5,320,000 steps

Roughly 10,000 steps equals five mile. Multiple those steps times the distance of the Pacific Crest Trail (2,660 miles) and if my calculations are correct, the sum is 5,320,000 steps. *For those readers familiar with the Broadway musical, Rent, that’s a lot of love.*

This year I was honored to be selected as a  2015 Medtronic Global Heroes team member. This is a team comprised of 25 runners, from six continents, who proved that a diagnosis didn’t end their run. I wrote a statement elsewhere, summing up what being a Medtronic Global Heroes means saying, “every mile changes you.”

Rather running or hiking, each mile traveled changes some aspect of you. Running has changed me considerably. Because of running I am physically fit enough to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (though realistically the only thing that can prepare me for hiking the PCT, is to hike the PCT).

From one year of running I have lost nearly 50 pounds. Physically, I’m expecting a drastic transformation. I am starting the trail about 15 pounds over my recommended weight. Mentally, I have no expectations of the changes that I will go through.

As of now, all I can do is go through scenarios and equations, 144 days until the PCT and subtracting


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Comments 2

  • Hannah Marie : Dec 11th

    I wish you the best of luck on the PCT! Keep up the positive outlook. Also, that is quite a lot of love! Yay for Rent.

    • Crystal Gail Welcome : Dec 17th

      Kudos for getting the Rent reference and thanks.


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