I bought a pedometer that I can download into my computer, but I am with you when "outside only" miles count. I don't wear it all the time so I don't count my steps per day. I only wear it when I'm training for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer walk I am doing in September, 60 km in 2 days. Woohoo! So, I walk short walks during the week, under 5 miles and longer walks on the weekend, 8 to 10 miles or so (for now). I need to plan an over-10 mile walk soon.
I've been on the Trail now for almost 2 years. I try to average 3 miles or more a day, but if my dog isn't up to it or has an injury we are off the trail----sometimes for weeks. Matter of fact, we just got back on the trail, after having 4 weeks off, she (Isabelle' my dog) sprained her shoulder. So we are starting slow and steady----right now we are averaging 1.50 miles a day. I just have to pay attention to her needs first, so when she's ready we'll apply more miles. I don't mind though, as long as I'm out there with her by my side and we are adding up those miles, I'm happy :-)
Also, we only do outside miles, no treadmills, DVD's count on our walk----it's strictly outside miles and the miles have to be continuous. Shopping, walking around the mall, house, etc. do not count. Only outside continuous miles are counted toward our AT challenge, around the neighborhood, on our local trails, etc. are the only miles that are put toward our challenge.
Doing it this way I find is much more challenging, plus it gets you outdoors and it never gets boring. There is always something new to see and the fresh air is an added plus.
Winters are hard, we try to get out when we can, but nothing beats walking in a fresh snow, when everything is white and untouched. Each season out there, really helps you to enjoy nature and the beauty it has to offer. It's like looking at a new painting each and every day.
We started 10/07 and are now at 464.97 miles, we started in Georgia and will end in Maine. Right now we are just 3.04 miles from going into Virginia and looking forward to getting there, it seems like it has taken forever to get there and worth every step!
Have fun and enjoy your challenge, once you get started it's very addicting, as I have found----I just love doing it and really miss it when I can't get out.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!” ~Author Unknown
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