In April 2013, I started walking laps around the church auditorium while studying or reading. I found this helped me to focus better, and also it was a good way to be a little less sedentary while at work.

Each lap around the auditorium is approximately 74 yards. In 2013 I walked a total of 5,608 laps, which amounts to a total distance of 235.8 miles. As I mentioned in my report at the start of 2014, that is basically the equivalent of traveling from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri on foot. In 2014, I walked a total of 10,497 laps, or 441.4 miles, which got me from Kansas City, Missouri to the outskirts of Joliet, Illinois. In 2015, I walked 9,774 laps, of 411.0 miles, which got me all the way to Cleveland, Ohio. Then, in 2016, my walking decreased somewhat, as I only amassed 7,288 laps for a total of 306.4 miles, which got me slightly past Hagerstown, Maryland.

In 2017, I wasn’t sure what my totals would look like, but I was hoping to get back over the 10,000 lap mark. Without further ado, here are my totals for the year:

Total Laps in 2017: 14,023

Distance per Lap: approximately 74 yards

Total Distance in 2017: 589.6 miles

Total Distance to date: 1984.2 miles

In 2017, I made it into D.C., and then traveled through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, and final to the small town of Hampton, New Hampshire (en route to Maine).

I was confident that I had walked more in 2017 than 2016, and was hopeful that I was going to surpass the 10,000 lap mark, but honestly, I was blown away by my totals for the year: almost twice of what I had accumulated in 2016, and 3,500+ laps more than my previous personal best.

I don’t know what to expect in 2018, and don’t have a specific goal in mind. I have the feeling that 14,000 laps may not be a sustainable total each year, but I do like the idea of completing 500 miles each year. We’ll see how it goes!