The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins… (March 2018 stats)

…with a single step. In March, the thousand miles was whittled down by nearly 130 miles bringing the (completed) total for the year to almost 368 miles and leaving approximately 632 miles to go.

This equated to a total of 308,595 steps, of which 63.032 were aerobic steps. This pedometer geek also managed to have 17 days in which the goal of 10,000 steps was met. With the Million Mile Month challenge in April, it is hoped that an equal number of steps and miles will be obtained (see below for update).

This pedometer geek not only has goals in regards to steps and miles, but also has goals in regards to reading. In this, after lackluster results in the first two months of the year, there was a vast improvement. The challenges in which this reader participates saw mixed results.

In the SIY (set-it-yourself) challenge, four more of the chosen books were completed; however, there were still eight books from that list that went unread during this quarterly challenge. Although it was another failure, this reader decided to make one more attempt with this challenge before calling it quits. Most of the books chosen for the second quarter are, with a few exceptions, those books left over from the first quarter.

In the year-long pages-read challenge, March’s total of 3,829 pages was better than the previous two months combined. With that addition, the pages read totaled 7,128 of the 40,000 pages challenged, which is still pretty anemic.

Thirteen books were read during the month, and there was some diversity in the mix. Of these, two were books of poetry and one book was nonfiction (unless poetry is considered nonfiction, but I digress). Six books were of the romance genre, and there was one book of the suspense/thriller genre. There was one book of short stories and two mainstream novels, one of which could also be classified as YA. Four of the books were read in an e-book format, and six of the authors were new to this reader.

In March, the following books were read:
Poems for Loners by Douglas Richardson
Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie
Darker by E.L. James
Starring You and Me by Susan Coventry
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson *
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones *
Nightingale by Jennifer Estep
Fandemic by Jennifer Estep
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield *
The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley *
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Due to the late date of this post, the various books which were read will not be discussed even briefly; however, a couple of these books have been reviewed on (Starring You and Me and Bad Deeds). On the other hand, if any of the books pique any reader’s interest, mention it in a comment and this reader will respond. Asterisked books are from the SIY challenge.


BP: Million Mile Month update: As of today (the 25th of April), this pedometer geek’s goal of a hundred miles has been met with five days to add to both the personal and community’s overall goal.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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4 Responses to The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins… (March 2018 stats)

  1. Jules says:

    Yeah!!! For going over your mile goal!!!
    I didn’t keep up my records as well as I should have. Though I have the numbers…I just have to get them in the right places to add them up. FB does the month but from say day 15 to the next day 15 they don’t divide it by say March and April. So it isn’t always easy to see where I’m at.
    Though at one location they do give you the total of what ever you have done since you started. Which is also no real help if say you wanted a particular year.

    I’ve been trying to get 10 miles a day just for this week. For that ‘special’ work related contest. Though all the participants get the same reward. I’m in Second Place for the moment. And it looks like I’ll be staying there. I don’t mind getting 15,000 steps a day, but the added 5,000 – 7,000 is extra work!

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    • Ten miles a day? Wow, awesome. I am happy with five. I did manage to get an extra 19%. The last time I checked I was over 119 miles and not all of today’s has been totaled. Since I have been working, I haven’t done as well, but after the election, I will be back to being able to walk more. (I am pretty much caged during the workday despite my attempts of walking when I can in the space of the office.)

      Keep up the good work, JP. You put me to shame.

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      • Jules says:

        I managed to come in first for the activity burst … but I’m back to just about 15,000 steps. Unless I end up taking and extra walk the same day I mow (remember I have a long back yard.)

        Encourage you maybe… put you to shame – eek no. You are my hero! You got me started in keeping track of my steps. My hubby’s work connected to Fitbit and the SimplyFit Board are just aides.

        Though my one neighbor does 10 miles daily. It just takes time… anything you want you have to work for. Good luck with your election work. May the best person win. You and the other volunteers though are the true winners!


  2. Congratulations on placing first….well done!
    Thanks for the kind comments. You are impressive, and if I can just increase it a bit, maybe I can start getting 12,000 to 15,000 steps on my Fitbit like you,especially now that it is getting nicer out. I even biked a little with my husband today. He replaced the tires and greased the bearings and it was the first I had a chance to try my bike out since he did all that.

    I must admit I am not a volunteer (well, I am at the library and for a local organization). I get paid (a little) for my work with the election board, but I like being able to help in the election process. I have gone from being a poll worker to this part-time job. So for a month prior to the election through the election, I am working. Then it ends and I go back to being a bum until the next election. 😉

    Keep moving JP, and so will I and maybe, just maybe I can catch up to you.


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