Darqstar (darqstar) wrote,
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The need for speed?

Yes, I'm doing it again, even though I said I wouldn't. But, at least I'll be decent and leave people the option to just ignore it.



I must be doing something wrong.

I read around and I find out that they say the "average" person can walk comfortably at anywhere from 3-3.5 MPH.

Soo, why does the new pedometor I bought only register me at the most, walking about 2.50 to 2.89 MPH?

I did some testing today, and ran some short sprints and was able to get it to juuust about four MPH. This was running I did some "walk as fast as you can" stuff too, and was able to get it up to about 3 mph.

Now, I would just nod and say, "Okay, clearly this is me, and I'm a pokey person...

BUT...

I am known in circles as a fast walker. My husband is constantly asking me to slow down. When I am in a situation where there are other people, I'm always moving ahead of the crowd. All my life, I've been the one people say, "Hey, slow down!"

When I'm walking in the park, I don't try to "speed walk" cause that would kill me to speed walk for 3 miles or more, but I do walk at a steady pace. If someone else is "strolling" I usually can and do, bomb past them. I even have been known to bomb past groups of rather fast young boys who are trying to get across the park and are clearly not running, but not exactly slow either. So, this is leading me to believe something is seriously wrong and the pedometor(s) I have are not being very accurate.

How can I find out how fast I am really walking at a normal pace? Clearly the pedometor isn't being totally accurate. I've been looking around, seeing if I can find a mesured mile around this area, so I could go out with a watch and walk it and time it, but I can't seem to find one. Sure, we have lots of them on the highway, but off the road? Nope.

I wonder if they have a mesured distance up at the high school for the track or something? And if that would help?

I don't want to start running. But the difference in walking 2 mph and 3 mph, is signifigant. If I am truly walking 2 mph or less, I should worry about increasing my speed. But if something is not registering, I'd like to know that too. If I am walking at 3 MPH or higher, then I'll worry less about increasing speed and more about just keeping up the distances I'm walking.

Yes, I'm cranky about this. I admit it. But it's just tough for me, when I'm used to being the one who's always told "you walk to fast, slow down!" when I'm the one that always feels impatient when I'm with people who IMO, "walk slowly" (and that seems to be pretty much everybody but me...) to have this pedometer telling me I'm poking along at speeds like a little old lady. If I noticed that I was getting slower, I'd think age was catching up with me, but I'm still bombing around people.

*sighs*
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