Right I’m going to start with the song “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers because I’m celebrating the fact that I walked more than 500 miles in the last 100 days.
You can play it while you read the rest of this post if you like. And in case you we’re wondering, ‘haver’ – which is one of the lyrics in the song, means to: ‘Talk foolishly; babble’ in Scottish. Which is probably most of what you’ll find me doing here.
So I passed the 500 miles mark on April 9th. Proof here!:
I also walked a total of 1,262,233 steps (give or take). That’s over ONE MILLION STEPS. If only they were dollars.
Today, (day 101), I have only walked 2,655 steps so far. And I am so ok with that.
So the aim was to meet a target of 10,000 steps each day and I missed that target on a 3 days according to the pedometer app I have on my phone. Two of those days was by less than 500 steps and on the second fail day, I did complete them just after midnight but I just ran out of time. Obviously I took a picture as proof on one day – I had done another 1,009 steps by 00:17.
The first fail day was when I was in London and I’d been at my friend’s Kaya & Chris’ for dinner in Clapham. I missed the last tube from Clapham even though I/we thought the tubes were supposed to run all night nowadays, I got a night bus & part-walked to Brixton and my phone battery died. At least I was in a place I used to live so I felt safe because I always do in that part of London anyway – it feels like home and there were loads of people out. I was trying to get up to Finsbury Park. None of the shops would let me plug my phone in though even if I offered to buy something, but they let me charge it for a little bit at McDonalds (a place I avoid like the plague usually on principle, but I didn’t know what else to do). Then I walked and night-bused it all across London via Bank & Camden as my phone battery died again so I resorted to asking bus drivers the best way (no phone = no map/apps) and finally got back to my stepdad’s at 2:15am. So I did the steps but my phone didn’t count them. OK!!!!?!
The 3rd fail day I had a complete meltdown (the less said about that day the better) and I only reached 6,593 steps. It was on day 90 as well (slightly ironically it was also the day I had finally walked 500 miles). I didn’t know this at the time though so I was really annoyed / upset with myself on top of being an emotional wreck! LOL.
But then on day 97 – Easter Sunday – when I was tired and really really didn’t want to walk anywhere and it started raining just as I put my coat on to go, but I went anyway, while I was out it suddenly dawned on me that actually if I added all the steps up, I’d probably already passed the total target of the number of steps I needed to do! So I then added up the total target in my head & worked out it was it was ONE MILLION STEPS. (Not exactly complicated maths I know – 100 x 10,000 – just add up the noughts), but I hadn’t actually thought about the bigger picture because I was too busy focusing on trying to get to 10,000 each day. So at that moment I got super excited & powered through the rest of my walk and the sun came out and I had a big grin on my face because I realised technically I’d probably already done it! Some days I went way over my target, nearly reaching 30,000 steps and also didn’t always have my phone on me at every moment. I had to charge it sometimes and I gig a lot so I wasn’t always allowed to take my phone on stage with me.
So then I went to add everything up in a spreadsheet and realised that yes I did in fact reach my target on day 81 when I got to 1,004,477 steps. I could have stopped this obsessive walking shite 19 days earlier!
Interestingly, steps don’t equate miles don’t equal calories burned – i.e. more steps could be less miles or less calories and less steps could be more miles and more calories. Effort clearly plays a large part in this. An example is one day I somehow burned more calories but did less steps: 10,900 Steps / 1,061 Kcal on one day compared to 10999 Steps / 495 Kcal on another. Weird.
Dance-floor steps and other fun stuff.
So, the best day was when I reached my target was at 5:24 am and I did that just by dancing on Saturday night / Sunday morning for hours at Threshold Festival! Boom!
Also as one of the organisers of the Festival (specifically the visual arts), I covered so many steps in the lead up to it while we turned several spaces into exhibition spaces including an empty warehouse space.
So it got to the point when I was happy to do energetic things like run errands and go to the shops and pick up train tickets and things for people. I helped my mates Kaya & Chris move flat while I was down in London – ‘cos why not – I got loads of steps in and I had practised moving the week before as I had moved home also. The day I moved was exhausting: With help, I moved all my stuff up several flights of stairs (I now live in an attic flat). I did however feel a massive sense of achievement at the end of the day when I realised I had scaled a total of 197 floors. YES!
I was also encouraging anyone I was with to join in when I was out on a night out or at friend’s houses, pacing around people’s living rooms. One night we all went out after a gig and while my mate Saphena smoked a cigarette I was manically trying to finish my steps for the day so she joined in with me. We were pacing up & down, jogging & skipping on Duke Street from 11:50pm – midnight and tagging the wall and I was ranting at her about what was going on in my life. When we went back into the bar, Jenn said to us, “well Jaz you look energised & Saph you look out of breath”. Hilarious.
Health & well-being.
This these images kind of say it all.
The first is an image that I found from 7th January. This was three days before I started this self-imposed challenge. Post Christmas / New Year blues clearly in full force there. I also had pretty bad eczema too from wearing, what turned out to be (from a process of elimination), waterproof eye make-up. It was around then that I decided I was really going to push myself to try this 100 day challenge. I managed 4,990 steps that day and realised I needed to up my game. That first picture was never really meant for anyone else to see but looking back & realising how far (500+ miles) I have come I’m happy to share it.
The second picture is from day 20 of the challenge, which I put up in my previous post and from when I was exhausted by it all but determined to keep going.
The third one is from yesterday. Day 100! I mean obviously smiling helps ha ha, and I’m made up to have made it to end, plus the weather is so much nicer now it’s April and not January.
I think though that being outside, getting fresh air, exercise, daylight, vitamin D etc. etc. are all good. My legs feel more toned, I have more energy, I can focus better (when I have time to sit still) and walking 10,000 + steps is pretty easy now.
I just need to try to make sure I try to keep moving! I need a new challenge – answers on a postcard please. My friend & band-mate Dawn suggested a 100 day yoga challenge. I also need some new trainers soon too – I have already sewn the toe-holes in these ones up once and I’m on the 2nd pair of insoles for them.
Finalky, here are a few pics I took along the way (since my last post).