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 was 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.
- 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 had my highest total to date, with 14,023 laps for a total of 589.6 miles, which got me to the small town of Hampton, New Hampshire.
- In 2018, I walked 13,028 laps for a total of 547.8 miles, which got me to Lake Placid, New York.
- In 2019, I moved to a new city and began working at a new church with a different-sized auditorium (each lap is now 118 yards). I walked a total of 8,292 laps for the year (5,075 in the first auditorium and 3,217 in the second) for a total of 429.1 miles, which took me along the Canadian border to the town of Erie, PA.
This past year was strange due to COVID-19. Back in the spring when we suddenly became concerned about the pandemic, I began working from home, and did so for about 12 weeks. During that time, I walked and ran around my neighborhood a lot, and listened to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts while doing so, but quite naturally, fewer days in the office meant less opportunities for walking laps. Once I returned to the office, however, I was still not going to the gym, which meant that I was coming in early some days and getting a lot of reading done those days.
Without further ado, here are my totals for the year:
Total Laps in 2020: 6,836 (approximately 118 yards per lap)
Total Distance in 2019: 458.3 miles
Total Distance to date: 3419.4 miles
In 2020, my totals were the equivalent of walking from Erie, Pensylvania down to Cleveland, Ohio, through Columbus and Cincinnati, and finally stopping in Louisville, Kentucky.
I was surprised but pleased that my totals increased from last year. I have certainly spent enough time walking around the Cloverdale auditorium over the last 18 months that people have become aware of this unusual practice and now joke with me about it.
It has been a couple of years (2018) since I hit 500 miles for the year; that is my goal for 2021.