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30K Steps in a Day Challenge

Saturday, August 10, 2013

MostMom1, the hulla hooping sparker, in a reent blog post challenged some of her readers to a 30K step day today. Her blog is here www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
if you are curious. So today, my challenge was to walk 30K steps and then blog about it.

First, some history. I have walked 30K steps before in one day. I walked a half marathon in April 2012 and since beginning to wear my fitbit around December 2012, I have one day walked that many steps with 33K steps on May 28th which was a 12 mile walk. I plotted out a 12.5 mile walk for today. When I plotted it out, I wasn't specific on exactly how I would go where I was going and how I would walk home, as I tend to vary it and was walking main roads in town to go to a local grocery outlet that I had never been to. This week, I have not been getting my 8 hours a night of sleep that I need, so was rather tired. I decided I would head out whenever I woke up, ate breakfast, showered, etc. So I did not get started on my walk until about 11:45 this morning. The weather report was also for possible thunderstorms today, but looked nice when I left.

When I first walked out the door, I realized it was a bit more humid than I was expecting, but not overly hot at least. Usually I have been exercising mornings or evenings to avoid the warmest part of the day. But as I had slept late, to give my body to get the sleep it needed from earlier in the week, I left later than I had intended. The first mile is a local bike trail that goes through some wooded area. Then down a sidewalk along a road to the main road in town. On the way, I stopped off at the library to drop off a few books to donate to the library. I love buying cheap or getting free books reading them, then donating them to the library book sale. There are only a few books I keep, only if I think I will reread them someday. Had a granola bar after the library visit and walked on. This was about the one hour walking mark. (I keep track of how long walking down the street is, verses how much is small side trips, like bathroom visits, library, etc.)

Then I kept walking to the United Grocery Outlet that I had wanted to take a look at and price check, etc. They do have some cheap day old bread, but one loaf already had mold on it and I set that one on the register and told the cashier when I was checking out. So if I do go back to this outlet store, I need to check the dates on all items and the status of those items very carefully. (Color, mold, etc.) Their website said they buy closeouts, overstocks, etc. Sounds like they are odd lots like, so no telling what they will have in the store one day to the next. Did also see cheap cold cuts, that were dated 8/24 so not bad. Shredded cheese seemed well priced too, but was a larger bag than I normally buy. I do freeze shredded cheese, but would have to separate some of it out and put that in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer if I bought a bag that big.

The grocery outlet was the turn around point, then I started back towards home, but stopped off at a local asian produce market that I like. Just as I was about to go in the door, I missed seeing the curb and fell. Put a hole in the knee of my pants, so I guess they will become a stay around the house pair of pants. Went in and did not wind up buying anything, as we have a CSA pickup on Monday and I don't need much in the way of produce right now. I did try a sample of a jackfruit the sign said. Wikipedia says " The flavor is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana.[18] " I can see that I guess. But for some reason I wasn't a big fan. After I stepped out, I kind of ate my grapes, to somewhat get rid of the taste.

Then I decided to walk home a bit of a different way. Along the way I stopped off and peeked at a produce stand. Nothing overly interesting, again, as the CSA had already given us some of the yummiest fresh corn and the largest quarter sized black berries, etc. Eagerly looking forward to Monday's CSA pickup. Wonder what we will have this time?! Then I went by the bookstore that always has free books out and grabbed one that looked interesting. I stopped off at Kroger next to use the bathroom and to buy a Coke 20 oz, as I was sweating as soon as I stepped out the door this morning and I had brought along one of my free coke 20 oz. coupons received from entering in all my coke points on mycokerewards.com. Love having those free coupons to use when I am walking on warmer days. I so kept thinking about how I wanted a cold drink and eyeballing those ice cream bars and such in different stores, etc.

Forgot to mention that before I got to Kroger and the book store, I did get rained on a bit, but just enough to cool off. After the Kroger and getting my 20 oz., I started to hear some thunder and kept my eye out to see how far off the lightening and thunder were. About 1.5 miles from home, it started to rain again and I got a bit wet. Sang in the rain for at least a little while. I love to take my ipod shuffle with me when I do longer walks. Sometimes the worst part of walking, is having all of that time to think about things, life, etc.

So in the end, I did about a 12 mile walk, which wasn't quite 30K steps, but by doing a little walking around the house tonight, I have now finished my 30K steps. Don't think I am going to beat the 33K that I did back in May though. But I think I will do so in the near future. Wonder if I will beat my best floors according to my fitbit, which was climbing diamond head in Hawaii, 127 floors on June 28th.

Future plans... I keep talking about doing my second half marathon, but I have fears about doing so. My first and only half marathon so far was April 2012 and I finished it in 3 hours and 13 minutes for an average of a 14:44 minute mile. The local half marathon in the city we have moved to has a 3 hour cut off. I would have to cut off 13 minutes off my half marathon time, which is basically 1 minute per mile. Now, I can walk about a 12 minute mile, and have done a 5K in just under 40 minutes which is about a 13 minute mile. I am just not sure I can do a 13.7 minute mile for 13.1 miles. Today, I did 12 miles in almost 4 hours, spark said a 19 minute mile. I can do faster than that, but just not sure I can beat the 3 hour time limit. I am probably going to start training for doing that and see how it goes. The other complicating factor is that the half marathon in this city is the Sunday after thanksgiving and we usually go to my husband's parents for thanksgiving. If we go, I think it is an 8 hour drive, and we would have to go on Wednesday, be there on Thursday and Friday and come home on Saturday and I have no idea how much sleep I would get during the trip, as I don't sleep well away from home. But may give it a go.

Some people have urged me to consider running some of it and not walking all of it, and others have mentioned that I can email the race organizers and see what happens if you don't meet the cut off but are very close to it. I may consider both. But so far, I can do a 5K in the mile time I need, I can do the 13.1 mile distance, and am slowly increasing my faster walking distance and will see what happens.

So far I have seen blog entries from these people who have completed the 30K step challenge
KSCHRAUT www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

DANAPRIME also made it, but haven't seen a blog yet
MOSTMOM1 also made it! Haven't seen a blog yet, either.

Now I need my reward, a nice back with a book, and no, not the book in the water getting wet!
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