Sunday, August 5, 2012

Where? How Far?

A storm came through overnight, bringing strong winds, thunder, and some sorely needed rain. After the front passed things cooled off.  When I went outside to get the newspaper about 8:30 this morning, it was in the high 70s and still overcast.  A nice morning to get outside.  Since we're preparing for a 10K event this fall, Hubby Tony and I are trying to increase the amount of walking we do.  Our routes in July were four miles, but now that it's August, we're aiming for five miles at a time.

We decided to walk to the grocery store to get some things for dinner.  There are branches of two local chains (Schnucks and Shop 'n Save) a couple of miles east of the house. Shop 'n Save is incrementally farther away, so that became our goal.  In the past,when we've walked that way we've cut through the neighborhoods to reduce the distance, but not today.

It took us about 40 minutes to go each way, but when we got home we wondered just how far we'd gone.  We turned to a cool Website called Walk Jog Run for the answer.  Walk Run Jog utilizes Google Maps to help you map out a route, or tell you how far a route is. To start, you enter your location.  You can see already-created routes (the first time I logged in I found out there's several people in my neighborhood that are using the program), or make and save your own.

Today Tony created a route that followed our morning's path and found out we'd gone about four and a half miles.  That's not quite enough for our August goal, but a good start toward it!

12 comments:

  1. Himself will love that web site when he gets home!

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    1. He won't need it on the ship, will he :-)

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  2. Bravo! Good for you. Well done. Pretty soone you'll report walking to work.

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  3. good luck with your training, this will be such an accomplishment when you do the marathon!

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    1. Thanks for the words of encouragement. This event is only a 10K, but maybe I WILL decide to tackle a longer distance someday.

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  4. Thanks for your recommendation of WalkJogRun, Kathy! The website is a great way to track your fitness :). I'm not sure if you are aware, but we also have an iPhone app to track workouts: http://www.walkjogrunapp.com . Right now it is only available on the iPhone and iPad, but soon we will have an Android app.
    Good luck with your fitness goals! Keep up the good work!
    -Caitlin
    Marketing, WalkJogRun.net

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  5. Wow...good for you to increase to 5 miles this month. You're going to his that goal easily this fall I am sure!

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    1. I certainly hope it will be easy :-)

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  6. Kathy good for you. I think that walking with someone is much more enjoyable than walking alone. However, sometimes a walk alone is good for the soul. My soul is good, now I need a walking partner! lol

    Have a wonderful day and the info on the walkjogrun is appreciated.

    Cheers.

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    1. Glad you're looking out for all parts of your body, mind, and spirit :-)

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