Tuesday, November 9, 2010 arrived with a clear early morning that promised to become a chilly, sunny, and typically autumn day. I zipped my coat, buckled my helmet strap, unlocked my bike, and headed off to work. A few minutes later, a garbage truck crossed a bike lane to make a right turn. I was in that bike lane. The tires of the truck crushed my left leg and caused other internal injuries. An amazing team of trauma surgeons saved my life, but they had to amputate my leg to do so.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Confucius.

In July 2011, I set off to walk a thousand miles as an above-knee amputee in my new prosthesis. The journey has held more twists, turns, and detours than I ever imagined.

I reached Mile 1000 on March 30, 2013.

But of course, that wasn't the end.

I'll keep walking!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Efficiency Rules

Mile Marker 8:

I’ll keep this one short. I call my friend Matt an “efficiency expert.” He does his laundry, pays his bills, cleans his garage, and catches the latest game on ESPN in the time it takes me to write a “to do” list.

During our walk last night, I was hoping some of Matt’s efficient vibes would rub off on me.

You see, my simple morning routine – showering, getting dressed, and eating breakfast – has become a multistep quagmire. For efficiency’s sake, I’ll spare you the details. Suffice to say, when I've been too absorbed in the TODAY Show, I've pulled up my jeans and forgotten my underwear!

Last night, as efficiently as ever, Matt and I passed Mile Marker 8 at exactly 8th Street! We doubled back past the supermarket so Matt could pick-up a late-night dinner. He planned to eat while watching the All-Star game. I picked up a few groceries, too. After all, Matt offered to carry the bag! I'm not an expert yet, but I'm gettin' there!

Any suggestions? All efficiency tips welcome!

Mileage so far: 8.88


  1. Rebecca - we're so thrilled that you've taken this on! We know that you can do it! So many people have so much to learn from you - keep on walking!

  2. Love your 8.88 mileage total today! Reminds me of the date of the first time that Wrigley Field turned on its lights for a night game: 8-8-88 (Aug 8, 1988)....before that it was all day games at Wrigley.) (Don't ask me why I remember random things like this!) Seeing that mileage total makes me think of alll those lights at Wrigley shining all the way on you in Philly. Walk on!
    Love that shadow pic too!