Category Archives: Health

Mileage Update: Halfway Point

If I had walked 15 miles a day six days a week (as was my goal at the beginning of the year), my current mileage should be: 2,340
What my current mileage actually is: 2,433.19

Nice? But 90 miles a week won’t get me to 5,000 miles for the year!

To be on pace for the 5,000 miles, my current mileage should  be: 2,500 (duh)

So I’m a little behind.

TO BE FAIR, I’ve had to take quite a few days off from walking entirely in order to get all my work done for teaching this semester. And since I don’t have anything else to do in July*, I’m going to try to not only make up the difference in miles but try to get ahead of pace.

So yeah. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it!

*“Get a job, you lazy bum,” you say? Well, I technically got paid for a whole summer’s worth of work teaching during spring. Plus, I’m still holding out and hoping that I’ll get another class to teach in the fall (pleasepleasepleaseplease). PLUS, I’m going to Moscow in August and then on a week-long cruise with Nate, and I don’t know if any job would be willing to give me that much time off right off the bat. So for now, I’m going to take advantage of the awesome opportunity I have to spend a whole month walking to my heart’s content. How many people get to do that?


Anosmia: Cat Food Edition

Believe it or not, I don’t think my anosmia has ever caused me to give myself food poisoning or anything like that. I mean, I’ve had food poisoning before (most likely?), but it’s not because I didn’t smell that the milk had gone rotten or that item XYZ was past its expiration date.

So as surprising as it might seem, my anosmia has never caused me any food-related problems.

But it just caused a problem for Jazzy.

I went to give Jazzy her soft food this morning and she took about half a bite of it before walking away. This isn’t unusual; on the weekends she gets her favorite type of crunchies, so she usually will ignore her soft food in favor of the crunchies.

But then Nate came in the kitchen and was basically like, “why does it smell like death in here?” Turns out the soft food I’d just given Jazzy was super rotten. And I had absolutely no idea.


I cleaned out the bowl and gave her some new non-rotten (as checked by Nate) soft food, and she ate some of it, but then she threw up like two minutes later. I’m not sure if she threw up because of the bit of rotten food she had or because she inhaled the other soft food + crunchies (which happens sometimes), but I still feel bad. I don’t give a crap if I accidentally poison myself, but I don’t want to hurt my kitty.

Stupid nose.


So it turns out that running two half-marathons in a week without ever running more than 8 miles at a time will lead to disturbing pain in one’s knee.

Who knew?!?!?!

Anyway. Gonna take a break on the running for a bit, but not for too long. There’s a marathon in October that I might be able to work my way up to in time. We’ll see. There’s also a marathon/half-marathon up in Banff later this month, but I’ll still be teaching and will probably be WAY too busy to take the time to go to Banff and run (I’d only do the half-marathon, of course, haha).

ALSO, Mario Kart is awesome. I’d never played it before (believe it or not), but Nate got Mario Kart 8 for the Switch and we’ve been playing it for a bit now. I don’t know why I just decided to blog about that, especially since we didn’t play tonight, but there ya go.

I like to play King Boo. Look at how cool he looks!


Zeet Zeet I’m a Beet

HOKAY, so I’ve walked a total of 2,199.32 miles this year so far. I want to get to 2,500 by July 1st.

So can I walk 300.68 miles in June?

I should be able to. Heck, given what I’ve walked so far this year, I’m actually averaging 439.864 miles per month, which is way more than I’ve ever done per month in the past.


Also, have some Braves playing terribly.

Today: I Accidentally a Half-Marathon

Me: I ran a half-marathon this morning!

To be fair, though, doing the half marathon reduced the amount of time it usually takes me to get my 15 miles in, so there ya go.

But yeah, it was kind of accidental. I was originally planning on doing 10k down by the river, which I did. I went out 5k and came back 5k, but then, instead of going back up the hill to get back home, I decided to Forrest Gump it and run in the other direction to see how far I could go.

Which turned out to be 5k out and 5k back again.

Of course, that’s only 12.42 miles, which meant I had to run up that damn hill by the hospital to get to 13.1, which is half-marathon distance. Worth it, though. The furthest I’ve ever run is about 10 miles, but that was with at least three stops. I didn’t stop at all today.

Remember yesterday when I mentioned I’m really bad at training when it comes to running?

I’m completely under Saucony’s thumb and I don’t even care

Ayyyyyyy, so today I broke in my third pair of shoes this year. As far as my previous pair goes, here are some stats, all cumulative since March 20th:

Distance: 839.96 miles
Steps: 1,815,832
Average speed: 4.54 mph
Total time spent walking: 189 hours and 20 minutes (that’s like 7.8 days of walking, haha)

Hooray for a new pair of shoes!

Edit: blister party 2k17!
Edit 2: blister party 2k17, it is now 4:00 in the morning and I’m calling the cops. Please stop.
Edit 3: the blisters have bought the downstairs condo and are partying 24/7. Send help.

The Inaugural “It’s Too Damn Hot to Walk” Walk

I don’t think I’ve walked in temperatures this high since…two summers ago? I don’t think it got this hot in Calgary last summer, and if so, maybe once. Maybe.

ALSO: what the hell is up with the dust in Moscow? I can walk 18 miles in Calgary without my feet turning black from dust (at least, not yet). But 18 miles in Moscow? My freaking shins are dusty. What.

In other news: I’ve walked over 1,700 miles this year so far! I’m going to have to push it a bit to get to 2,500 miles by July 1st (which would mean I’m half way to my 5,000 mile goal at the halfway point of the year), but it’s totally possible.


It is April 9th

In 2013, my total walking distance was 1,361.2 miles.

Counting today’s walk, I have already surpassed that distance, with a total 2017 mileage of 1,373.48. It’s taken me a total of about 305 hours of walking to do that, which roughly rounds to 12.7 days of walking.

That’s pretty snazzy, if you ask me.

I want to try for 5,000 miles this year, but who knows what the fall will bring in terms of a job (HOPEFULLY MORE TEACHING PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE), so we’ll see.


I need to start making an effort to consistently lift weights. Like, I feel like I could kick through a brick wall with how strong my legs are from all the walking, but I can barely carry a gallon of milk up three flights of stairs without feeling a little muscle fatigue in my arm. And I have no idea how strong/weak my core is.


The Consequences of Walking 15 Miles per Day

So yesterday I surpassed 1,000 miles walked for the year. I’m too lazy to check, but I’m pretty sure it took me until sometime in May to reach that same distance last year.

So in celebration (?), here are all the things I’ve noticed that are consequences of walking 15 miles per day*.

  • It’s only March whatever and I already have to get a new pair of shoes.
  • My cardiovascular fitness is better than it ever has been. My resting heart rate is in the high 40 BPMs. It used to be as high as the 70s.
  • I can’t actually run like the wind. But a 10k is like no problem at all anymore.
  • INGROWN TOENAILS, ANYONE??? At least none of them have fallen off. TMI, I know.
  • It doesn’t show up well in a picture, but I can assure you that my heels have the texture of pumice stone.
  • Walking 15 miles takes me anywhere from 3.5 to 4 hours. That’s a decent chunk of time, but I try to justify it by telling myself that if I wasn’t out walking, I’d probably spend that time sitting around and being useless. At least this way I get exercise/miles.
  • My speed has also gotten a lot faster. Last year it was a lot of work to break 4 mph. Now I’m pretty consistently at a speed of 4.5 mph or faster.
  • Here’s a non-consequence (a nonsequence?): I still am crap at telling distances. The only way I can even remotely guess how far I’ve walked (if I’m not constantly looking at my pedometer) is by keeping track of how long I’ve been walking, as my speeds are usually pretty consistent. But if I stop to get groceries and/or charge my iPod, all hope is lost for mileage monitoring.
  • There’s probably more to this list, but I can’t think of anything else right now.

So yeah. Party time.

*Okay, so I don’t walk this distance every day. From Saturday to Thursday, I walk at least 15 miles per day. On Fridays I barely get off my lazy butt. So I guess it averages to a little under 13 miles per day technically, but it really is 15 per day on the 6 out of 7 days per week that I actually walk. So there.

1,000 Miles!

Woot, I hit 1,000 miles during my walk this afternoon. I actually walked up to Westbrook Mall in order to buy a new pair of walking shoes (1,000 miles is “replace the shoes” time whether I want to or not), but of course they had zero Kinvaras.

Oh well. Guess I’ll get them tomorrow.


Mileage: 1,006.09
Time spent walking: 222 hours, 36 minutes, 9 seconds (that’s like 9.25 days, haha)
Average speed: 4.61 MPH



“Gluten for Punishment” would be a great name for a bread store

It’s the end of February and I’ve walked a total of 825 miles this year.

Last year, it took me until April 11th to walk 825 miles.

So that’s pretty cool.

My toes are in shambles, though, and I could probably sand a deck with my rough heels, but THE PRICES WE PAY, RIGHT?

(If I could get to 5,000 miles this year, that would be awesome.)

The Nose Knows? No.

Heeeeeeeeeeeey, it’s Anosmia Awareness Day! Go hug a non-smeller and watch this video I  posted awhile back because it’s fantastic.

(And get me this shirt, haha.)


I broke the 5 MPH barrier during a walk this afternoon.

I didn’t maintain it for long (I did a marathon walk today, so I slowed down quite a bit during the last several miles), but this is the first time that I’ve ever had my walking speed average over 5 MPH for any amount of time.

So that’s pretty cool.

This is What a Record Walking Month Looks Like

Check this noise:

I’ve never walked more than 400 miles in a month before. I’ve come close a few times, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually done it.

Total distance: 422.56 miles
Total steps: 917,659
Total time: 94.30 hours (that’s almost 4 days)
Average pace: 4.49 mph

If I could get that average pace over 4.5 mph for the year, that’d be pretty awesome.

I know it’s very unreasonable to assume I’ll be able to keep this pace for the entire year, but if I can do 420 miles per month, that would put me at 5,040 for the year.

Which, you know, would be fantastic.

But we’ll see I guess.

Oi! Poop!

I’ve walked 90 miles in six days. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before.

Can I keep this pace up for the rest of the year? Probably not. But I’m going to try.


Walking 2016


I’m in the worst mood ever right now, but that won’t stop me from reviewing my walking mileage from last year. I murdered my goal distance (which was 2,000 miles) and set a new personal record for miles walked in a year. Let’s do it: my walking stats for January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Total number of walks: 292
Total mileage: 3,722.31
Total number of steps: 8,048,970
Total calories burned: 248,164
Total walking time (minutes): 54,059.54 [that’s about 37.52 days]
Average speed (mph) per walk: 4.059

3,722.31 miles is approximately the (great circle) distance between Anchorage, AK to Jacksonville, FL, or between Washington, D.C. and Madrid, Spain.

So I guess I walked across the Atlantic Ocean last year!


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

June was a good month.

Let’s do better in 2017!

Lose Your Breath

So…I think I’ve developed sleep apnea (or something very similar?) for some reason. For the past few weeks, every other night or so, I’ll wake up because I’ve stopped breathing.

Which is weird. And kind of scary.

I don’t know why that would suddenly start happening, but it has.

Edit: we discovered that this was probably due to very low humidity (less than 20%) in the condo. Using a humidifier has eliminated the night breathing problems. Hooray!


The Changing of the Shoes

Woah, the first two minutes of this song gives me goosebumps, holy hell. Was not expecting that from Deadmau5.


Today is the three month anniversary of my walking shoes. It’s also time to switch them out, as I’ve gone over 1,000 miles on them (1,061.52, to be exact) and they’re just starting to get holey on the bottoms. I think these have taken a longer time to wear out than my previous two pairs because I’ve done a fair amount of my miles by running rather than walking in these shoes, and I definitely drag my heels less when I’m running versus when I’m walking.

As far as a mileage update goes, I’ve gone a total of 3,186.41 miles since January 1st, so I should hopefully hit 3,500 for the year pretty easily.


Though I’ve heard we’re supposed to get a death winter, so who knows.

Claudia’s Updated Walking Standards

So remember when I made this little breakdown of how I felt about specific walking distances?

15+ miles: Good walk!
12 – 15 miles: Decent walk!
9 – 12: Yeah, sure, okay.
8 – 9: At least you moved a little. Sort of.

Yeah, it’s even worse now. Updated version:

18+ miles: Good walk!
16 – 18 miles: Decent walk!
14 – 16: Yeah, sure, okay.
13 – 14: At least you moved a little. Sort of.

There’s got to be an upper limit to this, but I haven’t found it yet.