The Still Growing 10,000 Step Club

Last year, as I was finishing up my third year with the Fitbit, I took my last look at the top 25 step days I’ve had since I first started tracking my steps way back in July of 2011.  At the time, I had surpassed the 10,000 step plateau 165 times.  In the past year, I have managed to add an additional 52 occurrences, my best year to date, for a total of 218.  With my fourth year using the Fitbit coming to an end last week, I thought it would be appropriate to take a new look at my top 25 step days over the past 7 1/2 years, featuring 10 new entries.

1: 4/14/2018 – 27,470 steps

My best single day total is our first new entry, coming this past April during a trip to New York to see Angelina.  The day’s excursions included trips to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Central Park, the Guggenheim museum, and the Empire State Building.

2: 7/21/2018 – 27,278 steps

Another new entry, from July’s trip to Virginia, fell just short of the top spot, thanks to a hike up Catawba Mountain to McAfee Knob with Jeff and Val.

3: 6/6/2013 – 24,988 steps

After 5 years as my single day best, 2013’s trip to Disney World falls down two spots.  The day’s excursion to both Epcot Center and the Magic Kingdom ended up with a total of approximately 12.5 miles.

4: 3/18/2018 – 23,780 steps

The third new entry comes from last spring’s trip to Las Vegas for the IBM Think conference.  The day’s totals include gallivanting around town, including a trip up to Caesar’s Palace from the MGM Grand to see Absinthe.

5: 10/24/2018 – 23,362 steps

We round out the top 5 with the fourth new entry, from last fall’s trip to Boston to see Angelina for our birthday.  While she was in class, I took tours of Fenway Park and Harvard, before meeting up with her for a late lunch and then heading to the airport for the trip home.

6: 3/22/2016 – 22,493 steps

My former second highest day took place during the ill-fated trip to Disney World in March of 2016.  The day’s excursion started at Hollywood Studios before heading over to Epcot Center with Jeff and Val.

7: 7/27/2013 – 20,592 steps

My now seventh highest total, and my highest at home in the state of Illinois, came thanks to the BTN 5K and a, for lack of a better word, misunderstanding about where I should be picked up after the race.

8: 12/29/2018 – 20,374 steps

The eighth highest entry, and fifth new entry, took place just over a month ago and the trip to Disneyland to see Danny perform with the Lincoln-Way Marching Band.

9: 8/5/2017 – 20,218 steps

The ninth highest entry came in August of 2017 on the first day of my trip to Boston with Danny and Michael.  After landing in town, we traipsed to the Science Museum, a breakfast joint, our hotel, and, finally, Fenway Park.

10: 7/14/2017 – 20,208 steps

We wrap up the top 10 with another trip to Disney World, this time a one day journey with Angelina to celebrate her high school graduation.

11: 9/19/2017 – 20,028 steps

My final 20,000 step day had a myriad of activities.  First was the latest edition of the Sprint and Stride, followed by a trip to Best Buy with Val to buy a new TV, then off to her apartment to install the new TV, and, finally, Season Ticker Holder Family Night at Wrigley Field.

12: 11/11/2017 – 19,590 steps

Our next entry came thanks to 2017’s fall trip to California to see Angelina skate.  This day was spent in Anaheim at Disneyland.

13: 10/23/2018 – 19,312 steps

The sixth new entry on the list comes from last October’s trip to Boston to see Angelina for our birthday, which included a Garbage concert for good measure.

14: 6/2/2016 – 18,725 steps

Day #14, which dropped 6 spots, comes from June 2016’s trip to Universal Studios.  Our first full day at the park, we split the day between Universal and Islands of Adventure, taking in all of the different Harry Potter options.

15: 6/4/2016 – 18,617 steps

Our next entry is also from the June 2016 trip to Universal Studios.  The day included another trip to Islands of Adventure, and would have ended up even higher but for an afternoon trip to the hotel pool.

16: 6/21/2017 – 18,290 steps

My 3rd highest day in the state of Illinois was a normal day of work followed by a walk to and from the local neighborhood Starbucks.

17: 9/6/2015 – 18,259 steps

Down six slots from last year, my now-seventeenth highest total comes courtesy of my trip to Toronto in September 2015.  This Sunday consisted of traversing around Toronto, with trips to Royal Ontario Museum and, at night, the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre for the Oddball Comedy Fest.

18: 9/9/2018 – 18,043 steps

The seventh new entry comes courtesy of my trip to Belfast last September.  Aside from travelling through the airport, the day also included a trip to Castle Ward to see some Game of Thrones sights.

19: 9/11/2015 – 17,889 steps

My nineteenth best total occurred during my trip to Toronto.  My last day in the city was spent at the Eaton Centre mall, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a few other stops.

20: 6/8/2013 – 17,852 steps

We wrap up the top 20 with the trip to Disney World in 2013, this time for a day split between Animal Kingdom in the morning and Hollywood Studios in the afternoon.

21: 6/1/2016 – 17,243 steps

Our next entry comes courtesy of 2016’s trip to Universal.  This first day of the trip started in Chicago at O’Hare and took us to the Hard Rock Hotel for check-in and a round of mini-golf at City Walk before taking a quick trip in the afternoon to Islands of Adventure to reacquaint ourselves with the original Harry Potter attractions.

22: 12/28/2018 – 17,213 steps

Another new entry, thanks to my New Year’s trip to California.  This, our first day, consisted of a walk down Hollywood Blvd. to take in the Walk of Fame.

23: 3/20/2018 – 16,860 steps

Yet another new entry, thanks to my Vegas trip last March.  This day was the second official day of the IBM Think conference, which ended with a Barenaked Ladies concert at Mandalay Bay.

24: 6/15/2018 – 16,714 steps

Our final new entry comes courtesy of Danny’s campus visit at Purdue last June.

25: 8/6/2017 – 16,577 steps

Our final entry is thanks to my August 2017 trip to Boston.  This day consisted of a walk for breakfast, before heading to Skywalk Boston, the Boston Tea Party Museum, and, finally, the airport to head back home.


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