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Reading and Walking in 2019

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:

2019 was a year of transition for me, as we moved midway through from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Searcy, Arkansas. Not only did this transition lead to a lot of busyness, affect my routines, and alter my reading (and walking) habits somewhat, it also changed the size of the auditorium that I walked around, so moving forward, my number of laps will be much smaller. The total mileage remains a constant measurement, though.

Without further ado, here are my totals for the year:

Total Laps, January–May 2019: 5,075 (approximately 74 yards per lap)

Total Laps, June–December 2019: 3,217 (approximately 118 yards per lap)

Total Distance in 2019: 429.1 miles

Total Distance to date: 2961.1 miles

In 2019, I went from Lake Placid, New York down to Syracuse, out to Buffalo, and finally stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania.

My rate of walking decreased slightly after moving, but this also reflects the time of year: I always get less walking done in the summer because the schedule of youth ministry has me out of the office more during that time. On the whole, though, I did less walking in 2019 than in 2018, and I think that was just a reflection on having to devote more time to other tasks.

My goal for 2019 was 500 miles, which I did not reach. I think that is a good target to aim for in 2020.


  1. Marion

    Nice work Luke! I feel like I’m a better thinker on my feet. Also, some large corporations are new encouraging “walking meetings” rather than sitting in a conference room or an office. Either way this works well for you, so kudo’s!

    • Luke


      I have gotten to where I prefer to talk to people (on the phone or in person) while walking. I think it helps me focus better. So, the “walking meetings” totally makes sense to me!

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