Why I Walked 30,000 Steps on My Treadmill in One Night


I know what you're thinking. Why is this guy walking around on his treadmill at night doing 30,000 steps? Well, let me paint the picture a little bit and it might make more sense. It was in August 2021. 

The original plan was I was training for a virtual walking half marathon (slow walking by the way). I started training in May, and I bought new shoes, went from a manual treadmill to an electric treadmill. I even started doing some resistance band training because my upper body was lacking in strength. To give this story an even more WTF twist, from 2010 to 2017, I ruptured both Achilles tendons playing squash and basketball. Yup, both legs... sigh. 

Okay, let's analyze some data up top. You're seeing my Google fit data from my good old Android device. That was in my pocket for a very long time. This ended up being the way I tracked it, I was originally using both my Google fit and treadmill's data. I'll get into that later. 

So what happened? Well, it was like this. The original plan was to walk half the 21k, on my treadmill, and then I would walk the rest of it outside in the good old outdoors. There was no original plan to walk, 21 kilometers, or approximately 30,000 steps on a treadmill.

Not for a long shot. So everything was looking wonderful, but there were some conditions that popped up in the way. The obvious one was covid-19. Everybody knew that there were restrictions in my neck of the woods (Canada), and it was very clear that going outside and social areas were basically out the window.

So that was that, but then there were two other conditions that popped up out of nowhere. The first condition was a heatwave where in my area, we reached some pretty crazy record temperatures, anywhere from 30 degrees to almost 40 degrees Celcius. 

Now, the date of this marathon was the end of August. So it usually gets pretty hot normally around that time of year. The second condition rhymed with the first condition. Because of the really hot weather, British Columbia, unfortunately, received a large number of forest fires.  

So, you take those three events of covid-19, smoke from BC fires, and an unprecedented heatwave, and you get the perfect conditions to walk a 21 kilometer virtual half marathon, in your house, on a treadmill, but the story doesn't really end there.

Let's talk about the finishing time. I should probably be able to do this bad boy in about five and a half hours (lol, so I thought). I don't walk to race, it's all for fun, just to finish.

Now, the new question was, where can I give time for five and a half hours that would be comfortable. In other words, if I walk from noon to 6pm, it's probably going to be blazing hot everywhere. If I walk from 6 am to noon, then the day is going to get progressively hot, and they're still going to be smoky air. So, the solution was to walk from 12:01 am to 6 am because as the sun comes down, the temperature drops down, there's no heatwave, and hopefully, the smoke would be calmer. 

On a side note, walking outside starting a 12am was a no-no for me, but I was tempted.  

FYI, there is no air conditioning in my treadmills chamber, (the living room). Moving my treadmill in the basement was also out because it was too heavy.

Fast forward to 12:01 am. The treadmill has fired up, the house is cooler, people are saying goodnight, and I'm turning on lights, sparking up the TV, and walking till the sun comes up... 

The first hour I felt great, nothing was stopping me. I was taking my breaks, I felt 100%.

 The second hour, same thing, everything was great at this point.

From 3 am to 6 am, my whole body and mind started to get numb. I had to decrease the speed on my treadmill and I took even more breaks. 

Surprisingly, my treadmill made it with one issue. Unfortunately. The timer on my treadmill only goes up to 99 minutes, so it resets back to zero. So I had to manually set my time, using, my Google stopwatch. I started it right at 12:00 a.m. so, everything was okay.

No big deal, I was also tracking my kilometers on the treadmill alongside the Google fit. 

Then the unthinkable...

I accidentally hit my red safety clip on the treadmill... The red safety clip shuts off the treadmill... I just lost all the kilometers. 

Yaba Daba Doo

Wasn't a total loss, the Google fit was in my pocket.

And that's that.

Google fit screenshot reading the final time 6:28:27
The final time was 6:28:27 

If you're interested in the finer details of that training session, I do have all training in this blog post titled, My Walking Marathon Training After 2 Achilles Tendon Ruptures. 

And I have more videos on my YouTube channel called Ryan's Walking Vlog

Thanks for clicking by. 


January 18, 2022

Hi all, I created a similar post where I talk about the data a bit further. 

January 10, 2022

How many steps to walk a half marathon?

According to my own Google Fit data, it took me about 30,907 steps to walk 21.24 kilometers.