Doing anything for 1,043 days in a row is sure to bring its challenges, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day had its share:
- darting out of a basement pub into the New Haven streets before the entrées came
- freezing at night across the Portland bridge in the dead of winter
- doing laps around a friend’s living room between cocktails, clockwise and counterclockwise (I still get teased about that one.)
- rushing up and down a Greek marina before midnight struck
- a hundred other times I needed “just x more steps” before I could call it a day.
I kept my walking streak going for ages while I was looking for a more graceful reason to end it than “I’m lazy.”
When I arrived in Puno, Peru from Cuzco after a seven-hour bus ride, the Inca Trail completed the day before, I knew it was time. My husband and I hit the streets to walk a little before dinner; we visited Puno’s beautiful cathedral with its unusual crucifix out front, featuring a chicken and a pair of dice, and we wandered down some streets looking for a market we had passed in the taxi. After this exploration, I checked my pedometer to see how many steps I had racked up, and it wasn’t even a thousand.
With the city’s very narrow sidewalks, lack of stop lights (drivers would honk as they approached each intersection to ward off a crash), and darkness falling, I decided it was a good time to let the streak end before I got myself killed over it.
Walking about five miles a day for 1,043 days means I walked approximately 5,215 miles during this challenge. That’s a lot of miles. In 5,215 miles, I would get from Connecticut to Uruguay (as the crow flies).
To put it in nerd terms, Frodo and Sam only walked 1,779 miles to get from Hobbiton to Mount Doom, so I could have gone there and back again no problem, and destroyed the ring to boot.
The streak is dead; long live the streak!
#32 (101 things in 1001 days): Walk 10,000 steps a day for an average of six days a week.
Related post: Still Stepping (with four distinct phases to establishing a walking habit)
The streak lasted from October 2, 2010 – August 10, 2013 (1,043 days!)