You may remember that I am a proponent of the treadmill desk as a way to stave off some of the posterior-widening that so often comes to those in my line of work. I acquired my machine in March of 2010, after a knee injury [torn meniscus] left me unable to run. I strapped a plastic surf-shelf to the digital display and began to write down the distances I walked each day with a goal in mind to virtually make it across Canada. When I finally got rid of the pesky meniscus, I started running again, but kept the walking going as a part of my working day.
By the end of 2013, as you can see here, I made it across Canada, mostly following the Trans-Canada highway. So this year, while the walking continued, I had a conundrum…where to walk next? I always like a challenge, so — first Canada, now … the world?
But which route to take?
With one thing and another, I had a kind of poor year for recording my distances in 2014, but in the end I added 1888 km to my total [of which more than 1100 km were running — it was a GREAT year for that, at least]. And now, even though roads are not always an option for travelling around the world, I’ve decided to follow the major land masses as best I can. I’m going to head [still virtually] north and east, along the coast of BC and up to Alaska to cross the Bering Strait into Russia.
Google maps, which has been my friend throughout the whole of the virtual journey so far, is proving less than useful for this leg. My 2014 mileage has taken me along the coastline of BC, up through Prince Rupert and into Alaska, but I haven’t found a way to measure this exactly just yet.
If you know a decent piece of mapping software for walkers, I’d love it if you could let me know!
I will continue my own research, and as always, keep you apprised. In the meantime, why not let me know what posterior-widening avoidance techniques you have embraced for 2015? I’d love to cheer you on!