I don't walk much anymore. I run. If you were to follow me around all week, you'd probably interpret the rush to mean that I'm the most tardy person on planet earth. But that's not why I run, except today when I almost missed my flight.
I run because it's better than walking. I didn't stop to think about this until recently, but once I did I became fairly well convinced that walking is a waste of time unless I'm intentionally strolling around in the park or something. So now whether I'm on my way to a restaurant or going from the bus station to my RV, I run.
It's great exercise. Most distances I run tend to be between half-a-mile and a mile-and-a-half, which is a nice manageable sprinting distance. Walking such a distance wouldn't get my heart rate up, but flying down the streets, up and down hills and stairs is a good workout. If I have a few runs in a day, my legs will even be a bit sore the next day, whereas they wouldn't have been if I was just walking.
Also, running is roughly twice as fast as walking. If I'm moving just for the sake of transit, there's no point in wasting time walking. I haven't timed myself, but I imagine that I run around 8 minutes per mile and walk somewhere around 16. That's a 50% reduction in transportation time.
Between those two factors, this begins to sound like an infomercial: "Get a workout in negative 10 minutes a day!". And that's exactly what it is: a workout that actually ADDS time to your day. All the time you would have spent walking is now spent running.
I know most people will object to this because they're worried that they'll get sweaty and gross. And... they're kind of right, especially if you live somewhere hot. However, if you wear all wool clothing like I do, the sweat is wicked away and the garments dry so quickly that by the time you've stopped panting, you look completely normal again. If you're REALLY concerned with this, just use the time you saved by running to sit on a bench and cool down before meeting people. I also believe that with enough practice, running short distances like this at moderate paces will become so easy that I won't even sweat or get out of breath. Time will tell, though; I've only been doing this for a few weeks.
Give it a try for a week! It adds a bit of purpose to your foot-based transportation and is more enjoyable than you may guess. I've even considered getting rid of my electric skateboard and moped and using running as my only mode of transportation.
Forgot what day it was and missed posting this this morning. Oops!
Got my new iPod Nano and I love it. Size, interface, screen, etc. are all perfect. I might rip the clip off to make it even smaller.
I've got a couple good ideas for posts and about 12 hours of flying time ahead of me in the next 24 hours. You know what that means....
Do you run exclusively in the Vibrams? Do you also wear those all the time and how do you handle the KSO smell?
Inlines is fun and gets you where you want fast!
I also run a lot and have banned elevators.
95% of all knee problems is because most non professionals does not strectch there legs after running! Don't forget to strech!
Like the vibe of running everywhere, although it's worth mentioning that running in the Vibrams five fingers that you and I have on our feet makes it more like running barefoot which is much more natural for the body. Less impact and a nice natural workout.
I share your enthusiasm for getting places quickly and under your own power. I ride my bike or walk, but have not tried running (yet). I'm middle aged and although healthy, have never been a runner. I live in the midwest and so all summer I've arrived everywhere all sweaty. I'm very interested in your wool clothing. I only have wool in sweaters and jackets. Where do you find wool shirts or shorts or slacks (aside from dress slacks)??? I'm very interested in learning more about your wardrobe.
I enjoy walking and actually looking at the world around me. Could never understand all those people who run listening to music and completely ignoring their body's work, it's too much about the goal, not about the journey. No running for me, fast hardly ever means better.
I love it. Welcome to the negative exercise time club. :)
I live a mile from work and have been running regularly.
My coworker drives to work in his SUV, has to drive around to the back parking lot where we have parking permits, and go up the parking lot elevator, all of which takes about the same amount of time!
Excellent idea. Yesterday I read how walking 25% faster would improve people's confidence and now this.
Guess I need to buy an Icebreaker tshirt and try it out (despite what you are writing, I'm still worried about the potential bad smell).
I like to bet. For those of you who have read the story about how I was a professional gambler, this is obvious. What I don't like to do is exercise. At one point in my life, these two activities joined to provide an interesting story.
I have a friend named Hayden. He likes to bet me. For a while we had a running string of bets, and I was down overall because I failed to get 10x his score in a Tony Hawk competition. At one point I was one of the top 10 Tony Hawk players in the world. That lasted for about 5 minutes until someone from Japan beat my score.
Hayden and I sat across from my kitchen table.
This blog is all about running every day (hence runaily) - not huge distances but small ones.
I usually run either one mile or two miles and sometimes I don't even run all the way.
If you are in the gym trap - that is have membership but hate going then you will hopefully find this blog useful. This blog is somewhat opposed to indoor gyms.
Fact - if you can manage run a mile every day for a whole year then you will complete approximately fourteen marathons.
This means that if you only run every other day then you will still complete seven marathons - imagine telling people that you ran seven marathons this year.