I’m trying to lose a little weight. I’m also trying to not alter my diet drastically, only a little bit, but add exercise. Mostly I’m walking to work a few days a week, or hopefully most days, I suppose (work’s moving less than a year from now, so either that’s going to be out or I’m going to move too!). I missed walking thursday for practical reasons, but had Friday off and determined I would make up for Thursday by making up that distance on Friday. The walk to work is 1.5 miles. So work and back each day is 3 miles. Making up for a day missed means a six mile walk.
I also bought a cheap-ass $5 pedometer at Target. I didn’t even go through the calibration steps yet, I figured I’d wait until I’d done a walk to work with it, which I know is 1.5 miles as close as a car’s odometer can measure. And I know it takes me almost exactly half an hour. So I know I walk awfully close to 3MPH.
Which means if I walk an hour and an hour back, I should have walked 6 miles. So I walked for an hour to the minute (there’s a great bike/ped trail right here, actually goes in a loop at least a couple miles farther to complete the circuit, I’ll get there eventually), turned around, walked home. I left the pedometer on it’s default setting.
Here’s Friday morning’s results.
On a related note, I’ve been listening to Escape Pod on my walks. It rocks, it’s a 20-40 minute podcast of science fiction short stories, done about once a week. It’s just about the best thing ever.