Monday, January 14, 2013

Walking 1000 Miles

I walked over 1000 miles last year. It’s not really something I enjoyed doing but I did it anyway. Here are some thoughts and observations from wandering the streets of my hometown.

1. Walking hurts my feet. Running 30 miles in the woods bothers my plantar fascia less than walking three miles on pavement.

2. If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, don’t walk.

3. You notice more about your surroundings when you walk vs. running. This is not always a good thing.

4. Walking is not very popular in my town. Running is even less popular. I saw only a handful of walkers and runners all year but I saw hundreds if not thousands of drivers.

5. Where are all these people going and why are they in such a hurry?

6. Most drivers prefer to swerve around you or cut in front of you when you are in a crosswalk. Stopping to let you cross the street is their last option, and when they do it, they do it with a scowl.

7. I walk slower than I run but the difference is not that significant.

8. A car full of young people cannot drive past without screaming some foolishness out the window at me. I was young once. I wonder if I was as obnoxious as today’s youth.

9. Dogs like walkers more than runners. Some dogs.

10. RUNNING a 100 mile race is out of the question. Maybe I could WALK one? NAH!


  1. I notice #7 a lot when I am running. Of course, I am slow, but it always seems like I should overtake walkers faster than I do.. I consciously speed up so I'm not creeping past them.. lol

    1. Jeff,
      Once, during a long run I was passed by a fit, but obviously pregnant, young woman. She left me in the dust!

  2. 1000 Miles wow respect from me, i love your blog and the nice Panorama pictures, best wishes from Germany :) I read now every day in your blog i love it !

  3. You sure do see more and feel more when you walk...I never notice nor feel the breeze when I run..I never smell the wood smoke when I run...and I never stop to feel the sun on my face when I run...I think this post reminds us that we should stop and smell, see, feel the space in which we find ourselves...before it passes us by with a blink of the eye...

    1. Michelle,

      Well put. I'm trying to do just that. I don't always succeed, but I'll keep trying.


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