Author Archives: cari

I’m still at it

Yep, somehow still at it. I have to say that the RunKeeper personal record and timing notifications are awesome and motivating. I’m not going to graduate from Couch to 5K this week, but I’m progressing and I’m more than OK  with that. Doing a fair amount of reading about running too. Jennifer Lin’s Sole Sisters… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2017: January Chapter

After some family events, I knew January was going to be more of a struggle but I was determined. Even if hitting January 2016 wasn’t possible I wanted to at least hit January 2015 and, ideally, 300K steps. Mission Accomplished! January totals: 301,270 steps 127.16 miles walked 53.01 miles biked I came just shy, 428… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2017, January Running?

after setting my 2017 bike goal I was noodling around with the monthly increments needed to reach 500 miles on the year. I wanted to avoid a heavy start leading to checkins like this one from December 2015 So I set my goal at 42 miles per month, or 1/12th of 500. I think I’m… Read More »

2017, Pages and #GoTheDist

I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks due to end / start of year travel and I’ve come to the conclusion I have more non-spreadsheet goals than spreadsheet goals. And yes, still over thinking both. Prior year goals: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 (revised). Yep that’s three complete #GoTheDist years, it was 2012 I… Read More »

Closing the books on 2016

Belatedly, as I was traveling. Other year-end wraps: 2015, 2014, 2013 December Totals: 306,676 steps 126.14 miles walked 4.16 miles biked Q4 Totals: 962,117 steps 395.48 miles 12.39 miles biked 2016 Totals: 4,054,028 steps 1,666.42 miles walked 431.72 miles biked. I DID IT. 4 million steps!! Super excited that I identified a goal early and… Read More »

2016 in places

an actual travel post on what used to be a travel blog? A Festivus miracle. I began 2016 in Florida, for Billy Joel in Fort Lauderdale and will return to Florida late on New Years’ Day 2017. I was also there once in between to finally visit the Space Coast and the wonderful and historic… Read More »

2017 in pages

May finish another book or two, but for 2016 I’m at 82/75 and 61 for #2016TBRPile, both of which I’m happy with. I stumbled on an amazing roundup of 2017 reading challenges for which I’m glad because it doesn’t look like the 2016 one will be back in 2017. I’m definitely going to do another… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2016 home stretch

This blog is late, but going out with a bang. November: 320,610 steps 131.81 miles walked Q4 to Date 655,441steps 269.34 miles walked 2016 to Date: 3,747,352 steps 1,540.28 miles walked Yep, 4 million is happening. I’m less confident about 300K for the 12th month in a row, but it’s possible and I’ll push for… Read More »

#GoTheDist: October 2016

so what where my October goals? 301,135/302,677 (actually aiming higher, I want a cushion against a bad December) 30 miles biked And my October totals? 334,831 steps 137.53 miles walked 4.5 miles biked (way too nice out) That’s insane/amazing with two weekends away and I’m really thrilled. I’m starting November strong with a 15K day… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2016: September and Q4

so a 350K month happened. Specifically, a 352,423 step month. Whoa! I know exactly what hat I pulled that rabbit out of – beautiful weather and a lot of museum hopping for work made for two 20K days September Totals 352,423 steps 144.75 miles walked 3.81 miles biked (it was just too nice out) Q3… Read More »

#GoTheDist August 2016

aka QUIT FREAKING OUT. Maybe in bold, all caps I’ll actually listen to myself. So I had a freak out at the end of July about August’s travel and fretting over 280 vs. 300K and shooting for 900K. August’s total? 325,874 steps. Thank you two insane days in Colorado and a couple good here when… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2016 3.1

I came to an important realization this weekend. Or, to be honest, an acknowledgement of something I realized a long time ago. I cannot enjoy a good step day/week/month because I’m forever fretting about the next. Le sigh. That said, July was a-MA-zing. 345,390 steps 141.86 miles 72.43 miles biked (11 gym visits) My July… Read More »

Preliminary Review: The Black Widow

Sweet 16. The Black Widow, published on July 12, is the sixteenth Gabriel Allon book. It really seems like just yesterday I fell in love with the Prince of Fire/Arcangel while in Kagoshima over the New Years holidays.

Gettysburg: a July journey to 1863

If you go to Gettysburg and take the time, maybe take a tour, maybe just drive around, read some of the monuments, read some of the plaques, you will come away changed. ~ Jeff Shaara I’m so irritated – I know I wrote up the previous trip to Gettysburg and I can see the category,… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2016, midway point

Woah, we’re half way there, woah, livin’ on a prayer. Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear, woah, livin’ on a prayer How is it July 1 already? My step goals for 2016 were 3,600,000 / 3,680,000. I’m currently at 2,068,024. I’m mostly ignoring miles due to the inconsistent step/mile ratio, but I’m at… Read More »

40,000 steps

In. One. Day. It’s not my personal best. That honor still goes to the Saunter. But it’s my best since that day and was also a product of Shorewalkers. The thing I’m most proud about? Nearly 6 of these miles were after I bailed on the official walk. Anyway… I’ve had a thing for bridges… Read More »

#GoTheDist May 2016

My spreadsheet has gone berserk. Not only do I have columns for my monthly goal as well as to top the month the prior year, I have columns for 1m and 2m steps. Berserk! I didn’t top May 2015’s total, but I knew I wouldn’t. I’m a little disappointed in myself for the number of… Read More »

Three forts, not a single stamp

I am such a failed NPS Passport Stamps collector. I fell in love with the idea of the stamps while in New Mexico and Colorado last year and went on a mad dash to collect all of the stamps available when I went to DC in March. Last week we went to St. Augustine and… Read More »

#GoTheDist: April 2016

April is the new March, weather wise. But still, a good month. 336,662 steps (topped April 2015’s 319,965 and am on pace for the million steps) despite some lower days than I’d have liked 138.48 miles walked (topping April 2015) 33.33 miles biked (again topping April 2015) I’m happy with that as a start to… Read More »

my inner Japan, 2016

You can take the girl out of Japan, but you can’t take the Japan out of the girl. Specifically, the love of cherry blossoms ingrained in me in April 2002 in Himeji and then again during April 2006 in Hiroshima. This El Nino’ed winter meant an early and short peak for this year’s blossoms. I… Read More »

2016 Q1 in Books

  I’ve nailed 2016 steps wise, how about books? Specifically my #2016TBR challenge. Through the end of March I’ve read 30/75 books which Goodreads designates as 11 books ahead of schedule. Of those, 25 count toward the TBR challenge. I’m pretty happy with both of those numbers and I’ve since finished another that counts toward… Read More »

SVU Set Visit

No,  it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. On Friday, April 1, 2016, I was able to visit the set of Law & Order: SVU No,  it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. On Friday, April 1, 2016, I was able to visit the set of Law & Order: SVU as a result of a Kickstarter and… Read More »

One in a million: #GoTheDist 2016 Q1

or more precisely, one in 1,008,946. Yes, I hit more than one million steps in Q1 2016. For comparison, I hit 927,589 in Q1 2015. Nope, Leap Day didn’t do all that. An insane March did – even more insane than last year‘s. March 2016 totals 394,098 steps 161.93 miles walked 67.51 miles biked I… Read More »

#GoTheDist: February 2016

Much like I had a mega day in January 2016 and February 2015, I had one in February 2016. A 30K day, to be exact. That helped me counter a few lower days and one 1500 step day (sick day). Thanks to that day, February went gangbusters. February 2016 totals: 313,153 steps 128.84 miles walked… Read More »

January in steps, miles and pages

So there must be something about an end of month rush. Last year at the end of February I did a mad dash of exploring NYC and yesterday? More of the same.  I needed 14K for my stretch goal and came home with 16K January, you were amazing. 301,695 steps 124.2 miles walked 85.14 miles… Read More »