Sunday, November 18, 2012

I Knew It!

One of my favorite things that I have been able to do since I stopped working full time last summer is taking Dodger for a long walk every morning. We usually walk for about 45 minutes, with the first 10 minutes or so dedicated to Dodger doing a lot of sniffing and taking care of other business. After that we complete the walk at a pretty brisk pace. I always take my pedometer along in my pocket so I would have an idea of the length of the walk on the various routes we take. When I would check the pedometer when I got home I always felt like we had gone a lot farther than it said. Anyone I mentioned that to just gave me a sort of "yeah, sure" look.

Well.....this week I tested the pedometer. I took it with me to the rec center where the big sign on the wall says 10 laps = 1 mile. That is surely not something the rec center would lie about, so I put the pedometer in my pocket and at the end of 10 laps this is what it said.....

.61......just a little over 6/10ths of a mile.

I knew it, and I did it twice just to be sure.

I don't exactly know how to do the math, and I don't really know what difference it makes at this point, but I'm pretty sure that I have walked somewhere around a gazillion more miles than I thought I had.


  1. You are a girl after my own heart...I always exaggerate by saying a gazillion...or 47 thousand...etc.

    Pedometers bug me too...and I have had them mess up. I have tracked my miles on the car gauge by driving out the course that I walked...and then I feel like it is more accurate!

    Bravo for you committing to that morning walk with the dog Jeanie! I need to start my walking tapes again...they help me a lot when I do them. (:>)

    Hope you are having a great Sunday1

  2. I don't have a pedometer, but would love to get one. One that works :)
    Good job on the walking! I bet you feel great afterward. And now knowing it really was further than you thought you should be proud of yourself.

  3. Well you are supposed to walk 10K steps a day - you can rest a little. sandie

  4. see I thought that too with mine on my phone...cause we measured with the car...also hubby is good at judging distances...and they both said 1 mile...where my pedi thing was short...then one day it read over a mile...nuts...

  5. Well, there you go. We know these things. I'm glad you found out this thing was lying to you. Is the relationship now over? I think I would want a walking companion that didn't lie to me. ;)

  6. I think I need to get a pedometer. I had one but could never figure out how to set it. Maybe I just need to walk and not worry about it!

  7. Reading this totally "guilts" me. Kudos for you for your continued walking, regardless of how far you walk - although I suppose "more is really better" in this instance. Funny about the pedometer!!

  8. I think I read somewhere with pedometers that they can be deceiving in measuring distance because of steps people take (or something like that). I had thought of getting one at one point when I was exclusively walking Koda longer distances than we are doing now but never got around to it.

    glad you were able to prove all along you were walking more than it was telling you were walking! and good for you for getting out there and walking!


  9. Have to calibrated your pedomoter to your stride?
    Maybe you should get it looked at so you get a correct reading.

  10. My cardiologist has prescribed that I walk for 30 minutes a day. I went out for my first attempt and exhausted, I eagerly checked the time. A whole 7 minutes was all I had accomplished before throwing in the towel. Looks like I've got a ways to go:)

  11. 45 mins of walking is a lot of walking. Congrats!

  12. YEAH for YOU! That really IS a brisk pace! Wow, you are good. And I'm glad you checked the distance. I bet it's even more incentive to walk the dog. Hmm, maybe I need a dog to get me to start walking....

    Wishing you and yours, Jeanie, a wonderful Thanksgiving. It goes without saying to please take pics to share.

    xo jj