I’ve often wondered how long my Sunday Morning step class at Kerrisdale Community Centre in Vancouver. Last Sunday I had a chance to find out.

Wednesday before last, at work, I won a door prize. I had a choice between a Starbucks card and a pedometer. I settled for the pedometer, thinking that would be the best analytical tool to tackle my lack of information head on.

Last Sunday, after giving my safety precautions, I said the class, ”If you’re like me ,” I said, “You’ve often wondered how long this step class is. This morning we’re going to find out.” I went on to tell them about my winnings, and I said , “I chose the PEDOPHYLE, and I have it clipped to my Spandex shorts.

I suppose I should have felt a little embarrassed about my slip of the tongue, and that I shouldn’t speak like that in front of several binders of women. I thought it was funnier than my usual Spoonerisms and Romney’s such as getting the functions of Jacuzzis and hibachis mixed up and it kind of rolled off my tongue like a nursery rhyme.

“So let’s kick the heck out of that pedophile,” I continued, not knowing the reason for the unbridled mirth of my binder full of women, “And we’ll solve the mystery of the length of the class by getting a number.”

At the end of the class, the number was 3,726.

Now I could calculate the distance of my class given some limitations.

First, I measure the distance covered by one of my strides. When I’m walking normally, I measured that one of my strides is about 80 cm.

But a step class is a fitness class. When I was an archaeologist, I got pretty good at measuring distances on the ground by pacing. I could make one of my strides pretty close to a meter. That takes a little extra energy – a little less than that of a step class. I am fairly confident that 3,726 steps would approximate about 4000 meters, or 4 km.

In my class, I do a whole pile of repeaters where I lift one leg 3 or 7 times while the supporting leg stays on the step. After my class I checked, and the pedometer did not calculate 50% of these. Because there were so many of these, that were also only half recorded, I calculate that there are another 1000 steps – corresponding to another km – a total of 5 km. 5 km s converts to 3.1 miles.

Not a bad run for 9:15 on a Sunday morning, eh?

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there “aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look like.
He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105 If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.


3 Responses to “MINE’S 3.1 MILES, HOW LONG IS YOURS?”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Clever math. Most people average 2,000 steps per mile. Pedometers do not measure side or back steps, only forward ones.

    You need to measure the length of your steps and enter that info into your pedometer. My stride is about 30 inches. Mine registers best when I attach it to the coin pocket of my jeans. My daughters, being slim rather than fluffy, can attach their’s at the waist. It also needs to stay level during your walk/exercise.

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