I had my 49th birthday this week and for some strange reason, I thought it would be fun to walk 50,000 steps. I know ,right?
I am in a group on facebook and I kept seeing people get 100,000 steps in one day. I really thought about it and couldn’t imagine how someone could get that many steps in one day. I just didn’t think it was possible. But, I was curious. I kept thinking about it. I thought, I could try for half of that someday. Then it dawned on me that I am about to turn 49, why don’t I do a “I’m not fifty, 50,000 step day”. Now, I am not concerned about my age. It’s only a number to me and I certainly don’t feel my age, so it really isn’t about age. But, I wanted to see if I could do it.
Luckily, I have crazy friends. They decided they wanted to do it with me. Again, I know!
Susan, Lauren and I decided we would have to start early and get going and probably would have to walk most of the day. Lisa lives in Kansas City and she couldn’t come down to my neck of the woods, so she decided she would be with us in spirit and get her steps in at home. ( I have a new found respect for her doing this all alone without a friend along, you just have no idea)
We got our first 12 miles done in 3 hours while it was cool. We took a break, showered and headed out for some much needed nourishment. By then it was hot and muggy out, so we decided to finish up at the mall. This was CRAZY! We walked the 1 mile loop around the mall too many times to even think about it! We were there 5 hours and walked 14 miles. I think the fact that it was boring and there were other people there slowed us down. We took several 10 min breaks, but we finally made it. Julie joined us for part of our walked and she got in 20,000 steps!
I was a bit discouraged because Lauren was 6000 steps ahead of me and Susan was 2500 steps ahead of me. We all walked the exact same steps. I’m not sure if my fitbit has a problem or if I just don’t swing my arm enough or what. BUT, they stuck with me until I got my 50,000 steps too! Susan and I decided that since we were so close to 26.2 miles, the same as running a full marathon, we would just go for it. We did it! I can say I have walked a marathon!
We finished up in time for dinner with the family and friends and it was a good day. I wasn’t as sore as I expected to be. My knees were a bit sore the next morning as well as my shins. But, I pampered myself this week and got a reflexology session, a massage and a pedicure. Whew, turning 49 is hard work!
After all is said and done, I’m glad I did it, but I have NO desire to do 100,000 steps in one day and I don’t even want to do 50,000 in one day again!
Huge hugs and thanks to everyone that supported me along the way – whatever the form. I think my favorite was from my mom – “You are doing what? You are truly crazy, enjoy it, I know you will”. She knows me all too well!