November and December brought a series of unexpected challenges. I had much more important things to think about than tracking walking data. Family First!
While I always, always wear my pedometer, it only holds a week's worth of totals at a time. If I don't write those totals down, they are lost. It is tempting at times to just average out totals and figure, "Oh, I must have walked x.xx miles that day" (and I may even have done that once or twice). However I try to keep from doing that. It's not accurate and ~ for me anyway ~ it's not honest. I have an annoying tendency to over-state. So while I probably put in well over 100 miles for the month of December, I only wrote down 24.14 miles. Since I haven't shared the November totals yet, that was a more respectable 101.45 miles. My grand total for 2013 was 974.18 miles (remember that I did not track until April) and my grand total is therefore 1939.04 miles. Yippee!!
Keeping track of this gets me into a cycle which makes me want to keep track of this. It's an "auto-reward" kind of loop. I did fair with keeping up with January and so far have not missed a day of February.
So where am I?
I made it to the Grand Canyon and have been walking through there. I am currently west of the Colorado River and more than half-way between the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village) and the Hoover Dam. My plan is to walk/raft down the river to the dam, once I get to the vicinity of South Bay where the river broadens out.
I'm hopeful that the auto-reward-loop will kick in for 2014. Pacific Ocean, here I come!