A Goal

I’m setting a goal for myself to take 100,000 steps in 1 day.

Why?

I use FitBit and was recently challenged. During this challenge I walked 30,000 steps in a day because I am oddly competitive about strange things, despite not being a very competitive person. Or maybe I am a competitive person, but don’t have competitive outlets, hmm… Anyway, on FitBit you get a virtual “badge” for the highest number of steps you’ve ever taken in a day. The “badge” is upgraded every 5,000 steps, upto 100,000 steps, which awards the final “badge.” When I hit 25,000 and 30,000 I received new “badges,” since my previous high was 24,000 something. I was curious as to how high it went, and found out that it was 100,000. It seems like an awful lot, and it is, but I realized it wouldn’t be impossible (for me), and I want to do it. A virtual “badge” is kind of silly, and obviously there are other benefits to it, but mostly I want to prove to myself that I can.

By the Numbers

On average I walk about 3.75 mph at 125 steps per minute. With that in mind, here’s what walking 100,000 steps translates to for me:

  • 50 miles
  • 13 hours, 20 minutes

Planning

I didn’t plan a 30,000 day all that well. I actually planned to do 25,000 and ended up doing 30,000 by the end of it, mostly because I wanted the 2nd “badge.” My feet hurt, I was pretty hungry, and my legs were not at 100% the next couple days. While I was able to go out and do 30,000 I know that I couldn’t just go out and do 100,000 without some planning. First, I know that I will have to build up to it, so I will probably start going out every weekend and doing at least 25,000 and increase little by little as time goes on. I’d likely do 50,000 a few times before I go for the 100,000. I don’t think I can make the time to do build all the way up to 100,000 each week or two. Though, I might have to do it that way if the jump from 50,000 to 100,000 fails. I am going to need a route, a plan for food, water, restroom breaks, etc.. Not difficult stuff to figure out, but important to remember. I’m thinking a day in the fall, while it is still warm but not hot. That also gives me all spring/summer to prepare for it. It would be nice if I could find some kind of walk/event to participate in, but most likely I will just spend a full day at a local park.

If I am able to do this, I don’t think I would ever do it again. If I don’t get there before winter, then I probably give up and forget about it. Either way, it should make for an interesting next few months.