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The Downside Of Being A Habitual Overachiever — At Least When It Comes To Walking!

by Anura Guruge


I honestly have never set out to be an overachiever. I actually find it an unattractive trait! I relate much better with underachievers — because in my mind & heart that is what I am.

But, when it comes to walking, I can’t help myself. SORRY.

It is my MORTAL dread of being sick. I don’t like the inconvenience of being sick.

SO, if I can minimize my chances of becoming sick — DIABETES & obesity (which go jowel-in-cheek) my main & eternal fear — I will put in the steps that I can.

So …

2,020 miles for the year. Yeah, IF I basically give UP walking.

SMILE. Don’t hate me. My life is already hard.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.

by Anura Guruge


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I have done two walks with the Venu SQ with it side-by-side (on my left wrist) next to my Fenix 6 Solar PRO.

One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.

GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.

GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’.

by Anura Guruge



My friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) again did me proud. I got a Venu SQ via UPS this afternoon.

Definitely a good looking, very attractive, CUTE watch. Much smaller & lighter, of course, than my Fenix 6. That has to be a given. Very different watches for two very different audiences. One, the Fenix is a rugged, AWD SUV, the Venu SQ a refined, luxury car.

I haven’t put the Venu through its paces yet. That will start tomorrow. I will first check distance & steps against the Fenix 6. I will keep you posted, of course.


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by Anura Guruge

I Have Walked Over 2,500-Miles In The Last Year. That Is (& Was) Sobering. Checking Where I Could Have Gone ….

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, Yes, yes. I know. I always take things to the ‘extreme’. I SURE am NOT hurting/harming anyone or myself. My time. My most precious resource. MY TIME. Well, I do not squander it. New thing is listening to educational AUDIBLES while I do the bulk of my walking. SMILE. I am learning. I am learning. Yes, yes, yes.

500,000 steps a month is now becoming the new norm. 4-months of that. SMILE.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

Another Half A MILLION Step Month — 1.53 Million Steps In The Last 3-Months.

by Anura Guruge


1,527,523 steps
in 92-days
(16,603 steps/day)


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Best month so far. 524,416-steps in July. Prior best, May 2020, was 505,552. So, I am chuffed. Yes, I set out to make sure that this will be a 500,000-step month. It having 31-days helps, though this month, unlike May, I did the 500K steps by the 30th. The 31st was just a bonus. SMILE.

What can I say. It is ONE of the things I do. I WALK.



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My Fitness Age Is Now 31. 35-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.

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What cracks me up is that I have a daughter, my eldest, who is 31. So, my fitness age matches her age. Not sure what she will make of that.

I managed to get my VO2 fitness age down by 5 years since May 2020. Trying to avoid COVID has helped.

Well, I am chuffed. Not sure how long I can keep it up — i.e., walking close to 8-miles a day. I am an OLD GUY.

My 14-year old daughter takes my fitness for granted. She expects me to keep up with her. SMILE.

Don’t hate I. I can’t help it. I do like to walk/run. SMILE.


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1,000,000 (MILLION) Steps Walked In Two Months — May & June, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


1,003,107 steps
in 61-days
(16,443 steps/day)

480.2 miles
(7.9 miles/day.)


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I KNOW that there are those that walk more than this, BUT, I am HAPPY.

Yes, I could easily walk more, the problem is that of TIME — my eternal nemesis. I now spend around 2.25 hours a day walking. That is a BIG chunk of time for I. SMILE.

I did NOT set out to walk ~500,000 steps a day.

I just changed ONE metric in my life. For 30-years I had followed this ‘3-days ON, 1-day OFF‘ paradigm. One day of rest, after each 3 days of exercise to let muscles recover. BUT, that was when I used to run — as opposed to walk. I don’t stress my muscles & body as much now. I still run — but not daily, and never too far. Yes, I am still ‘babying’ my knee after my quad tendon surgery last year. SMILE.

On my days off I walked less than 10K steps — INTENTIONALLY.

Then on April 17, 2020, I stopped doing that. I decided to TRY & hit 10K every day — though aiming for less than 16K steps on my days off.

And this is the result. I am happy.

Am I fit. I think I am OK for somebody who will be 67 in 2-months.

My VO2 Max is 42 & per Garmin my fitness age … Well, this picture says it all.



Am I happy & content. Hhhhhm.

I would like to lose another 10 pounds & get my VO2 Max. up. But, beggars can’t be choosers.

I do NOT DELUDE myself. All of this means NOTHING. I can have a stroke or a heart-attack TODAY. SMILE. I am not totally stupid — just partially. SMILE.

But, I like walking. I take pictures while I walk. I, quite literally, smell the roses. I think. I am happy.

Thanks. Cheers. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

I Walked Close To A MILLION-Steps (964,878) In The Last 60-Days (16K/Day).

by Anura Guruge



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Yes, each to their own.

So, this is how I spent SOME of my COVID-19 2-months — walking more than I ever have.

BIG change is that I tried NOT to drop below 10K — even once.

Prior to that I was happy to drop below 10K one-day every 4-days or so. I tried to stop that. Keep 10K as a minimum.

So, you can now see what I will next be shooting for. 1 MILLION miles in 2-months. SMILE.

Well, I am HAPPY. Very happy. Yes, exercise keeps you happy.


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I Walked 500,000 Steps In May 2020 (Per My Garmin Fenix 6).

by Anura Guruge


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Most steps I have ever (as far as I know) walked in a month.

That it had 31-days certainly helped.

16,308 steps a day.

Three to four days a week I try to walk 17,000 to 18,000 steps a day. That is around 7 to 8 miles. SMILE.

2,220 miles walked in the year.

That chuffs me up. I like to think how far that is, if I start walking west from here. I would be well beyond Chicago.

Well, I am happy. Walking makes & keeps me happy. SMILE.


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My Fitness Age Is 30-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.



I will buy it. I am OK with being ’36’. I have a daughter who is 31. I can live with being 5-years older than her.

My youngest daughter didn’t believe me. She thought my fitness will be in the mid-40s.

Not sure whether this me any good, BUT I am sure it is better than a kick in the teeth.


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by Anura Guruge