By Sue Deans
The former editor of the Camera blogs about exploring Boulder on foot.
March 26, 2012
Last year when I was training for the Disneyland Half Marathon, I emphasized distance, walking 6 to 10 miles at a time, two or three days a week.
Although I am going to walk the race again in September, at this early date I’m doing shorter walks and walking more often. Since I get busy sometimes, I am trying to combine my exercise with whatever else I want or need to do.
Here are three examples from the past week:
I babysit for my grandson, 5-month-old Daric, one day a week while his mom goes to work. With the nice weather we’ve been having, I decided to take him out in his stroller for a walk, first time I’ve done that.
He and his family live in Arvada and have very nice bike/walkways nearby, so Daric and I went on a two-mile trek. Actually he didn’t walk, he rode, and in fact he slept most of the way. He’s a really active little guy so I was surprised he nodded off so quickly. I do remember from many years ago that taking a ride in the car or the stroller was usually a good way to get his dad to go to sleep. Next time I hope to take Daric over to the trail around Standley Lake nearby.
The next day, I took the bus from Boulder to the Market Street Station in Denver, connecting with the 16th Street Mall shuttle to the Civic Center Plaza. From there a five-block walk took me to my brother’s office near the State Capitol, and then after taking care of some family business we both went to meet my sister-in-law for lunch. After they went back to work, I had enough time before my bus to walk all the way back along 16th Street to the Market Street Station. Total for the trip: 3 miles, plus 1.5 miles round trip from my house to the Boulder bus station.
Then on Saturday I went with a friend to see the Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. It was awesome, with several hundred iconic outfits from the designer, who was noted for instilling menswear-type comfort in women’s clothing, with pantsuits, tunics, shifts and safari jackets, as well as multifunctional tuxedo outfits and glamorous ball gowns. Also included were a reproduction of St. Laurent’s office and many film clips of his designs.
Photo Credit: Yves St. Laurent short cocktail dress in the style of Piet Mondrian. Photo from Vintage Style Files, flicker.com
At the exhibit and a couple of other galleries we explored, we put in about 3 miles while listening to the museum’s recorded commentary.
Many people try the 10,000 steps a day regime, using a pedometer. When I was working at the Rocky Mountain News a dozen years ago, I spent a lot of time on my feet so I only needed about three more miles each day to reach that number, which I usually achieved by walking round-trip to a favorite Starbuck’s on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The iPhone app I use now to calculate distance, Map My Walk, has a stride sensor, so I will try that on my next outing to see if I can track my steps as well as the miles.
You don’t really need to go on a special outing to get your daily steps in. Just walk where you are.