The Journey of a Thousand Miles (May)

…begins with a single step. Like last year, this pedometer geek is working towards a goal of walking a thousand miles, but in a shorter amount of time. A friend in Great Britain was working toward that same goal to raise funds for a charity and challenged her friends to do the same. This pedometer geek took up the challenge and completed it. In the past, this pedometer geek has only recorded steps, not mileage except for the Million Mile Month challenges. There is a planned triathlon, in which this pedometer geek has decided to participate, in July there, but I digress. (and it is not too late to join in).

As such, in May this pedometer geek put 119+ miles on the pedometer. This leaves less than 400 miles of the 1000 miles, which is way ahead of last year.

These miles can be converted to 279,554 steps of which 25,986 of them were aerobic steps. Only 11 days of the month was the goal of 10,000 steps achieved. On the other hand, there were several days of travel to see family. Being on the road for eight hours of prime walking time affects step totals dramatically.

On the other hand, time on the road is one of the few times this pedometer geek listens to an audio-book. Of the eight books read during the month of May, one was both read and listened to in an audio-book format. Having the experience of having read most of it prior to my husband and me heading to Rhode Island** and back, it was interesting comparing the two experiences of reading versus listening. For this reader, it is always better to read and be able to savor the story as it unfolds slowly (at least at the pace of reading); with the audio version, the words come fast, the story comes faster, and any repetitive language is noticeable. On top of that, this reader ends up being lulled to sleep often missing critical pieces of the tale (and no easy way to back up and fill in the gaps). Because of this, the novel was completed prior to the last CD was played. Still, it is great to discuss the novel as it is being played.

During the month, eight books were read. They ranged from nonfiction (a memoir) to historical fiction, romance (historical and contemporary), suspense-thriller, and an anthology of stories. Five of the authors were new to this reader, not including several of the authors in the anthology. Five of the books were read in an e-book format. While still preferring the feel of a book in hand, this reader recognizes that more and more books read as e-books downloaded on either a Kindle or Nook. This is especially true because more books are only published in an e-book format.

Several of the books, three to be exact, were part of the quarterly Set-It-Yourself (SIY) challenge. With a month to go on the challenge, there are more than half of the original thirteen to read. Completing all of them truly will be a challenge.

The other challenge, the pages-read challenge, showed some improvement in that 2263 pages were read during the month. That brings the year-to-date total to 13,157 pages toward the total of 40,000 pages. That definitely puts this reader behind, but fortunately summer reading is heating up.

In May, the following books were read:

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly  *

In the Arms of a Pirate by Michelle Beattie

Adam by Jennifer Ashley

The Innocent by David Baldacci  *

Redeeming the Pirate by Chloe Flowers

Yield: Damon and Emily by Lilia Moon

The Firefly Dance by Sarah Addison Allen and others

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard  *

Briefly, here is a rundown of the books. One of the romance novels, Redeeming the Pirate by Chloe Flowers, was reviewed on

Kelly’s Lilac Girls is a novel of another untold story set during World War II. It is the story of three very different women and their intersection at a point in time. One woman is a German physician; one is a former actress turned philanthropist/social worker, and the third is Polish resistance member who serves time in a concentration camp, becoming a medical experiment. It is based on real people.

Four of the novels including the above-mentioned Redeeming the Pirate are romances. Michelle Beattie’s In the Arms of a Pirate is a historical romance set during the time of the Battle of New Orleans. The other two, Adam by Jennifer Ashley and Yield: Damon and Emily by Lilia Moon, are contemporary romances. The latter is more of an erotic BDSM romance.

The Innocent by David Baldacci is a suspense-thriller. It is the first in series featuring Will Robie, a government-sanctioned assassin. Yet, he and a young teen may be the ones who are killed in this twist-filled novel.

The Firefly Dance is an anthology of coming-of-age stories from various authors including Sarah Addison Allen, who was the reason this reader chose to read this book. She is one of my favorite authors and having read all of her other novels, I decided to read this anthology just for her portion of the book. What I discovered were several other authors to enjoy. They are Kathryn Magendie, Augusta Trobaugh, and Phyllis Scheiber, and all have numerous novels.

Australian Dion Leonard is the author of Finding Gobi, a memoir about an ultra-marathoner who develops a relationship with a dog while running. During a particularly arduous 155-mile ultra-marathon trip that includes the Gobi Desert, Leonard attracts this stray dog, which runs with him on his daily miles. Initially reluctant to acknowledge the dog, eventually the dog’s loyalty wins Leonard over. So much so that he goes through great lengths (and hoops) to adopt the dog and bring his back to Scotland where he and his wife live.

Overall, a fairly diverse set of reading material.

* SIY challenge books

** Are blog readers aware of the full name of this state?

















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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6 Responses to The Journey of a Thousand Miles (May)

  1. Anne Hinton says:

    The State of Rhode Island and the Plymouth Plantations!
    Lived there for 10 years.


    • Congratulations, Anne. Thanks for responding to my little challenge. I always heard it was The State of Rhode Island the Providence Plantations, but willing to accept your superior knowledge. I always found it ironic that the smallest state in the union had the longest official name. It is a beautiful state. That you read to the end of this, amazing! 🙂 ~nan


  2. Jules says:

    Keep at it! While I know some of my ‘miles’ are from ‘chair dancing’… I’m still moving.
    And I just discovered a math error in my record keeping… ugh.
    Anyway according to FB My half year is doing well… Better than I though.
    May 11th my lifetime miles earned me the Sahara badge (2,983) But that’s from when I started the program. About half of that (about 400 less) actually is just from this year.

    I think I’m going to give up record keeping. I try to get 10 miles a day but I’ve been doing about half that. Closer to 6 or 7.

    My reading is combined online visits… and mostly quick read light murder mysteries. I’m going to have to look into your favorite… soon.

    Cheers, Jules

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  3. JP, I have walked the length of Italy a few weeks ago according to FB. I rarely get more than 5-6 miles a day, but I try to get 14 hours of movement a day (250+ steps an hour) so that I stay active throughout the day. It is too easy to sit down at the computer or read a book and forget just how long it is been. I don’t get the mileage you do, however, at least not daily. Once in a while, yeah, but not generally.

    I keep Excel spreadsheets on my steps, aerobic steps, etc. and have done so for years. It takes a few seconds to record my numbers for the day, and I have set it up to keep the totals. I do the same when keeping track of my continuing education credits and the books I read. Silly, I know, but it gives me something to do.

    If you want to have a copy on your shelves, I have several copies of Atlas Shrugged and I would be thrilled to send one to you for your very own. That way, you can read it (or not) at your leisure. People have given me copies, some of them have never been read. I tend to read my falling apart hardcover sans dust jacket that I bought back in the early seventies. Just let me know if you are interested and it will be posted as soon as I can get to the post office.



  4. How remarkable your steps and reading are!

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