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Hey Martha, welcome to the group. I don't use a pedomoter. Some of the trails I walk -- one regular one around a lake nearby - have mileage marked. I also go to a state park sometimes and the trail map shows miles.
When there aren't miles marked, I know from experience that I walk faster than a 17 minute mile and almost a 15 minute mile. So if I want to be 'fair' in estimating my mileage, I take my time and divide by 16. That's close enough.
Anyway - welcome to the team!
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Martha, a pedometer is nice but not really necessary. You could just estimate your mileage if needed. If you live in a city, see if you can find out the approximate number of blocks in a mile. Or maybe use a car to drive a mile. Then walk the same route and use your time as a estimate. Close enough. The most important thing is to get out there and walk.
We'll be starting a new challenge walk in April and would love to have you join us. There will be a 30 mile walk, which you have a month to complete. You just come to the thread and let us know how you're doing.
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I have not done ANY fitness stuff for a long time, so have decided to start slow--with walking. I probably need to get a pedometer, huh? I am thinking about 'where' to walk to. Not sure yet. Still working on figuring out all that this site offers.
Thanks for being there and helping.
Any helpful ideas or hints would be greatly appreciated.
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