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12 September 2007 @ 10:13 am
wayback wednesday: walking home  
I've been google mapping and rethinking my commute.

My semi-usual weekend walk in Fairmount park is about 4 miles (2 miles in each direction) plus a little extra getting there from where K. does yoga. It's a good workout for me, especially on a hot day, but it doesn't wipe me out or anything.

Now, if I stopped taking the subway at end of the day, that walk (from West Philly to South Philly) would be 3.7 miles, which I did both ways for about a week during the transit strike in November 2005 and it just took me an hour (maybe even less). And that's only 35 minutes longer than it takes me (door-to-door) when I take the subway.

If I did that four days a week, it would be a big boom to my new fitness regime, plus it would give me quality time with my ipod and lots of time to think about my writing. The only downside would be eating dinner kind of late and getting less reading done.

I think I'll give it a try.

Current Mood: 241
Listening to: The Concretes - "On the Radio"
ghibli_geek on September 12th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
"You be careful, you!", says the suburban mother of one.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on September 12th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
agreed. from the urban mother of one.
theballadofyoko on September 12th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Those are nice walks, especially in the fall. I'm all for it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on September 12th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are some fairly pleasant routes.

Hey, I'll see you in an hour!
theballadofyoko on September 12th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
ghibli_geek on September 12th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, hey, why won't you be seeing me in an hour, huh? Is it the suburban thing? Is it? Sigh.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on September 12th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I would have if you went to her concert! And then we could have frolicked and lunched in the park!
theballadofyoko on September 12th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry we missed you!
(Anonymous) on September 12th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Got a bike? It'd be a faster commute, still be exercise, free up time for other things and help you get back into the svelte shape that attracts your photo models!
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on September 13th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, bike, bike, bike!

Actually, I used to walk for an hour one or both ways to work whenever I missed the bus by a few minutes because it would take me longer to wait for the next one. It was really nice. Any chance you could walk in in the morning and take the subway home at night-that would give you more time in the evenings.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on September 13th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
The problem with that is ending up at work all sweaty. Maybe after I'm in better shape....
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on September 13th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
I do okay with a quick "wash the face etc." in the bathroom of the library, but working in a library I can get away with a little sweaty, thankfully.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on September 13th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit too much of a coward to ride a bicycle on Philadelphia streets. There are few bike lanes and the drivers tend toward the crazy side. People do it, of course, but I just can't psyche myself up to take the chance.
misterhumbug on September 13th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Beware of eating too late in the evening. Though the Europeans seem to be able to get away with it without too much negative consequences, supping too soon before sleeping is a sure way to retain (if not gain) weight. Rate of metabolizing food while asleep, and all that jazz.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on September 13th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll just have to be sure to eat right after the walk.