All I wanted to do is to walk. I decided walking wasn’t enough. I needed to set a goal. Since I’m no runner I looked for a 5k to walk at the beginning of summer. I knew I was slow so I decided to walk at least 3.2 miles five to six days a week to practice and then enter another 5k at the end of the summer to see if I improved. Look at me being all goal oriented. Yay me.
I used my iPhone pedometer to measure my walk distance each evening after work to practice. It has a 10 minute lag time though so it wasn’t always the most helpful while I waited for it to update. I either underestimated or overestimated what I thought I had. I looked for a pedometer app that I could download (for free of course) that would update a little quicker and found one.
The trouble is it sets a steps’ goal for me, also. It thinks I want to achieve 10,000 steps a day. I don’t. I want to achieve a daily goal of four miles because with my steps accumulated all day plus a 5k distance walk that usually equals about four miles. Plus, if you know me at all, then you know I like to end the day on an even number. To finish a day, with say, 3.7 miles is ridiculous. So, we’re looking at about a half mile at work (I sit at a desk all day), and about a 3.5 mile walk to make my four miles.
It’s my system.
But this pedometer wants me to achieve 10,000 steps a day also. Which is close to four miles. Sometimes more, sometimes less (I don’t understand that at all). So now, I have to not only get four miles but I also have to get 10,000 steps a day. I used to make fun of the 10,000 steppers. I’ve never been one to hop on a bandwagon on purpose and this makes me a little mad that I have apparently jumped on the 10,000 step wagon and become a poster child for it. Because I can’t be thisclose and not reach the goal. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.
With the fall season upon us, I am now walking in the dark to keep my goal. I am having a difficult time lowering my goal now.
All I want to do is walk.