Best year ever, so far, right? And it’s not even a day old.
I’m currently hard at work behind the scenes, readying your new year’s treat, which should appear, if all goes well, this Friday. And every Friday thereafter, for ever and ever, amen.
Or at least for the time being.
More on that soon, soon, me pretties.
In the meantime, a quick check-in with writing-desk progress.
As those of you following me on twitter know, I have been loudly lamenting the untimely break-down of my treadmill desk, which began to give up the ghost long, long ago in the distant past [otherwise known as early September]. After many trials and botched repair attempts, it is finally back among the living, and I have been walk-working again in December with great delight. [None too soon, for all those touring and holiday calories have been roundifying your humble scribe. NOT a happy thing…]
Regardless, at the turn of the year, it behooves me to once again address the distances I might have crossed, were I to have been walking straight east across this fair land. And, even though the treadmill let me down for three months this year, I still have pleasant progress to report.
This year I managed 1218.5 km, a nice improvement over the 1027ish that I totalled in 2010. I attribute this increase to the bit of running I added to the mix, which ups the total distances when all the other variables remain equal. I didn’t start walking until March 18th, 2010, so the amount of missed monthage works out to roughly the same. However, I ran just about 500 km of the above distance this year [okay, so 499 if you want to get technical…if I’d known it was that close I would have pushed on the additional distance!] and that had a little bearing, I believe.
In terms of my imaginary cross-Canada trek, you’ll see from the map here that I’ve walked or run a grand total of a little over 2245 km from my starting point on the BC coast, which puts me somewhere along the Portage La Prairie by-pass in the beautiful province of Manitoba.
Whoah. This is a bi-i-i-i-i-i-g country. It’s taking me a decent amount of time to walk across it, eh?
But I feel like every minute walking is one less that I am sitting, so fist in the air for walking writers!
And hey — it’s the beginning of a new year. Any plans of your own to halt the insidious writer’s spread that comes from labouring in a chair all day?
All ideas welcome — share in the comments, if you’d care to. And happy 2012 — here’s to a healthy one for all!