Lent Day Three: Why 15,000 steps???

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This cheeky little fellow lives in a grove of trees in our front yard.  He teases my dogs…

One of my goals during Lent is to walk or run 15,000 steps a day.  This comes out to around 7.0-8.0 miles a day.  I normally do much more than 15,000 steps, because I just can’t sit still, and I don’t have much better to do during the day.  When I finished running NYC marathon, I knew I was injured.  I knew I was injured the around 5 weeks before the marathon, but I felt I had to do it. I tried running the first part of it, and was doing very, very well.  I was set to finish at around 4:10 hours, but by mile 19, I was beginning to feel my back.  I walked from mile 19 to around mile 23, then ran off and on the rest of the way to the finish.

I stopped running, but was not able to get in to see the physical therapist until after the New Year.  By the time I was able to get back into physical therapy, I had gained 15 pounds, and topped the scales around 152.  I started walking.  At first, I walked 10,000 steps, which is around 4.5-5.0 miles.  When the therapist cleared me to run.  I would run around 1 mile during 4-5 mile walk.  I am now up to running 4-5 miles, and walking a few miles here and there.  A few weeks ago, I upped my step goal from 10,000 steps to 15,000 steps to make it somewhat more challenging.  Since doing this I have lost around 18 pounds, and started to lift weights. The biggest improvement has been in the number of inches I have lost.  This plus adding a healthy  diet, and giving up alcohol, by the end of Lent, I should be down an additional 15-20 pounds.

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