|Crossed the Thames so many times via this bridge, 2009-2010.|
In this post, I am assessing what marching I have done besides official events in the periods 1998-2006 and 2008-2011. Pure statistics, really ...
To not "cheat", I only list what would be the minimum I have actually done - based on recollection and written records. E.g. it is highly unlikely that I only trained 160 km when a UN soldier in Eritrea 2000-2001. I have probably never been fitter than in that period, but at least I know that I trained marching twice a week with Staff Sergeant S.V. Jørgensen for at least two months; on top of that a
group of us did a weekend hike up and down a valley, and there was also a road march to a secluded monastery. I have not taken these into account, since I have no idea what the distances were.
About London 2009-2010
In 2009-2010, I have had better opportunities to reconstruct the training amount. Back then I used the online route creation service available at www.runfinder.co.uk to measure some of my trips. On top of that I marched home from central London to Battersea many times, and to and from the embassy every day. That gives me something to calculate on. For sure, I walked MANY more km than what I list here - I used a top-up Oyster card for the Underground, not a monthly one - so this is an estimated minimum. I walked everywhere. Even during working hours I walked, e.g. to Whitehall and back for meetings.
Walking to and from the embassy for 11 months minus seven weeks of leave and vacation
48 weeks minus 7 weeks = 41 weeks of five days = c. 200 days.
2.7 km x 2 = 5.4 km to and back from work
5.4 km x 200 = 1080 km = 1,000 km
Night-walks from central London and home to Battersea, 41 weeks.
Absolute, bare minimum 10 times of a minimum 6 km = 60 km
Recorded Runfinder marches between September 2009 - July 2010
stifindergoblin2 (6.24 miles)
stifindergoblin1 (5.93 miles)
24 JAN museumstur (8.81 miles)
PGR HMS sports PGR (12.31 miles)
PGR HMS Sports (8.66 miles)
PGR IWM HMS Twr (5.81 miles)
PGR Belfast @ IWM (5.22 miles)
PGR til IMPWM (3.57 miles)
PGR Tower Pubvedhjem (13.01 miles)
PGR Tower PGR (13.55 miles)
LPL ST ST (5.51 miles)
Odeon-PGR 6km (3.75 miles)
Amb-Chat 2,6 km (1.59 miles)
PGR-VICT 2,8 (1.74 miles)
24 sep 6.7km (4.17 miles)
Hyde Halv E (2,7km) (1.69 miles)
Hyde East (4km) (2.46 miles)
In all: 105 miles = 168.9 km = 170 km
London 2009-2010 minimum total = 1,230 km
Total: 1,650 km