I have taken up walking as a gateway to getting in shape… I know walking alone won’t get me there, but I am walking as a primer, to get remotely in shape to begin other forms of exercise. While I do alot of walking every day, this weekend I really started walking with a purpose. I walk at a decent clip, as anyone who has ever walked around town with me can attest to, but for these purposes I have been walking faster than my normal walking speed, but not enough to look like one of those power-walking douchebags.
Yesterday I walked down to the Star Market on Tappan St. and did some light shopping, then walked up Washington St., to Comm Ave, and along that back to my apartment. Today I walked back to Chestnut Hill Ave, down Winship, onto Cambridge St. to Harvard Ave, walked down that to Comm. Ave, and again I travelled home. While at the time these seemed like fairly benign “starter walks”, I am glad I really had no idea how far I was going. Looking at a map a few minutes ago, and using a cut piece of twist-tie to bend around the silly-ass curvy streets here, I measured that yesterday’s walk was a hair shy of 5 miles, and today’s walk clocked in around 9 miles. Somehow I probably would have been intimidated somehow if I knew exactly how long those trips were… :)
Now the trick will be to fit this into my weekday schedule… Something tells me I will be doing some late-night walking… :)