Image 1About how fast do you walk,Mom?

Um, precisely? I ask. Let’s see:

Endomondo says I did a 17.2 min. a mile lap, after an earlier lap took 30 min.

because I stopped to watch Common Merganser babies on their Mama’s back.

But another time,

I PASSED a Dad pushing an infant in an umbrella stroller

& carrying a toddler with no shoes on his shoulder

while his 4-year old hung on his carpenter pant loops.

That fast. About.


13 thoughts on “The answer to how fast something can be accomplished is complicated: like the answer to how fast might we achieve peace in our time, how fast might we figure out that the climate is changing, how fast we can stop reinventing the wheel in our schools, how fast we can…well, I’ll focus on how fast I walk for starters to show how variables change the pace. (a 420-character, 9-line poem by Patty)

    1. As I came up on this father and his brood, I was entertained. I wanted to ask him why the little one on his shoulders had no shoes on, but I could imagine a scenario. She probably did that fat feet thing where the little kids curl their toes and arch their bones so NO shoe would ever fit on it. So the Dad must have figured, “this is Collinsville, no beer bottles or dog poop. Let’s do it!” He was mostly right. (Or maybe the walk was one of those spur of the moment “what can I do with them now” sort of activities, and they just couldn’t find the shoes. I know that problem.
      But they were having a grand old time. At least the kids were. And the Dad was young and strong.

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  1. Love this! You sound like me, my walks are more accurately described as strolls; there is just so much to see and think about as I go on my way. Not to mention that my dog, Popeye, needs time to sniff about!


  2. Heheheheh, so true. Some days I think I am moving along at a quick pace and then some Octogenarian scoots past me, leaving me in their dust. Other days there seems to be just too much to look at and I end up making detours. I use “Runkeeper” to keep track of distance and speed but I have thoroughly confused it.


    1. Ah. The Octogenarians. How to know one?

      I once taught a Children’s Lit class to undergraduates at a local college. A non-undergrad came up on the first day of class and said she was auditing, and she added something about grandkids and their books. We got to know each other; she was a great addition to the class. At one point she said she would be missing class because her kids were giving her a birthday party. She made a little face about this, and added something about the great grandkids. At this point I look at her and say, how old are you that you have great grandkids? (Trust me. It was okay to ask at this point.) I figured we were the same age and I didn’t have ANY grandkids. She was 90. 90. She attributed her good luck to genes, walking, and yoga. Oh and she went to mass every day.

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        1. It’s the senovial fluid that the yoga works on from my experience, not that it produces it or warms it up, but it moves it around and that seems to help nourish the spots where bones must move smoothly near other bones or some such mechanism. (I visualize SF moving with me while I practice yoga.) Julie Gudmestad at has wise words on lots of yoga related ideas. Here’s what she says about senovial fluid:

          “Synovial fluid is the slippery fluid that fills most of the body’s joints. All joints occur where two separate bones intersect or overlap, but there are a few that don’t contain synovial fluid and have very limited movement, including the intervertebral (between the vertebrae) discs and the two sacroiliac joints on the back of the pelvis. The rest are synovial joints, which are freely movable and need a system that cushions the ends of the bones, allowing them to glide over each other without friction. This system consists of hyaline cartilage, the smooth, whitish covering on the ends of the bones, and the synovial fluid, which fills the space between the cartilage surfaces and facilitates smooth, painless movement between bones. This clear, slightly viscous fluid is also important because it delivers nutrients and oxygen to the hyaline cartilage, which—unlike most body tissues—doesn’t have its own blood supply. Any joint movement helps circulate the synovial fluid, which feeds the cartilage; practicing yoga poses therefore helps keep the cartilage well nourished.

          Each synovial joint has a fibrous capsule surrounding the joint, which helps hold the bones together, along with the ligaments (which join bone to bone) and tendons (which join muscle to bone). The joint capsule is lined by the synovial membrane, which manufactures the synovial fluid. Your body automatically produces the necessary amount of this lubricating fluid. Although the idea that yoga stimulates production of synovial fluid creates a lovely image, there actually isn’t any time when the well runs dry.”


  3. What makes me laugh out loud is when I forget to look at the Endomondo free app that I started at the beginning of a walk, and at the end of the day, or some way later time, I see that it’s busily recorded some huge number of miles! With who knows what “lap time.”


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