Archive for March 11th, 2016

Basic walking math, plus a short weekend walking diary!

March 11, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 11, 2016

I have arrived at a certain mathematics of walking.

I can travel one mile in 2,000 steps. By dint of division, one-half mile requires 1,000 steps; one-quarter mile, 500 steps.

It takes me about 16 minutes to walk a mile. This varies, of course: I can do a mile in about 15 minutes and 30 seconds, but 16:30 to 17:15 is a bit more typical. Usually when I walk, I’m encumbered by a shoulder bag containing my laptop computer, and I also have to wait for traffic before I can cross the street. That slows me down, obviously.

My times are faster when it’s just me and when I’m on a walking trail or a long unbroken sidewalk and/or there’s no need to stop for traffic. That was the case Saturday afternoon, when, after walking from a coffee shop to my car to drop off my bag, I then went to Duke’s East Campus and circumnavigated the property. The perimeter of the trapezoidal-shaped campus is 1.65 miles in length; I did it with an average pace of 15:50. This was fresh on the heels of the 1.06-mile walk (pace: 16:26) that had taken me from the shop to the car to the campus.

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