|Taking The First Step (7/23/2011)|
At that time, July 23, 2011, this page was named "A Half million steps or more..." It began this way:
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." ~Lao-Tzu
They say 5 miles is 10,000 steps. I figure I have about half-a-million to go before this is done.
|Santa Barbara Wine Country in the Fog (9/2011)|
Since beginning this journey, I have logged nearly 115,000 steps - and that's skipping almost a month of training. My aim was too low. After reworking the data and making a modestly progressive assumption for the months of training to come, I have to restate my goal and change the name of this Album.
"Towards a Million Steps..." Catchy, eh?
UPDATE: January 27, 2012
I have been sucked in and mired in the reality of working in Los Angeles. The situation is less rosy.
|Dover, DE. 12/11|
UPDATE: March 17, 2012
As it stands, this year's attempt has ended. I wish all the best to my friend Charlie Bates who IS running tomorrow. This is not the last of it.
|"Off the Bench" 4/22/2012|
UPDATE: Earth Day - April 22, 2012
I picked up the baton again. Weight is farther out of the nominal range than last year. the goal right now is to be able to run in next year's LA Marathon. I have almost a year this time to prepare.
UPDATE: June 27, 2012
A month after my last post and run we have traveled to beautiful Beaver Creek, Colorado for Ashley's Suzuki Violin Institute. It's a special time. A vacation that will most likely never be repeated
Either you walk or take a shuttle to get everywhere up here. I have charged myself to walk. Walking is so much more rewarding, if not exhausting due to the altitude. As it adds up I'm doing about 2 to 2.5 miles a day. By the end of the week I should be feeling something besides light-headed
|Beaver Creek - Week of June 27, 2012|
|Last Evening on the Mountain Moon |
July 1, 2012
At the end of the week on the mountain and after the drive back, I have managed to keep it on the road through July and August. I'm starting to see some results in the mirror again. All the time I have to run is being provided by the fact that Ashley is not in school yet. I hope I can keep it up even when that big scheduling hit occurs. We'll see. Won't we?
(NOTE: Beginning August 19, 2012, there is an Interim in which exists one post from Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 when it looks like I tried to get off the proverbial bench again. I did, but for just that day.)
|"The Tools of Dispair"|
UPDATE: April 13, 2013
I have picked up the tools of despair once more.
UPDATE: September 27, 2013
Also, I have stopped drinking alcohol, something I have tried to do on several occasions in my past with varying levels and duration of success. By publicly stating it, I am attempting to manipulate the outcome of this excursion without the need of "meetings".
"That's all I'm going to say about that." ~Forrest Gump
It may be a dream, but I have read that "A Goal is a Dream with a due date."
This Dream is due: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7:35AM. I'll keep you up to date.
On the day the Government grinds to a standstill, I decide to keep things moving. I registered for the L.A. Marathon.
UPDATE: December 1, 2013
I have passed a million steps. I passed a million steps 50,399 steps ago...About a week ago. No whistles blew. No bells rang. No lightning bolt struck from high Olympus. A milepost is no longer before me.
To this all I say, "Onward."
PS: I have re-renamed this blog - "About a Million Steps...and more."
|Run-up to a Run |
(FaceBook Post, one week prior to Marathon.)
This past Sunday, I finished in the 29th running of the Los Angeles Marathon. It took me 6 hours and 21 seconds (give or take) to cover the required 26.2 miles of the course "From the Stadium to the Sea".Actually it took 2 years and a little over 8 months to travel my personal course. There was ultimate success in this, and some failures along the way. I shall endeavor to celebrate the success and learn from the failures.
It is complete. The miles have been run. The goal has been reached. A page turns.
Of even greater note, I ran alongside a group of Elvis impersonators for a way. (one of whom has run 50 Marathons - I don't know which practice makes him crazier: the running or the Cosplay.)
And, though I have never carried on a conversation about how cool the Kardashians are or how much an inspiration Bruce Jenner is, engaged in JUST that conversation for about a quarter mile of Sunset Boulevard with another runner... foreign, as evidenced by his selective use of English terms such as "Hollywood?" as he pointed up Sunset towards the Roosevelt Hotel... (I said, "Yes!") and "Kardashians!", this he uttered with a knowing smile and a nod as though to make me assured he knew ALL about Hollywood. (I said that I doubted the Kardashians were anywhere near today's festivities, but he continued...) "Bruce Jenner! Great athlete!" (To this I agreed. His 1976 Decathlon Gold made him a national hero...) He then launched into a listing the rest of the Kardashian spawn and their exploits as though he was reciting an epic poem.
All I needed to do was speed up a little. Oxygen choices. There was heat. Lots of heat. "Oppressive heat," said the news reports. One of the hottest marathons on record. Topped off at 88 degrees. But for some reason, that wasn't my biggest challenge of the day. I have Susan to thank for that. She had given me a really nice "Under Armour" shirt for a birthday (maybe Christmas) years ago. It is made of some special fabric that both clings to you and "wicks" the perspiration away from you and it's supposed to be great for this type of activity. I had never worn it. It was very... stretchy and... body-fitting and I felt WAY too self-conscious even putting it on. But I decided to christen it for my big day. Turned out to be a good choice, because the event tee-shirt that the Marathon folks gave to us was just loose enough to allow some air circulation under it, at the same time ITS own wicking properties really made the combination of the two garments a kind of an air conditioner. I felt positively cool throughout the race. Big thanks to Susan Spadaro for saving my bacon on that one.
Now if only we could have done something about the oppressive gravity on the course.
I didn't get as many pictures of the race as I'd hoped I would. A final flurry of images to round out the Lookback Movie of this album (if Facebook ever releases the technology to produce one of those precious little vignettes for our customization) would have been nice. I did get a few and have posted most. One or two may yet find their way here. If you have been following my posts in this quest/personal challenge, I want to thank you. It really is astounding what that little "thumbs up" icon can do for a person. Had it not been for that, your supportive comments, some gallows humor, and the ultimate humiliation of failing publicly, (I say that with the requisite "Smiley Face" attached) this would have been a much shorter blog.
Expression of Humble Appreciation.
THE FINAL STATS:
Since the first recorded workout I posted on Humana Fit (now called Map My Fitness)...in exactly 200 posted workouts
881.33 miles covered
217 hours 40 minutes 18 seconds invested
150,021 calories burned (total net loss of 85.3 pounds after gaining back a year ago)
...and 1,640,308 STEPS.
The next journey begins right now.
Here's a link to the whole story with all the pictures and commentary.