This time last year, I randomly decided to leave the house in the middle of the night and walk for the next 14 hours until I hit 100,000 steps on my FitBit. Why? Just to earn the Olympian Sandal badge.
I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t really have a worthwhile reason behind doing it other than for that badge. I’ve had Fitbit since April 2015, and as of this writing I am currently on 19,287,747 life time steps. I’m a postman, so it’s almost like I cheat. There’s no reason for me to quote that figure other than I think it sounds awesome. But I had always wanted to get the biggest badge that they had, the Olympian Sandal. Well, here it is:
Walking 100,000 Steps to Earn The Olympian Sandal Badge
I understand that you may be thinking I’ve just saved that image from Google. But I haven’t, that would be a stupid. So here’s a snapshot of the Daily Steps Badges that you can gain from FitBit. They basically have one for every 5,000 steps until you hit 80,000. I think that’s a little harsh, there would bee no harm in making it 5,000 all the way to the 100,000 step badge. Here they are:
Embracing the 100,000 Steps
The real reason behind doing this challenge was simply to impose a large amount struggle on myself. That moment when I left the house, I knew I had a daunting, time consuming task on my hands. I knew I was just going to be walking until that 100,000 steps had been hit.
Was it difficult? Kind of. But I am a postman and walking is how I earn my living. I simply had a load of podcasts to get through and went for an exceptionally long walk. Was I drained and tired by the end of it? Yes. I was dead. But leaving at midnight on no sleep had a big part to play in that.
I wanted this to translate into a metaphor that I could take into my everyday life. Whenever I feel a large amount of struggle coming on, or I find myself in a position where something is going to take a lot of time, I think back to doing this. Whether I’m struggling with Isabelle, my daughter who this blog is named after, or about to start cooking for 7 hours for a buffet. I just breath in and think “I’ve been here before, let’s do this.”
How Many Miles is 100,000 Steps?
Just on a side note before I carry on, I do get asked how far 100,000 steps actually was, or more importantly how many miles it is. And to answer that will likely depend a lot on your stride length. But for me, it was 42 miles, and I have fairly short legs. Someone with a really long stride who covers a little bit longer whilst still only taking one step might incur more miles.
Get out and Give it a Go!
I genuinely feel that these days people generally have life a little bit too comfortable. Of course, that’s not true of everyone, but for a lot of us it is. And it’s those people who would think that they could never do a task like this. But they could. They either just don’t want to, or aren’t motivated enough to try. I know this sounds silly, but this was less a physical task and more a mental one. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other, albeit for 100,000 steps.
I have thought about doing something like this again, and if they had a larger badge, maybe 150,000, I would go out and try and get that. I still had plenty of time in the day to keep going. I managed to get the badge not long after 3pm, although I did start at midnight.
After Hitting 100,000 Steps What’s Next?
There’s still a part of me that wants to do a 24 hour walking challenge. Midnight to midnight, with virtually no stopping. If I had the backing of a charity it might be something I’d consider doing. At least that way I can feel that it’s actually for something. But I am going to do a 100KM walk – which is roughly 62 miles – in aid of Action for Children. So that should be fun. As for Fitbit, since they only have this badge, I can’t really do much else. They do have the lifetime badges, but I’ll gain them as they come. You can’t really go out and push for 10,000 miles or something silly like that.
Well, that’s it for this post. I know this post might seem like it’s just here to show off, but my overall message is to embrace self imposed struggle. That way, when real struggle comes along, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it. If you haven’t yet bought a Fitbit then here’s a few that an available on Amazon. I really would recommend people buying these. Getting into the habit of walking more often is obviously a great thing for your physical and mental health. You’ll even get slightly hooked and just want to walk to gain badges. That’s what happened to me!
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