Walktober is an event put on by the Campus Rec at Portland State University. It’s basically a one-month challenge to get you to attempt to walk at least an average of 10,000 steps a day — or at least 310,000 steps for the month of October. I set out to participate in this, which I didn’t think would be too hard. I had a health blow in the very beginning of October, however, and had to undergo a painful surgery and recovery which left me in a place of not walking much for the first 11 days of October. In spite of this, I doubled down my efforts and went on regular long walks to compensate for the lost time. At the end of the day on October 31st, I had averaged 11,919 steps a day for the month of October, according to Apple Health.
A couple of years ago I was regularly walking 15,000-20,000 steps a day, and I felt the best I ever have in my adult life. Walktober has allowed me to show myself that I can do that sort of thing again, and so much more. October is now over, and Walktober with it, but I am not going to stop trying to exceed my step goal every day. I am also not going to stop adding other small activities into my daily life (for November I am FINALLY going to set out to achieve my goal of completing a 30-day yoga challenge! I’m even considering blogging about it as I go).
For my final walk of October, I found myself journeying from my home on the PSU campus in downtown Portland, up to the OHSU campus and back. As I arrived at OHSU I found it fitting because in many ways it marks the beginning of several journeys, because I would love to go to school or do research at OHSU one day, and it is a center of health at the top of the city. Also fitting because this blog post is — I hope — going to be the first of many that touch on health and wellness.
Friday I will be attending the closing ceremony for Walktober, and next year I am going to plan on performing even better than I did this year. In the meantime, I will take things one step at a time.