One Thousand Miles in My Shoes

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One thousand miles.  To anyone who travels, even moderately, it doesn’t sound like such a great distance.  It’s half the distance between Dallas and Seattle.  It’s less than the distance between Dallas and Atlanta.

It doesn’t take long to make a thousand mile flight.  Driving a thousand miles is no more than a two-day drive.  It’s not such a long distance.

But one thousand miles is a long walk.  Breaking it in to small pieces doesn’t change that.  It’s a long, long walk.  I decided on March 6, 2012 that I would walk 1000 miles beyond my normal, daily, routine walking before the end of 2012.

When I set the goal, I calculated that I would need to average about three and one-third miles per day.  That should be easily doable, I reckoned.  At my typical pace, that amounted to just over 45 minutes per day.  Piece of cake!  Or so I thought.  What didn’t register with me was that there would be days…lots of days…when the weather made walking deeply unattractive.  And there would be days…lots of days…when I would have other obligations and couldn’t get out to walk.  Or there would be places I would travel that argued against making the full three and one-third miles.

The solution was to do what I have done several times this year as I came to realize how far behind I was getting…walk much, much further when my feet would cooperate.  Many days, I walked four, five, six, seven, or more miles.

The closer I got to my goal, the more acutely aware I became that 1000 miles is a long walk.   On Christmas eve, I realized I had about seven days left and about ten miles to go.  And then the temperature plunged and snow and ice interrupted my walks.  Ten miles began to seem like a very, very long way.  But, I got it done.  As of this morning, I passed my 1000 mile goal.  It feels good to have done it.  I enjoy walking, though my knees and my ankles are no longer thrilled at the prospect of several miles per day.

According to RunKeeper, the iPhone app I used to track my time and distance, I spent 291 hours, 43 minutes, and 21 seconds to reach my goal, burning 135,273 calories in the process.  I impressed myself!  But lest I get too impressed, I need only consider my young friend who set a goal to bike 1013 miles by December 31…she achieved her goal before the end of July.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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One Response to One Thousand Miles in My Shoes

  1. druxha says:

    Try not to compare your victory to someone else, John! You’ve done a splendid job!! You kept at it, you finished, and on time….A+’s across the board! Enjoy your victory…and your seafood lunch today! You’ve earned it my good man! 🙂

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