Category Archives: Health

If I Sits I Fidgets

I saw this animation a while ago, but I just recently found it again. Even just watching it makes me antsy.

I definitely get fidgety and lose my ability to concentrate if I spend too much time sitting. I walk for at least two hours every day (usually it’s closer to three and a half or four), so that’s time spent not sitting, but I still feel like I sit too much. I have no idea how I used to sit so long before I started doing my walks.

Walking helps me concentrate, anyway. If I do my walking in the morning before I go to campus, I feel like I’m a lot more productive, even if I don’t actually start doing any work until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. On the other hand, if I try to work at school first and then go walking, I know I waste a lot more time and just can’t concentrate as well.

Anyway. Now I feel super bad watching this on the day that I didn’t even leave the house, but tomorrow it’s back to walking/running!



As I’ve mentioned before (I think?), I recently discovered that there’s an Anytime Fitness like 15 minutes away from campus. Today I got up the courage to go there and ask for the 7-day free trial, ‘cause I want to get back into running BUT the weather’s going to start going to hell soon, so I might as well have a gym as backup for everything, right?


It’s a super tiny little place, but I don’t think anyone knows it’s there (it’s kind of hidden way back in a bunch of buildings) and so there were like four other people there the whole time I was working out.

The equipment seems nice, they have 12 pound weights (10s are too light and 15s are too heavy right now, but it’s super hard to find 12s for some reason), and I spent about an hour on the treadmill running a 10k. I can definitely tell that all my walking has really increased my endurance and my ability to recover after working out. I had no trouble with the 10k itself, and it took less than 15 seconds for my breathing to go back to normal after I finished. My heart rate felt like it went back down to normal pretty quickly, too.

So yeah, even though I’m not doing super hard aerobic exercise by walking, the benefits are still there.



Beat this walking speed, bitches:


This was Pullman and back, so I didn’t have to worry about stopping at crosswalks/stop lights except in Moscow, so that helped.

That’s a 12.27-minute mile, by the way. Not too shabby. Too bad I don’t walk that fast all the time.


Edit: ow, my quads.

The Gat Greatsby

Here’s an interesting article talking about the difference in the workout/calorie burn for walking versus running. Basically, common sense is right: running burns more calories than walking if both are done over the same distance. The author looked at comparing the net calorie burn of running versus walking. Net calorie burn is the total calorie burn minus the resting metabolic calories that your body would have burned during the time of the workout even if you hadn’t been working out at all The relative net calorie burn of running a 9:30 mile is approximately the same as walking a 19:00 mile.

However, the author notes that walking should not be discounted as a good source of exercise—especially if the walking is done at a rapid pace. He states that at fast paces, walking is actually harder than running. This is because the body is really not designed to walk quickly. Moving quickly is what running is for! So trying to force your body to walk at a very fast pace actually increases heart rate, oxygen consumption, and calorie burn.

So yay for fast walking! I like walking better than running for exercise anyway, ‘cause I can easily walk at 4.3 mph or faster for upwards of four hours, but make me run at a reasonable speed for about an hour and I’m dead.

June walking!

So June was a good walking month. In all, I walked 392.78 miles in 850,144 steps. I spent 94 hours and 47 minutes walking (almost four days), which is super awesome.

Oh, and today I walked a marathon. Or a little bit further: 26.51 miles. That’s a new daily record for me by about 4 miles. WOO!

Graph of distances per day!


Only three days with distances less than 10 miles and only seven days with distances less than 15 miles? I’ll take it.

Also, if this were to ever be my monthly pace, I could hit 4,700 miles in a year.



I’ve had a good week as far as walking goes. From Monday the 20th until today, I’ve walked a total of 136.1 miles in 296,578 steps. Graph!


(Ignore Friday.)

ALSO! Yesterday was the first time I was able to hold an average pace of 4.5 MPH for 20 miles. I guess I’d never really tried for that before, but my average pace is usually around 4 to 4.2 MPH. So it’s an improvement, at least.



Today was perfect weather for being outside—not too hot, not too cold, and overcast—so I decided to go for a run down by the river for the first time.

It was pretty awesome.

The 5k mark from where our street meets the river path is pretty distinctive, so running to that point and back gives for a nice 10k. And it’s a lot nicer running along a path made for walkers/runners than having to run along a sidewalk and get interrupted by stop signs, stop lights, and cars every block or two, like I had to do in Vancouver.

Yay running!

I’m a champ.

I haven’t had much of an appetite for the past week or so, but I just inhaled like an entire box of cereal tonight because doing so felt like the best thing in the world.

Now I feel like garbage ‘cause I ate an entire box of cereal.

Dafuq, body. Dafuq.


So today I ran 10 miles.


I still hurt while I was walking to the rec center, but once I actually started running, I felt a lot better. So I just kept running.

Plus, there was baseball on one of the TVs and the Mariners were actually winning.
Plus, U of I rec center.


[Edit: OH MY GOD I am in a lot of pain, haha. I can’t bend my legs; my quads are super sore. WORTH IT, THOUGH]


Smart person: Hmm, I haven’t gone on a run since 2012, but let’s see what happens when I try to run on a treadmill.

Me: Hmm, I haven’t gone on a run since 2012, but let’s see what happens when I try to run on a treadmill.

Smart person: (after running a mile) Cool, this is fun and doesn’t hurt. I should take it easy, though, ‘cause I haven’t run in four years.

Me: (after running a mile) Cool, this is fun and doesn’t hurt. Let’s keep going!

Smart person: (later) I’m glad I stopped after 3 miles. It felt good and I’m not in pain!


Smart person: (the next morning) Still not in pain! Maybe I can run for a slightly longer distance today.


Yeah. I haven’t gone on a run since 2012 and yesterday I decided to do a dumb and run 8 miles without a break. The good news: I’m able to run 8 miles without a break and it felt fantastic. The bad news: my quadriceps feel like they’re going to shrivel up and die.


Hello, reader(s)! So this is going to be the TMI posts of all TMI posts (at least until I post the thing I plan on posting sometime this summer), so if you don’t want to read about my nasty-ass body, feel free to skip this.


I’m very close to hitting 1,000 walking miles for the year (it should happen either the last week of April or the first week of May, if all goes well). Since I take approximately two days off from walking per week (one of the weekend days, and my “I’m a slug, deal with it” Fridays), that means I walk approximately 11 to 12 miles five days a week. Some weeks it’s more, some weeks it’s less,  but on average, I’d say approximately 12 per day. Here’s some of the weird shit that this walking regimen has done to my body:

  • Two of my toenails are completely black. Like, always. I think there’s blood under the nail from them being pushed against the insides of my shoes. This is, however, most likely due to the fact that I had to revert to Kinvara 5s when I murdered without remorse wore out my Kinvara 6s. I wore an 8 in the 6s and went back to a 7.5 in the 5s; I think my feet had gotten used to a little more room.
  • My big toes’ toenails, on the other hand, are shiny enough to be used to signal a passing plane from a remote island. I think my socks are polishing them.
  • My calf muscles are super visible when I flex them. It makes me very happy.
  • My knee-high socks do not appreciate my calves, though.
  • After my longer walks (15+ miles) or walks when I’m carrying groceries home (12 miles, 20+ pounds or so in my backpack?) I’ve started getting hematuria. Apparently it’s fairly common with strenuous and/or long bouts of exercise (and particularly for runners) and not too big of a deal. Which is good, ‘cause it scared the hell out of me at first. It also goes away within about 5 hours.
  • I have the most godawful tan pattern going on, especially on my arms. It’s mainly on my left arm, ‘cause I wear my extra hairbands and Fitbit on that arm, but all of them have been worn for different amounts of time, so my skin’s in like 30 different shades on my left arm. It’s weird. I’m going to look awful at my wedding; I should get a long-sleeved dress.


You know you’re bad at sleeping like a normal human being when, after the first two questions in a sleep survey, you get this:





I have no freaking idea how my feet get so dirty. I mean, I get that I’m out walking for like 3+ hours, but it’s not like I’m walking on dusty paths. I’m on the sidewalks. Is Calgary really that dusty?

Oh well.

I won’t spam you with my nasty feets this summer, I promise.


Over the past three weeks, I’ve had a week where I’ve walked more than average, a week where I’ve walked less than average, and a week where I’ve walked an average amount. I decided to make a little graph of the differences.


Here are the totals for each week:
“Low”: 56.62 miles
“Average”: 63.93 miles
“High”: 83.46 miles

Sorry, I don’t have anything else to blog about today.

Anosmia Awareness Day

It’s Anosmia Awareness Day 2016!

I know anosmia isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but there’s a good number of us out there who have it, congenital or otherwise. Here’s a map of just those of us from the Anosmics of the World, Unite! Facebook page who’ve marked our locations for others to see.


Also there’s this, which seems pretty cool.


Walk da Walk 2015



So I surpassed my goal distance by quite a bit, which is awesome, but that’s not all I keep track of! The following are my walking stats for January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Total number of walks: 306
Total mileage: 2,523.29
Total number of steps: 5,286,330
Total calories burned: 170,356
Total walking time (minutes): 38,237.76 [that’s about 26.55 days]
Average speed (mph) per walk: 3.876

2,523.29 miles is approximately the (great circle) distance between San Francisco, CA and New York, NY. If you want to go north-south instead, it’s a bit longer than the distance between Calgary, AB and Alert, NU. Pretty cool.

Distance Walked


Distance Walked NS

Here are my total distance graphs by week day and by month.






How to Ruin a Regression Analysis

I’ve walked a total of 275.48 miles this month. That’s substantially more than any other month this year (except maybe April).

19 of the last 22 days’ walks have been longer than 10 miles. 17 of them have been longer than 12 miles, and five of them have been longer than 15 miles.

This is going to really screw with any regression analyses I was planning on for the end of the year, but hey. If I can get to 2,500 miles, then it’s all worth it.



(Hint: it’s me.)

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I’ve gone a little over 1,400 miles in these, so giant holes in the soles are no fault of the shoes themselves. And in case you’re curious as to what my socks look like:

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And yes, I was in a bathroom stall taking pictures of my shoes and socks. Deal with it.

I did something bad.

What did I do?

I realized that I can get to a total walking mileage of 2,500 for 2015 if I walk 9.8 miles per day for the rest of the year.

That’s not impossible, not at all.

I…I might need to make it happen. But we’ll see.

Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is actually referring to every other block in Calgary

Nate and I did another 20-mile walk today! This time we walked to Sunridge Mall and back. A nice big loop.


(The map route is approximate.)

I’m also REALLY CLOSE to hitting 2,000 miles for the year. I’ve got about 8 more to go.