C’est la vie

Sometimes you have to let love go before you can find it again.

Old dreams must die before new dreams are born.

Go ahead and call me Captain Obvious, but those were insights gleaned during this past week’s walking extravaganza.

And what a week of walking it was!

184,658 total steps

Avg. 26,380 steps per day. ▲10,281 more than last week

total miles

total miles
▲ 13.60 miles over last week


I do believe that was a record breaker.  This week my goal is to cross the 200,000 step threshold.  That will require some massive walks over the weekend, but weather permitting I’ll push myself to achieve new heights.  Is 50,000 steps in a single day possible?  I aim to find out.  And if I fail, well, I will just take it in stride (ahem).

And I’m down to an even 208 pounds, a loss of 18 pounds in a month.  Nine more to go to reach my goal!

Anyway, life goes on much as it always has.  I’m sad, but less often.  I continue to strive to look forward to the future and not back on my past failures.  And there is much to look forward to.

My upcoming trip to Subic/Olongapo for one.  It will be difficult in some ways because much that I do there will be filled with memories of Loraine.  But I need to man up and move on because I still plan to make my home there come (what) May.

Speaking of which, I discussed the recruitment plan for my replacement here with my Deputy today.  We agreed to announce the pending vacancy in mid-February which should afford ample time to get the new person on board around the time I depart.

My days remaining at Camp Humphreys are dwindling down. Less than six months to go by my reckoning.

I’ll probably miss these noisy birds that are always flying around my office…

And the beer is still cold and wet in Anjeong-ri, so there’s that at least.

Heh, I can be both!

Life is good and bound to get gooder one day soon!

There are people in your life who’ve come and gone
They let you down, you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you, ’cause life goes on
You keep carrying that anger, it’ll eat you up inside

I’m learning to live without you now
But I miss you, baby
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I figured out, I have to learn again
I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore



3 thoughts on “C’est la vie

  1. “Is 50,000 steps in a single day possible?”

    Si, se puede. I walk at a rate of 100 steps a minute, i.e., 6000 steps an hour. My speed is a human-standard 3 mph/5 kph, so that’s almost exactly 2000 steps a mile. 50,000 steps is bigger by a factor of 25, so for me, 50,000 steps would equal about 25 miles, which is close to a marathon (26.2 mi.). This is easily doable for you, given that you walk much faster. A 25-mile/50K-step walk would take me between 8 and 9 hours; I imagine you could finish it in 7 hours or maybe less, depending on frequency and length of rest breaks.

    Watch for blistering, which becomes a factor for me when I’m over the 5-hour threshold. It might be less of a factor for you, given that you weigh 60 or so pounds less than I do. A 50K-step walk is something I did rather often this past spring during my big trek; normally, in my everyday life, reaching 40K is cause for celebration because it’s so rare. My best-ever day, during the trek, was over 60K steps (61,812 steps on May 15, two days before the end of the walk), and my feet were screaming by the end. I rested all of May 16 as a result.

    I assume you’re planning to walk a loop or some sort of path that ends where you start (as opposed to walking to some point, spending the night, then walking back the next day). Whatever you do, enjoy! 50K steps is a good and worthy goal, and averaging 26K steps/day now is pretty damn impressive.

    Good luck!

    (By the way… are you thinking of hiking from Seoul to Busan? As things are now, you’re basically in good enough shape to do it. All you need to do is check the toughness of your feet after a few hikes that are 6 hours or longer.)

  2. Kevin, thanks so much for the insights. I’m not planning anything near the Busan hike, would just like to break the 50,000 step barrier once in my life!

    I’m planning on a long river walk (3+ hours) on Saturday morning. Then in the afternoon I’ll attempt another walk of similar length (probably into Pyeongtaek city). Add in the residual steps and 50,000 could be in reach. A limiting factor is the early darkness these days. It’s perilous walking in the dark down here. Poor street lights, bad sidewalks, etc. Usually during the week I confine my after work walks to a couple of nearby parks.

    Thanks again for the encouragement!

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