’t come. It seems like every time I reach one of these milestones the “looking back” includes some type of injury story. It is a “B” getting old, but at least I am not a 90 year old man.
Last Wednesday I passed the 4,000,000 step threshold for roughly 1900 miles of walking since January 2012. I had increased my steps a little each week and averaged nearly 13,500 steps each day the week before. Things were rolling until I started to get a little “tweak” in my left hip. I took it easy for a couple of days and it felt better until I took a walk the next morning and walked up the two flights of stairs to my office floor. I can best describe the pain as what I might imagine it is like to have someone drive a hot knife into my ass cheek as I walked up the steps. Oh and after they stabbed me they twisted the knife. You’ll be proud that I didn’t scream…not even a whimper.
In the continuing saga of my steps to better health I recently surpassed my 3,000,000 step. And I might add that I did this ahead of my projected schedule. It took me nearly four whole months to get to my first million, then almost another four months to reach two million. My next million came a little over two and a half months later. This was buoyed by our vacation hiking in Arizona in which I had my best day ever (28,862 steps) and best week ever (107,946 steps). In keeping with the stats attack my three million steps equates to approximately 1,325 miles which the wear on my walking shoes will attest…last stat (really) is that I am on a streak of twelve consecutive weeks where I am averaging at least 10,000 steps a day.
It was funny for me to read my “one million” post from last May as I prepared to write about my second million steps (That’s nearly 1000 miles walked!). There were set backs of course; sore knees, a July bout with the flu, activities that don’t lend themselves to walking, and a freaking hot summer. I started my walking program in January and expressed at the time that winter may not have been the best time to start. Now over eight months into it, winter was not all that bad. Summer can be a bummer.
Sometime in the afternoon of April 27, 2012 I achieved a milestone albeit a couple of weeks later than I had hoped. On January 1 I started a program to increase the number of steps that I took each day with an ultimate goal of getting 10,000 steps a day. Starting a walking program in January in Pittsburgh probably was not the easiest thing, but I had to start somewhere and now that it is hotter I am glad that I got that start. I am, unfortunately, a sweater and this may restrict how much walking I do on my lunch break unless my co-workers don’t mind a sweaty heap nearby.
We had a cool, but sunny hike which means we were chilled in the shadowy parts and warmed up a little in the open area. As we left on the hike I mentioned to my daughter that I thought that the numerous black bears in the area were probably not active yet. I was kind of joking, but we had seen bears on other hikes in the area. As we entered the park I noticed this big bear trap about thirty yards off of the road. Perhaps I had been wrong about not seeing any bears.
Perhaps not as widely used as “drinking 8 glasses of water each day” or “an apple a day…”, the belief that taking ten thousand steps each day will pave the way towards total health is almost as well known. On many levels that makes sense to me. I have a relatively new position where I work that entails a fair amount of walking 2-3 times per week with some climbing slopes included. I had been doing this for a few months and I noticed something weird. I was able to tighten one more belt hole, my pants got a little bigger, and I didn’t gasp for air when I strode up a steep slope.
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