I was so antsy while away to see if I’d hit my stretch goal of 310,000 steps. Well, I didn’t. I blew it out of the water.
Miles Walked: 147.9
Wow. Easily my best month ever. Thank you, mostly, to the Great Saunter and its 50K+ steps. More than made up for limited steps while on the train/in the LA area.
So I’ve set a kind of ridiculous but possibly attainable June goal pace because I revised my Q2 personal goals up after an amazing April/May. Both my #GoTheDist and personal goals were too easily attainable.
Steps: 320,089 (would make 1,000,000 for the quarter)
Miles: 120.17 (would make 400 miles walked)
Bike: 50 (this is really gym visits. I need 10 to hit 50 over six months for gym reimbursements. I’ve got one down so that’s something. It should also help me get back on track while not losing my steps).
The steps goal is about 11K/day, but I think I can do that in good weather. Will depend on some weekend/family plans, but I think it’s within range.
After all, what’s a goal without a little pressure?
as I’ve touched on before, the Great Saunter was the idea behind the #GreatManhattanLoop when I first started walking Manhattan. Due to a combination of not being in town on that Saturday and knowing I wasn’t up to that distance, I walked the Loop in segments before finally finishing in May 2013.
In May 2015, the stars finally coincided for me to attempt the Great Saunter. I didn’t finish it (and apparently most don’t), but I (mostly) enjoyed the 19.5 mile walk around Manhattan’s shoreline including some places I knew of but had never gotten to photograph, like Pumpkin House.
Historical markers on the Broad St. side of Fraunces Tavern
Saturday, May 2, came bright and early-especially early with registration beginning at Fraunces Tavern at 7am. As I learned later from a Shorewalkers volunteer, there were 1,070 folks preregistered and they expected that 3-400 had joined at various points along the route.
Castle Clinton in Battery Park
One World Trade behind the Winter Garden
The first miles of the walk go around the southern tip of Manhattan through Battery Park and up the west side through North and South Coves and Battery Park City. I’m pleasantly surprised with how relatively construction-free Battery Park is and it looks like the SeaGlass carousel might finally become reality. I enjoyed the quick view of Castle Clinton aka South West Battery in this National Parks’ Centennial year. Amazing to think that was once in the harbor. The opening of One World Trade last fall for office space and the Observatory later this month is amazing. I also can’t believe this was less than three years ago but that site will never not be arresting.
New York Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge
Treelined Cherry Walk in Riverside Drive
White and pink cherry blossoms on the same limb
I didn’t take many photos along the early part of the route in part due to wanting to keep pace and, in part, because I had many from my May 2012 walk. The only exceptions were the New Whitney and the fairly new North River Lobster Company. Alas, it was too early in the day for lobster and we walked on through Riverside Park which is the stretch of the Greenway I feel as if I know the best. I walked it in February and two weeks ago in a premature attempt to see cherry blossoms. The no photo thing-which I knew I’d need to keep up if I wanted to keep up with the group-died as per usual when I saw cherry blossoms. Aka why there’s a whole Flickr album dedicated to them. Plus the whole stretch from W. 89th up to the George Washington Bridge is gorgeous in all seasons.
Alas, it was at this point when I started to drag after maintaining pace for the first 11+ miles or so. At West Harlem Piers Park, I changed my socks and repacked my bag* in an attempt to keep my water bottles from stabbing me. I slugged past Riverbank and into Fort Washington. I was already dreading the walk up from the Lighthouse, even though it’s one of my favorite spots in the city.
Pumpkin House, north of Castle Village
arches of Fort Tryon Park
I limped through this stretch of Fort Washington despite being eager to see the Pumpkin House and Fort Tryon Arches now that I knew what they were and normally loving Castle Village and being fascinated by Inspiration Point. In short, I still didn’t get the appreciation feeling I was after back in 2013. I thought the end was in sight when the greenway ended, however I didn’t know the route that the Saunter would take through Inwood as the Greenway is a bit of a myth at this point. It was a slog, and by this point I mostly decided I was done.
On the final limp to the flagpole and lunch break at the 16 mile mark, I finally found Shorakkopoch Roch (full name & details). The whole story is little more than a fanciful myth, but it’s a fun market to NYC’s history. While I broke for lunch-and to change to my flip flops-I gave some thought about how far I really wanted to go. Now that I knew I wasn’t going to finish, I wasn’t concerned about pace.
the John T. Brush Stairs up to Coogan’s Bluff
I won’t lie-as I left Inwood HILL Park at Isham the A train at 207th was tempting. But I’d made the decision to go as far as 155th for three reasons:
that’s the end of the Greenway. So much of the rest (save for 116-59th which I’ve done more time than I can count) is city streets and I’m no more interested in that then I was in 2013.
It was a commitment. Once I was on the Greenway (aka the Speedway) I was going to 155th as there was no out.
I wanted to see what changed on that section as well as with the HighBridge‘s continued construction
I had forgotten about the biggest upside – cherry trees! – which made the northern stretch of the Speedway gorgeous. Their soft soil a nice treat under my super sore feet. As I moved toward the southern end, I thought about something else that would be near 155th. The restored Polo Grounds Stairs had reopened in 2014 after years of talk and being “a mystery” as recently as 2010.
While walking along a portion of the Greenway that paralleled the “Harlem River Driveway” and trying to figure out whether Coogan’s Bluff was truly accessible, I turned to the right and there they were! I just had to figure out how to get there with a cement barrier in my way. This portion of the Greenway was either new since 2013 or a portion that I never found since it carried me above the street level of the Polo Grounds Houses.
I walked down to 155th and doubled back – only sports history could make me do this at this point – up Edgecombe and Coogan’s Bluff came into sight. Climbing up on the exposed rock was beyond me at this point but I sat at the top of the stairs before gingerly making my way down where i rested on a picnic bench and communed with the ghosts.
“This is the last piece of real evidence that the Polo Grounds existed, other than the plaque that indicates where the approximate location of home plate was,” said Gary Mintz, president of the New York Giants Preservation Society. … “This is historic ground and should be preserved and treasured any way possible. The Giants’ history in New York was tremendous and judging by the legions of fans today, the New York Giants and San Francisco Giants haven’t been forgotten in New York.” ~ Gary Mintz
It was the perfect place for my saunter to end – and end it did when I boarded the M2 Bus and headed south. I have no regrets. I stopped enjoying the walk somewhere between miles 14 and 16 and there is no shame in walking 18+. It’s always the west side that I’ve found prettiest and the city streets of the east side – which I know well – don’t appeal to me in the same way as the Greenway does. Maybe I’ll finish when they finish the Greenway.
the John T. Brush Stairs from Coogan’s Bluff
*I looked like quasimodo. I was in awe of all the slim line packs people were carrying. Some of mine was exacerbated by shedding my fleece at the start. I vow not to look like a turtle if I do this again. Eight sandwiches and a box of granola bars were six too many
2015 walking related goals:
Visit the Little Red Lighthouse when it’s actually open.
Walk the High Bridge (and explore High Bridge Park) if/when it finally opens
Finish re-reading Philip Lopate’s Waterfrontwhich I’m super primed for now
Read Walking Manhattan’s Rim, despite the mediocre reviews. Manhattan’s Greenway has changed since I started this walk and want to know more about the last decade of change.
Read The Power Broker, if I can get my hands on a copy, or something else on Robert Moses and/or Jane Jacobs.
so… remember that mileage I planned to pick up in April or May or maybe Q3? I did. In March!
My March totals:
151.93 miles walked
64.55 miles biked
HoLY SHIT. This is my best month ever and one of only two above 350K steps. That was about 11,800 steps/day and included 31 straight days (27 Feb-29 March) in which I hit 10K+ each day. While I fizzled out the last two days, 13K today is a good start to April /Q2. I ended up a little short on the bike, but I’m OK with that.
384.45 miles walked
221.53 miles biked
Yep, I exceeded my revised bike goal even with falling short in March. I hit 102.52% of my #GoTheDist mileage goal and I like being at par/slight cushion going into two less than ideal for walking months (travel). Very proud of myself so far in 2015
That said, #GoTheDist goals for April:
283,000 steps (personal goal, 300K but remaining reasonable due to travel)
117 miles walked
75 miles on the bike
375 miles walked
150 miles biked
The latter represents a decrease but hopefully one that correlates with walking home more. I may revise it if I hit April goals.
Well I knew February was going to be a challenge, and it was. But two strong days on the last two days of the month made it better than I hoped/expected.
114.9 miles walked
75.44 miles biked
232.52 miles walked
156.98 miles biked
I’m a little off track, but Q1 is still within range. To hit those goals I need to achieve the following in March.
142.48 miles walked (not sure about that one, but I know I can pick up in Qs 2 and 3)
43.02 miles biked
As it’s a 31 day month, I”m comfortable in steps. I’m going to maintain the bike goal at 75 miles, which I hit this month. This will continue to put me ahead of pace for the revised goal, while still being attainable due to work commitments.
I’m most proud of the biking goal because it represents a return to the gym which was something I really wanted to do. 13 gym visits. Also ahead of pace to get my gym reimbursement.
Re: steps, to hit the 3.4m goal, I need 283,333.333 steps month and am glad for that slight excess as I’ll be short in Feb. The math just doesn’t work for a 28 day month. I’m a bit off pace for mileage, but I think I can make that up in Qs 2 and 3. I may have some issues due to a long-haul train trip in May but I’ll try to get back ahead in April to get ahead of that.
I think the only change I’m going to make for my 2015 goals is revise bike goal up to 500 miles. I’m going to leave Qs 2/3/4 mini goals at 100 as I likely won’t go to the gym as much in nice weather. So February monthly goal is 75 miles and Q2 is 200.
“Why are you beating yourself up? You know you always bounce back.” ~ @FatGirlvsWorld, #GotheDist fearless leader
This was the end of a two-day freak out during which I was worrying about not hitting my January 2015 #GoTheDist steps goal due to the impending Juno-pocalypse. After a slow start to January with some sub 5K step days, I was bouncing back, and then snowpocalypse. Snowed in. Office closed. MTA down. A “pocalypse” of first world problems indeed.
And then Juno missed NYC while walloping New England and I ended up with almost 9K steps on a walk through the frozen tundra that made up Central Park. My handy spreadsheet tells me I need 42,280 steps (not yet counting today’s) the next four days to hit that goal and 44,280 to hit mine. Doable? I think/hope so but I’m not going to be able to bank any for February where 283/285K is a mathematical impossibility. Pooey.
But January wasn’t all bad. On the #GoTheDist front I:
switched to RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal (from MapMyFitness and LoseIt, respectively) and am so happy with both. Much better apps. The “Map” family didn’t age well into the mobile era and the “new” os8 LoseIt was just awful. I was tired of paying for Fitbit integration and didn’t care much for the challenges or fora
I have been to the gym 12x for a total of 76.56 miles on the bike. My goal was only 33! so I’ll be revising that for Q1 this weekend.
My Jan 2014 (Jawbone) totals were 185,545 steps/80.3 miles walked/69.3 miles walked and I’ve beat those. For me that’s what #GoTheDist is about so I’m happy.
On a reading front I:
Have read 8 books for the A-Z Challenge and six of the eight are non-fiction. Also, 8 books in January is a good start to the year.
So maybe I should stop freaking out. FGvW probably is right.
I really wanted my steps goal to be 300,000/month but I’m really not sure that’s attainable in shorter months and don’t want to fall short of my goal. I actually think 3,500,000 might be achievable but not sure on the math so 3.4m it is. This works out to ~283K/month.
Miles walked: I like this number and I think it’s achievable. No wizardry
Bike: this seems to be in line with an increase over 2013 (335.83) where I had a reasonable year at the gym. In order to get gym reimbursement I need to go 100x/year (50/6 months) and I average between 4-5m when I go, so I think this is reasonable.
I’m not sure LoseIt’s 147 days is realistic, but 2014 is the last year I will start overweight. Not done. But I’m in a place where I’ve set steps to make this happen for 2015 so I’m OK with this.
Learn to cook. I’m already laughing at myself for this one, but I really wish I could. I think it would make some food choices better. This isn’t goin to happen, but as part of a general saving money effort, I’m going back to bringing lunch and may try to incorporate cooking.
Get back to a regular gym schedule. It sounds cliche, but I feel good when I go. So I need to GO. Not done. But I’m in a place where I’ve set steps to make this happen for 2015 so I’m OK with this. See below for more detail.
Relax. Keep doing what I did last year. It (mostly) worked and I’m on the right track. Done
So on to 2015
I’m really making it the year of me and want to be better about going to the gym. I have a new app (Runkeeper) and some non numeric goals. But I also want to keep up walking. Decisions, decisions. While rereading posts here to find some reasonable gym/biking goals (see below) I remembered mini goals help me so back to that.
Some thoughts/mini goals:
The 3,262,378 steps is an average of nearly 275K steps per month. That’s amazing considering a few months where I really struggled. Mileage wise that works out to nearly 113 miles which is about what I figured. My personal goals were 1100 miles and 2.5m steps so I am more than thrilled with that.
My spreadsheet was a great in motivating me to walk more. So I’m doing it again in 2015
I want to finish C25K. I don’t think it will happen, but I want to try it again.
I want to hit my goal weight. I’ve finally set one to make that happen. Not sure yet if I’m going to stick with LoseIt or go back to Weight Watchers. My target date is December 31, 2015 but I think I might be able to hit it sooner.