It’s an old cliche: Park farther away in the parking lot and, as a result, gain more steps. Here’s a fact that quantifies it a bit more.
We’re well into the Summer Olympics in Rio, so today’s fact focuses on the Games:
Watch the men’s 20 km race walking final on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m., the men’s 50 km race walking final on Aug. 19 at 7 a.m., and the women’s 20 km race walking final on Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
And a note about this week’s photo: Pictured is my friend Rebecca on the track a few years ago. Rebecca has earned many achievements in race walking competitions. Among them? Just a few weeks ago, she placed first in her division in the 10000 Meter Race Walk and in the 5000 Meter Race Walk at the USA Masters Games. In the 5000 meter (i.e. a 5K) her time was 31:47:52, which is a pace — and we’re talking about walking, remember, not running — of 10:13-minute miles.
And happy walking to Olympians and non-Olympians!
Sometimes we need motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Music can be an aid (see this post). Whether you sync up the beat with your footsteps or simply use it as a distraction, does it matter if it gets you going? Here’s some inspiration, and happy walking!