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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Don't expect me to keep up this keenness

I just wanted to address the regularity of posts. After my initial burst of excitement, I'll probably taper off to once or twice a week, on a weekday. The thingy that my Fitbit syncs to is in my office, so I can only get up-to-date stats there. And tomorrow I'll be watching Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga play tennis at the Shanghai Masters, so there won't be a Day 4 post, at least. [I will most likely also be seeing Andy Murray and Roger Federer, but I don't want to jinx the games the still need to be played!]

This post was unnecessary, but maybe I just wanted to brag about the tennis.

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Day 3: Cao'an Highway (曹安公路辅路), Shanghai

I'm approaching the end of subway line 11 (which I've never been to in real life), the northwesternest bit of the Shanghai subway system. The second to last station is called 'Shanghai Automobile City'. Sounds pretty exciting! 


View Walking from Shanghai to Xi'an in a larger map


Distance since last post: 7.37km

Distance to next milestone: 10.08km

Cumulative distance walked: 24.22km



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New fitness/life project: Pǎobù, Panda! // 跑步,熊 猫! // Run, Panda!

My main project for the year so far has been me. I've finally gotten around to trying to improve my general health and fitness, and one of the things I did recently was get a pedometer gadget to measure how much walking I do every day. It's been really motivational and I've done over 500km already. The other day I was inspired to record this journey as a virtual walk across China (to start), with maps and graphs and the like. Now I feel like I've 'wasted' those first 500km, but oh well. It would be cheating if I said I was already so far down the road.

Anyway, my new blog is Pǎobù, Panda!, which means Run, Panda! Also, it has alliteration. Things will be cross posted to Twitter (@PaobuPanda) if you want an easy way to follow me. I'm still working out the format and what sort of information it will include (distances, times, things of interest that I 'pass', general weight loss/health stuff), but hopefully it will be both motivational and interesting.

In case you didn't realise, China is pretty freaking big! It should take me about 6 months to do the first leg I mapped out, which is nearly 1500km. But I'm sure I'll be in Xi'an in no time. 

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