A friend asked me:
So how far would you have gone in one million steps? Her question came after I mentioned that Breeze app had shown me I’d walked more than a million steps since I installed it 5 months ago.
In that time I’d apparently spent around 350 hours walking.
I was quite pleased with myself to achieve that many steps, but my friend’s question did set me wondering. If I’d set out from Wellington where I live and walked 1 million steps in one direction where would I have ended up?
Walking on the beach today (though really I was sauntering) I went on down to the damp sand by the incoming tide and walked a few ordinary steps in a straight line. I was physically tired after a demanding week of cleaning and other activities and was walking quite slowly, and with smallish strides.
Using the tiny rule on my Swiss Army Card I measured the print my work boot had left as being around 33 cm. Then I measured about 2.5 boot prints end-to-end between the impressions of my steps in the sand. That would put my ‘tired’ stride at around 85 cm.
Then I mustered up some oomph and walked a few steps in an energetic pace. That stride measured out to be about 3.3 boot prints, or approx 110 cm.
It seems fair to say that my average stride is around a metre.
Siri told me that 1 million metres is 1,000 Km, and Maps helped me determine that to travel by road for 1,070 Km from Wellington at the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand would carry me all the way to Cape Reinga at the very top.
So there we are: my trips round the hill or through the Town Belt in Wellington, walking the dogs or heading in to town, and the long walks up and down the beach near Levin had gradually and steadily mounted up. If I’d been walking with a pointed purpose, rather than whiling away time in circles I could have gone far.
But then that was never the point, anyway.
I wonder how long it’ll be now till I reach 2 million?