#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

Swarm, gap in gym visits July – December 2015

So I set my goal at 42 miles per month, or 1/12th of 500. I think I’m still on track but a weird thing has happened with my gym visits since last Saturday when I came back to New York.

Runkeeper C25K

I started to run. Well, jog. 4.5 MPH. I’m doing Runkeeper’s version of the Couch To 5K as it’s more gradual and in line with my schedule as well as fitness level.

I don’t know where this is going, but I’ll follow it. And if it means I fall short of 500 miles on the bike because some of those gym visits have more time on the treadmill? I’m OK with that.

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 quit halfway out of frustration. Other key dates: Feb 2014, team Fitbit, I’m on my 3rd model since then and about 10th device!

Spreadsheet Goals:

  • 3,800,000 steps. That’s 900K apiece in Q1 and Q4 and a million apiece in Qs 2 and 3. No long train trips planned this year. I really want to hit 4m again and that’s in my spread sheets, but I don’t think it’s doable. I don’t want to fail, so that’s the stretch goal.
  • 500 miles biked. I improved a lot from 2015 to 2016 and want to build on that. I’m off to a good start so far and think I can do this.

Non Spreadsheet

Because writing things down helps with accountability. I started 2017 weighing less than 2016 so that’s a win in my book. More to work on.

  • Continue 12 month streak of months with 300,000 steps, This started by the skin of my teeth and was followed by some strong months.
  • My month high is 394K, a press walk and two days walking around DC fed that. I’d like to try for a 400K month and I think May is my best chance as I want to do the Saunter again. May 2015 total was 359K although I’ve gotten stronger with general steps, which might make this doable.
  • Even out gym visits, I start strong and get 50 visits in the first half of the year and then fizzle. There’s no reason it can’t be more even. I think that will also help with the below when I won’t be able to walk home.
  • Fewer days below goal than in 2016. I think I’m going to do that on an annual basis to even it out and month by month, but not positive. Here are those 2016 totals with some commentary for tracking / planning. Total for 2016 was 93 days, about 25% of the year. I feel like this is doable even with a shaky start due to some travel.
    • January: 15
    • February 6 (will be a challenge due to travel)
    • March 4 (not going to happen due to work)
    • April 5
    • May 8 (was injured)
    • June 2 (wow!)
    • July 7
    • August 9
    • September 5
    • October 10 (travel)
    • November 10 (holidays, weather)
    • December 12 (holidays, weather, work)

Reading goals and challenges are here.

Here’s to 2017

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 pushed hard toward it even when I knew it was going to be a challenge. I’m also really happy with having hit twelve months in a row of 300K. Wow.

2015 Totals:

  • 3,729,058 steps
  • 1536.53 miles walked
  • 321.03 miles biked

2016 v 2015

  • an increase of 324,970 steps
  • an increase of 129.96 miles walked
  • an increase of 110.68 miles biked.

The former two are almost as if i had a 13th month in the year rather than one Leap Day. The latter I’m especially proud of because getting to the gym is always a struggle. I’ve started strong already this year and am hoping to top that. More TK in goals post.

2016 Goals(more info at the link)

  • 3,600,000 steps
  • 1515 miles

Personal Challenge

  • 3,680,000 steps
  • 1600 miles for 2016

Yep, obliterated the stretch goals too. I’m simultaneously super proud of myself and trying not to worry about not being able to repeat it. 2017 goals to come momentarily


I read 84 books that totaled 25,504 pages. 63 of those were for the #2016TBRPile challenge. Happy with that especially without my usual beach binge week. On to 2017 which is off to a good start


#GoTheDist 2016 home stretch

This blog is late, but going out with a bang.


  • 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 it. I’m up almost 300K year on year and almost 100K looking at Q4 last year. It’s making 2017 goal setting a challenge, but I’m thinking on it.

Reading wise 80/75 and 60 for #2016TBRPile so I’ve hit my goal there. Married with Children? Please no, not ever. I wanted 100 books again, but without my beach vacation, that isn’t happening. I’ll get early start on 2017 and am generally happier with my reading mix this year.

#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 and am going for 4m.

Downside of weather being nice enough to walk home almost daily? No reading time. 77/75 books read, 57 for #2016TBRPile. I won’t hit 100 on the year due to work, but hopefully I’ll have a good start on 2017 with a week’s vacation to start the year.

#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 Totals:

  • 1,023,687 steps
  • 420.46 miles walked
  • 107.57 miles biked

Year to Date Totals:

  • 3,091,911 steps
  • 1270.94 miles walked
  • 419.33 miles biked

What does that all mean? I’m going for 4m steps for the year. It is going to be a challenge because Q4 is always hard, but shouldn’t all goal be challenges? My spreadsheet is ready and I think I can do this. I’m also shooting for 500 miles biked which will be my best in a long time, I think.

October I’m once again shooting to top 2014 since 2015 fell short. Coincidentally, it’s nearly what I need to aim for 4m on the year.

October Goals:

  • 301,135/302,677 (actually aiming higher, I want a cushion against a bad December)
  • 30 miles biked

What were my 2016 goals? 3,600,000/3,680,000 steps and 1515/1600 miles. BOOM!

Going to make for some challenging 2017 goals, but I’m not worrying about that yet.

Reading: bad month for that, “too much” walking, but 71/75 read and 53 for #2016TBRPile.

#GoTheDist August 2016


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 I came back.

August Totals:

  • 325,874 steps
  • 133.85 miles walked
  • 31.33 miles biked

Q3 Totals:

  • 671,264 steps
  • 275.71 miles walked
  • 103.76 miles biked

I’m very happy with that and definitely going for 950K.

September Goals:

  • 317,000 steps (tops 2014, 2015 fell just short)
  • 125 miles walked
  • 30 miles biked

No obsessing, just numbers.

Book update: 69/75, 52 for #2016TBRPile. Bad reading month, too much time spent staring out train window. 🙂

#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 2016 goal? 325,000. I’m not actually going for 1,000,000 this quarter due to heavy travel in August, but it was nice to hit the soft super stretch goal of 333,333. As I mentioned when plotting Q3, I needed more thought on that goal. 900,000 is almost too doable with the good start so I’m shooting for 950,000. If not, I know I can do 925,000. I’d really like 950,000 though as that would get me to 3m steps at the end of Q3.

My soft goal for August is 280,000 to split the 40K “excess” over two months but I really want to push for 300,000 because that would be the eighth month in a row. Thanks to my spreadsheet with the worst-case days plugged in (great tool), I have my “marching” orders

Steps needed to hit August 2016 goals
Steps needed to hit August 2016 goals

On a non step note, not only was the heat good for gym visits but I topped not only my July 2015 total (7.94 miles) almost ten-fold, but I also topped my Q3 2015 totals (same). That’s insane and pathetic and I’m soldiering on.

To infinity… and beyond!

PS: Books status: 64/75 books, 49/75 for #2016TBRPile challenge

#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 850.48 miles. InSANE!

June 2016 numbers:

  • 379,717 steps
  • 156.14 miles
  • 23.46 miles biked

Mostly fueled by the 40,000 step day, but that’s still an impressive 12,657 daily average. Still would have been 11,600 even with a normal day that day. And I had a 35 day goal streak from May 20-June 25.

2016 Q2 numbers:

  • 1,059,278 steps
  • 435.51 miles walked
  • 75.8 miles biked

That’s a nice increase over Q1 and Q2/June last year. I didn’t top May, but year on year I’m still ahead and happy with it.  Using the stretch goal of 3,680,000, I’m at 56.19% of my steps goal and 56.13% of mileage. Interesting symmetry. Glad I’m ahead because Q3 is always an issue due to summer travel. That trickery of plotting in worst case step scenario though is a gem.

July 2015 was when I first started the goal of topping that month the previous year’s steps as it was easier, math wise, and more representative than topping the previous quarter.

  • July 2014: 260,908 (a lot of travel)
  • July 2015: 310,076
  • July 2016 goal: 325,000

Yes, I’ve realized that another million steps isn’t going to happen. I’m away nearly half of August and two days of that is on a train. I think my Q3 goal is 900,000, but that needs some more thought.

Oh and book wise, 56/75 with a new-to-me series in process and 46/75 of the #2016TBRPile challenge. Happy with both of those, and have given in to reading crap this summer. Crap reading is still reading.

40,000 steps

In. One. Day.

40,000 steps and 16.6 miles
40,000 steps and 16.6 miles

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.


I’ve had a thing for bridges for a while now and in the words of the famous Jack, who I had the pleasure of meeting today, “There are a lot of bridges on the east side of Manhattan.”When I saw the Shorewalkers June newsletter I saw they were doing one of the three annual  and was initially bummed that it was taking place on a Friday. When I realized the date was wrong and it was today I decided to do it. Did I mention that was yesterday?


So I knew I wasn’t going to finish. I’ve actually made a lot of progress with walking the bridges, but I liked the idea of trying to do all at once. I was nervous though because I remembered hating both the Williamsburgh (for its incline) and Triboro (proximity to car exhaust). I decided I was just going to take it as far as I could and play “the end’ by ear.

We met at the Municipal Building where Thomas Kinsella’s 1872 words served as a nice start to the walk. It was just after 9 AM and the Brooklyn Bridge crowds weren’t too bad. From there it was an uphill walk through DUMBO to the Manhattan Bridge which has stunning views but is by far the ugliest and loudest of the bridges. Back in Manhattan it was a nice wander through Chinatown and pit stop in Seward Park before crossing into Brooklyn again on the Williamsburg Bridge. I took that for the first time in 2013 on Citibike and remembered hating it for the long slog over land (no view) and the incline. Both still true. At this point the group split and some hopped on the bus to LIC while some opted to walk that portion. Fresh off the bus and on fresh legs, we crossed back into Manhattan on the 59th St. Bridge.

After a pit stop at Bed & Bath Walt opted to take the Greenway up to 103rd rather than 1st Ave as initially planned. If the group had gone up 1st I’d have taken the bus on this leg since I knew I wouldn’t make it past my street without peeling off. As we walked from Carl Schurz north along the greenway to Wards Island, I found myself thinking of something I said nearly three years ago:

I don’t see most of the Harlem River bridges happening. Walking between the Harlem River Drive and Major  Deegan is underwhelming, as I realized from Macombs Dam and there is no “have to” in this project.

There’s no “have to”, especially when something isn’t fun. No winning for martyring. The heat was getting to be too much especially with the car exhaust so when they turned right to cross the Wards Island Bridge, I went left and over to 1st Avenue. I was done. I wasn’t in pain like when I stopped the Saunter, I’d just had enough and wasn’t enjoying the walk. I do want to do the Washington and Henry Hudson** and plan to join this walk when it starts at the GW in the fall and heads south though.

After re-charging with an iced coffee at Dunkin and some down time in Target’s AC, I set off again. Destination unknown. Knew I wanted to do sunset though so I headed crosstown on the m116 before landing in Riverside Park. When I realized tomorrow was Father’s Day, I knew where I wanted to spent sunset. Soldiers & Sailors of course. I stayed there and read for a while before it got crowded with prom pictures so I instead headed south where I was treated to this. How i know i wasn’t feeling the official walk? I barely took any photos.

From sunset I caught the m79 home via 16 Handles and an extra lap around the block to hit 40K. I didn’t do 30 miles, but I had a magical day.

sunset from W. 80th and the Hudson River
sunset from W. 80th and the Hudson River