#GoTheDist February 2017

so about those February goals:

  • 300,000 steps
  • 50 miles biked
  • Graduate C25K

Going to be harder with one less day than last year and a travel day or two, but I think this is doable. Feb 2016 total was 313, 153. I’m OK with a stretch goal of 305,000.

Yeah, obliterated. Thanks, Amsterdam. Final totals:

  • 356,898 steps walked
  • 152.88 miles walked (so b0rked with running stride)
  • 33.07 miles biked
  • 25.33 miles ran (new one, not really a goal but for tracking)

Yep, that topped even my “insane stretch goal”, which was 350K. I really thought I’d land somewhere between 345 and 350K. I’m not worried about the bike mileage as I’m maintaining my gym visits. Running wasn’t a thing when I set that number.

So what does this mean? I’m taking a run at my Q1 2016 goal. Probably impossible, but worth a try.

2017 year to date:

  • 658,168 steps
  • 280.04 miles

2016 through February:

  • 614, 848 steps
  • 253.04 miles walked

Why is this still a challenge when I’m so far up, step wise? Because March 2016 was an insane 394,098 steps. That’s not going to happen again because I won’t have two days walking around DC and might not have the two walking work events. I may still have some mild weather though, and running is helping with a higher step count overall.


  • Q1 super stretch goal: 1,008,946 (needs 350,778 steps)
  • Q1 stretch goal: 975,000 (needs 316,832 steps)
  • Q1 acceptable goal: 958,168 (needs bare minimum 300,000 steps)
  • March super stretch goal, 365,682. 2015 March goal. Yeah, I need to find a way to do two walking work events.
  • Reference point, Q1 2015 was 927,589 (needs 269,421 steps)

I think those are good goals to work with since topping March is off the table. Since I signed up for the Great Saunter again I’ll have the chance to get ahead of 2016 in May, but want to get ahead early if I can.

Fitting that I have three goals because March last year was the first month where my spreadsheet went insane with goals:

March 2016 goals gone berserk

Speaking of getting ahead, on the days below goal front:

  • February 2016 –  6 days
  • February 2017 – 7 days. Definitely two “oh fuck it” days.

Still ahead 3 year on year. March had only four and I’m not sure that’s doable, but we’ll see.


Picked up some this month with shorter books and travel time so I’m at 13/91. 14% and one book ahead of schedule. Challenges wise that’s:

If I have to revise those goals down due to running, I’ll think about it, but I really just need to make more reading time

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 backlist challenge because it’s such good motivation to finally read once I’ve been thinking of but putting off. Simultaneously I have time to read the new Daniel Silva, Linda Fairstein and Michael Connelly releases. It also gives me the flexibility to read what I want, not what I have to because I’m still not good at the PopSugar type challenges with rules.

The Backlist Reader Challenge

After some dithering, I’ve landed on the Backlist Reader Challenge. My TBR pile is structured enough that I think it counts, even if it’s not fully in a formal list. This is my starting point (how on earth did that get to 276!), as well as these shelves. Let’s just say they got added to with the bookswap. I think 60 for this challenge is a good goal.

I’m also going to do Book Dragon Lair’s ebook challenge because that’s the bulk of what I read. Goal there? Terabyte – 75 books. Petabyte is the stretch goal. I know I can get there with a beach vacation, which I had in 2015 and will again in 2017.


2017 Library Love Challenge


I make good, but not great use of the books available via NYPL so in the interest of keeping Mt. TBR under control, I’m also challenging myself to be an Overdrive Junkie (36). There’s an outside chance I can manage Library Card (50), but sometimes NYPL is lacking and I want to give myself some needed flexibility.

Here’s to some fun in pages next year. Speaking of pages, doubling down with Book Dragon and now that I know Goodreads can track pages, I’m going to try to move from Shrub to Dwarf Peach. Starting 2017 with the Dark Tower Series will help on that front, I think.

Hashtags for my own tracking, links to my Goodreads shelves for updated counts: