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Ouch ... my fragile ego

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

I started with the walking this week (Oct 29, 2013.)

And I've been steadily improving my distance and time etc ... so I was clicking around on various things and I ran across the "1 mile walking test" on Sparkpeople: https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/res
ource/fitness_articles.asp
?id=1496&page=2

To conduct the test you warm up/walk for 5 mins and then start the clock and go as fast as you can for one mile.

Then you check your times against the charts on the page ... different averages for different age groups.

I've been doing 3-4 miles these past few days at a decent clip -- dragging fatso-the-dog with me ... and I've been keeping track of the pace.

First day was 1.92 miles in 40 minutes (pace of 20.5 minutes per mile.)

Today was 3.92 miles in 74 mins (pace of 18.5 minutes per mile.)

Anyway -- I figure I'm doing ok for the first week -- lots of room for improvement of course.

So I looks at the charts on Sparkpeople -- you know -- to get a good look down my nose and see how I'm crushing the "average hop."

And, lo ... a shocker ... my pace of 18.5 minutes is only in the "FAIR" range (Out of "excellent, good, average, fair, and poor.")

So I figure I best kick 'er up a notch.

And I looks further and, lo, I was looking in the last age bracket - 70+.

In my own age range (50-59,) anything over 16:30 is "poor."

Soooooo, yeah.
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  • JULIJULINN
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    41 days ago
  • MAIA2011
    OH, NO! I also read something on Dr. Oz about how fast you walk the quarter mile and how likely you are to die:

    http://www.livescience.
    com/721-walk-quarter-mile-die.h
    tml

    I just always remember that I walked 13.1 miles and I was the last of 50,000 people to finish. That doesn't bode well for me.
    2819 days ago
  • BEACHGRL31
    Just keep walking, it will improve!

    2820 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12024980
    At least you made the scale - there are lots out there who can't walk a mile.

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    2824 days ago
  • DMEYER4
    just remember slow and steady. speed will come with time and practice. have a great day
    2824 days ago
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