Sunday, June 8, 2014
As soon as I set my mind on a goal, I'm am typically pretty determined. That is especially the case with walking goals. I mentioned to a few people that I wanted to walk more than 60,000 steps in a day since David Sedaris referenced that number as his FitBit accomplishment in an interview. All of the conditions needed for me to attempt such a long walk were in place on Sunday - reasonable temperatures, partly sunny/cloudy, an eager walking partner in Scott, and an event stretching twenty blocks of Lyndale Avenue (Open Streets) to get us off to a great start.
The route shown is not the full 28 miles as I took a 2.7 mile walk around my neighborhood in the morning before Scott was ready to go. I love early morning walks but haven't been successful in convincing Scott that he should get up at our regular 5:45 AM time.
We exited the Grand Rounds Trail soon after we started because of creek flooding. We walked around Washburn High School and the neighborhood before stopping at Caribou Coffee on Nicollet Avenue so that we could get my energy drink of choice, a cold press with half shot of white chocolate (liquid gold).
As we started down Lyndale Avenue, the route for the day's Open Streets, Scott made a lot of stops to talk with dogs.
The great thing about Open Streets is that you can safely spread chalk art to the streets. Peace Coffee is on hand to create fun and games and give out free beans, t-shirts and socks.
More scenes from Open Streets Minneapolis: Lyndale.
A brilliant move by the Lyn-Lake Brewery owners was having their space open for a preview. They are very much under construction but hope to be up and running by August. The old theater has been vacant since 2006 and will be in between Herkimer brewpub and Moto-i sake brewery. Read more
We cut through Loring Park to take the Loring Greenway to Nicollet Mall and walked through the heart of downtown.
After walking down Nicollet Mall, we headed east and walked near the Mississippi River. After spending some time at the I-35 Bridge Remembrance Garden, I dropped my phone on the concrete. It shattered the screen's glass. While I was still able to use my phone, it was definitely traumatized. I guess the memorial gave me some perspective and I didn't get upset and just continued on with our fantastic walk.
We didn't want to spend an hour+ waiting at Sea Salt so after pausing at the Falls, we headed to Lake Nokomis for a Sandcastle dinner. It was a tasty stop and Scott took a breather while propped up by a tree. I think I was fueled on pure determination to meet my 60,000 step goal and still felt energetic at this point in the day (45,145 steps). However, documenting every little thing that caught my eye was no longer appealing to me. We arrived at home and I was about a couple thousand steps shy of my goal. I took a quick break and posted a FB status update: "Scott tapped out but I'm in it to win it so I'm headed to Lake Harriet. Let's do this - 60,000 steps within reach".
Too bad I didn't think to wet my contacts before taking off on my final leg of the walk. By the time I reached Lake Harriet, I was blinded by my own sweat and sunscreen. It was like an Instagram filter was applied to my vision. I was so close to 60,000 steps that I didn't want to stop. I will admit that this stretch was not very much fun. I tried to call Scott to come pick me up but his phone was dead and charging. I guess it is all for the best because I pushed through. I actually started reflecting on the fact that I could still walk despite my temporary visual impairment. Since I actually do have vision problems (high myopia and ocular histoplasmosis) this discovery actually made me happy and I started enjoying my walk again. I even stopped to take a sunset photo!
When I arrived back at home, I switched to my eyeglasses and then took Stewie for a spin! I was unstoppable. Well, I guess I did stop - at 63,335 steps/28.28 miles!
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