Hope you had a fine night, celebrating 2013 in style.
I had a date with my daughter to watch a movie, but she bailed around ten.
Piker. She’s a morning person. [Not sure how she comes by that, but it ain’t honestly….]
I filled the time waiting to see if I was destined to be a designated driver for my son conducting only noble pursuits: playing my new WoW character [Night Elf — level 13, I’ll have you know], and adding up my treadhead mileage for the year.
What? [I’ll pause for you to make fun of me here. Go on — get it out of your system!]
Ahem. Geekiness aside, the numbers are pretty good, happily.
I walked 1778 km on my treadmill this year, whilst working away on this or that. For the first time, I recorded the little runs I do, too, and they added up to [a rather more paltry] 274 km. But you have to start somewhere, right?
Anyway, the big total just edged over the 4000 km mark, at 4023 kms walked and run since I started using the treadmill desk as a workspace for part of the day. This has taken me [virtually] to a spot on the TransCanada just west of Sarnia, Ontario.
I know I’ve said it before, but … man.
This. Is. A. BIG. Country. It’s taken me nearly three years to get this far!
The thing that makes me happiest is that I’ve managed to beat my mileage for each consecutive year since I began this little endeavour. I lost the treadmill for a big chunk of this year to repair, so it was touch and go there, but in 2010 I logged 1026 km [mind you, I didn’t start until more than half-way through March that year, and on a bum knee], and in 2011 I bumped it up to 1218. This year I beat that total, too.
Pressure’s on for 2013!
Okay, kidding aside, the best part of this is that I’m not having to sit my whole day away at a desk. I know a bunch of writers now who have unconventional writing systems — some standing desks, some sit on a Swiss Ball instead of a chair, and others walk while they work. If you’re thinking of making a resolution this year, I can highly recommend adding a little motion to your workday. It doesn’t replace regular exercise, but our bodies were not meant to be stationary all day, and if you can change things up — why not give it a try?
I wish you luck, love and — if you are a writer — a pleathora of beautiful words in 2013. Happy New Year!