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post #21 of 39

 

According to wiki: (I know, unreliable, but I couldn't get into the IAAF stats page for some reason)

 

World-class racewalkers (male and female) can average under seven and eight minutes per mile (or under four and five minutes per kilometre, respectively), in a 20 km (12 mi) racewalk

 

So walking 3 miles in 35 minutes or 2 miles in 20 minutes (with a stroller!) - very impressive! I think those are respectable paces for jogging/running. 

post #22 of 39

Yeah but not kids pace and def with a lot of practice.  I chose speed walking because It didn't hurt my back like running did.  Though I ended up having issues with my left glute

post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

jaw.gif woah mama. are you a speed walker? dd and i walk that distance to school everyday and it takes us about an hour or at the most 50 mins. 
we dont speed walk coz that increases dd's anxiety. on top of that we both get shin splints. so just thinking of completing that distance in 20 mins (we DO have traffic, stop signs and red lights) - walking at the speed one has to accompalish that is just mind blowing. 

 


2 miles in 20 minutes would make for a pretty respectable time in a community 5k running race. 

 

Miranda

 

post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post



jaw.gif woah mama. are you a speed walker? dd and i walk that distance to school everyday and it takes us about an hour or at the most 50 mins. 
we dont speed walk coz that increases dd's anxiety. on top of that we both get shin splints. so just thinking of completing that distance in 20 mins (we DO have traffic, stop signs and red lights) - walking at the speed one has to accompalish that is just mind blowing. 

 


Maybe I am a speed walker. Honestly, I walk the same 2 miles all the time, and I find it kind of boring so Im just trying to get there as soon as possible. However, it is on a country road, so like I said no traffic, no stop lights/signs, and no stops period. Its just to our neighbor's house and back I have a jogging stroller, maybe that helps? I dont know. But, Ive never had to deal with a kid moving around, asking questions, ect while I was doing it so I could totally see it taking double that with a school aged child, even longer in a city.
post #25 of 39

I think people's point here, Adaline'sMama, is that you likely overestimating the distance and underestimating the time.  You would know it if you walk faster than most runners.

 

try out gmap-pedometer.com

post #26 of 39

I can do one mile in 20 minutes at a reasonably quick pace (not super fast), but I agree two miles in that time span would mean I was jogging.

post #27 of 39

Why does it matter how long she takes to walk 2 miles?  I've done 35 minute 3 miles.  When I was running consistently and I don't do marathons I could 6 minute or less miles.  Some people are just good runners from the start.  Some people are quick walkers as well.  I've always been a get things done kind of person and If I have to walk 2 miles you better bet I'm going to do it as fast as I can.  Having kids made me slow down but only a little as my oldest is just like me and little one will literally stop somewhere and ask us to come back for her.  

 

I don't know why you guys feel the need to question her about how fast she walks 2 miles.  She said it's her daily route, stop googling and try it for yourself.

post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post

Why does it matter how long she takes to walk 2 miles? 

 

It doesn't, unless, as may be the case in a thread like this, we compare and extrapolate these times and distances to the ones being faced by the original poster's dd. That's clearly not at all a fair comparison, because not only is AdelinesMom an adult, and walking quiet rural roads, but more to the point because assuming her measurements are accurate she's walking at a speed that's close to double the walking speed of a typical adult, well beyond what would be considered "powerwalking" and more into the "racewalking" pace. 

 

Miranda

post #29 of 39
Well, Im not standing by my statement 100% that its exactly two miles, but its pretty close. And Im not doing it daily right now at 37 weeks pregnant in Janurary, so its not like I can test it today smile.gif Im not going to argue with you about the time, because I used to work for my neighbors and I had to walk there everyday with DD, so I know how long it took. Racewalkers average 7-8 minutes a mile, not 10. But it really doesnt matter. Maybe me adding my walking time wasnt helpful for the point I was just trying to figure out how far away school was. My question to the OP was whether or not she had calculated the distance because Im wondering how far away from home the kid would be by herself, regardless of how long it takes to walk to school. Personally, I think a kid that age shouldnt really be more than about a mile away from home by themselves at any time. That's just my opinion. I dont have a kid that age, but Ive had several siblings that walked to school and I know it was always under a mile. How far is school? 1 mile? 2 miles? To me, asking if a 20-30 minute walk to school too far for a first grader leaves me wondering about the other factors. Im wondering what the distance is, how many stop lights/ intersections are on the way, if its a high traffic area, if there are lots of people around or is it a neighborhood where she might only pass one person on the way?
post #30 of 39

I think the mom walks with her to school No one would send a 7 yo on a thirty min walk alone.

post #31 of 39
Oh, I see, I thought she was trying to eventually get her to walk on her own. OMG, I suck at this thread.
post #32 of 39

It's ok AM :) I will be your walking buddy anytime- we can just get bull horns cause I will be about a mile behind you saying slow down!!!! and you will be saying SPEED UP! And we can have coffee cake and coffee when we are done!

 

post #33 of 39
I only consent to this if there is Bailey's involved.
post #34 of 39

Baileys sounds GREAT!

post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

Well, Im not standing by my statement 100% that its exactly two miles, but its pretty close. And Im not doing it daily right now at 37 weeks pregnant in Janurary, so its not like I can test it today smile.gif Im not going to argue with you about the time, because I used to work for my neighbors and I had to walk there everyday with DD, so I know how long it took. Racewalkers average 7-8 minutes a mile, not 10. 


Her name escapes me (and now I hesitate to google orngtongue.gif), but there's an Olympic racewalker who trained (and maybe competed?) right through pregnancy. Not sure if it was during the depths of winter, though smile.gif.  Hey, I was just interested in figuring out what that pace looked like, that's all. I'm a pretty fast walker and a lot of people complain about trying to keep up with me. I've never clocked myself. I believe that 2 miles in 20 minutes is possible. Not for a 7 y.o. with SN though, but I think we all agree on that. 

 

post #36 of 39

Get her a balance bike then.  If she's seven and not ready to learn to bike, then start her on a balance bike ASAP.  There are also clinics around the country for special needs kids to learn to ride a bike.  http://www.losethetrainingwheels.org/

post #37 of 39
Get her a scooter! They are much easier to learn than a bike, and they also make 3-wheel ones for older kids if balancing is a challenge at all. The great thing about scooters is that you can control your speed much more than you can with a bike, and there is much less chance of falling. My 3yo scooters to daycare (about a 10-min walk) and my 8yo sometimes but not always walks home from her bus stop, which is about 20 min away on foot (weird, I know). FWIW, her stop is about exactly a mile away, so we are doing 20-minute miles here.

A child that age should also be able to walk that distance, but I would start slow and bring water and snacks, and carry her bag for her. Also, maybe start off just doing pick-up so there is no time pressure.
post #38 of 39
Here is the 3-wheeler for older kids. My 3yo has the mini-Kick and we LOVE it.

http://www.kickboardusa.com/maxi
post #39 of 39
They also have this! That could help if she gets tired, maybe, and looks better than a stroller, probably? I would be concerned about kids making fun of a 7yo in a stroller unless her SN are pretty visible.

http://www.kickboardusa.com/scoot-n-pull
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