When I accepted the census job, the hiring manager told me I was required to work between 20 and 40 hours per week. I thought the minimum sounded quite easy; I was confident I'd be able to complete closer to the maximum amount. I didn't stop and think about some of the job requirements! As an Enumerator, I get to walk from house to house verifying the addresses and making any necessary changes to the list in my computer. The only time I use my car is to drive to an area, or to travel between sections if parts of an area aren't adjacent to each other. I'm used to physical exertion (I go to the gym most days and take a group class for an hour, and some days I add a walk with a friend to my indoor exercise) but not as much as I've been doing this week.
I was curious just how much area I was covering, so today I measured the distance I traveled on foot with a portable GPS unit. Yep, the same unit I geocached with over the weekend has an odometer feature so I could measure the total distance I traveled as I went about my day. I left the house at 8:30, and worked for six hours. Today was a great day to be outside. The sun was shining, and the temperature was moderate, unlike Monday's near-freezing weather. When I got home, the odometer said I had traveled 23.2 miles. After subtracting the driving distance (18 miles), I discovered today I walked a little over five miles.
When I get my first paycheck, I may treat myself to some new walking shoes!