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  •  Yeah...the google says that the average (1+ / 0-)
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    pace for women is 3 mph, or 3.5 mph for a man. So, even if you were topping out at 5 mph that would mean a 10 hour day of CONSTANT walking super fast. Are you sure you got your math right?

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    by ablington on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 10:52:31 AM PST

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    •  Super-fast is the speed necessary (10+ / 0-)

      else one is accused of lollygagging and are written-up as not doing your job.

      It was a cheap pedometer so it could be wrong of course.  But I did regularly work 9-12 hour days, sometimes 14, walking at high speed all the way.  We were trained to use machines, but in the first job I had with the company we rarely got to ride them.  There weren't enough to go around.

      Other people there wear pedometers and also regularly walk 30 mile range per day.

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      by Buckeye BattleCry on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 11:03:55 AM PST

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      •  Who gives a damn if you were off (5+ / 0-)
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        by a few miles or even ten?
        Anyone who knows about pedometers knows that the cheaper ones do record movement or bumps as steps.
        I had one that i wore and drove home one day.
        By the time I got home it recorded over 400 steps (or 500, or a thousand, I forget, it's not important) that I did not take because of all the bumps I hit on the road.

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        by Christin on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 11:37:32 AM PST

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        •  Let's just say I walked a whole lot (14+ / 0-)

          I wore out a pair of $60 shoes from the inside out about every 3 weeks, to the point that I could feel every piece of the metal grating I walked on pressing against the bottom of my heels and the ball of my foot.

          I bought expensive cushy socks at a sporting goods store.  I bought gel inserts OTC and got an insert that looks sort of like a donut from the podiatrist.  I think those are meant for people with bone spurs (which I didn't have) but they brought me some relief.

          I walked so much that I couldn't stop.  Even during breaks and lunch I walked around, because if I stopped the tendons would tighten up and I was in agony if I tried to start walking again.

          Most people weren't bothered by the walking.  I definitely was.

          Strangely enough, the main complaint by the male types working there is that the insides of their thighs were constantly rubbed raw.

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          by Buckeye BattleCry on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 11:49:41 AM PST

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          •  Plantar fasciitis is not fun (4+ / 0-)
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            I've had it in both legs.

            Eventually, two bone spurs in my left heel.

            The pain on arising is considerable. I remember walking "tip toe" when I first got up.

            Ice, stretching, Ibuprofen, and yes, cortisone shots will help. (though they are uncomfortable)

            An insert for your shoe, made by the podiatrist is a must..

            Mine is gone, but the bone spurs of course, remain.

            If I don't wear the inserts for a few days, I can feel the pain starting to return.

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            by wrights on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:39:59 PM PST

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    •  I walk a four mile loop and it takes between (1+ / 0-)
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      an hour and ten minutes and an hour and twenty minutes, and I don't walk at all fast (in fact, I read and walk at the same time, which necessitates more of a stroll)

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