Transition from walking to running!

I am no morning person; I would prefer to be a late evening person. But circumstances are such that I am forced to be an early afternoon person. So, when I have a meeting with my mentor or colleagues (I walk from my apartment to my office — a distance of 1 or 1.5 km or so), since I usually wake up late and have just enough time to make it for the meeting in time, I tend to walk fast (though the speed is reduced compared to what I used to — a couple of years ago). So, it is no surprise that I have noticed that, beyond some speed, I do find that running would be easier than walking. However, I never thought about this transition a lot; from Cognitive daily, I learn that one can push this transition speed where walking becomes harder than running towards higher values by doing some math problems in the mind. I now know what I should do to reach my office fast when I am running out of time!

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4 Responses to “Transition from walking to running!”

  1. Dorothy Stahlnecker Says:

    My husband who is an ultra marathon cyclist would say its the zone athletes go into when they need to get where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve. I say it just proves there is a benefit to multi tasking. It sometimes reduces the stress in our brain, focusing on more then one thing and enables you to excel in the other.

    Hope all is well. I’m doing better.

    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call your gram

  2. Guru Says:

    Dear Dorothy,

    Wonderful to see you here after a long time — and nice to know that you are doing better. I agree with you on the benefits of multitasking. However, I have also noticed that my thoughts in turn affect how fast or slow I walk too. I walk, and am lost in thought, and suddenly realise that I have slowed down, for example — that is not uncommon for me.


  3. Dorothy Stahlnecker Says:

    Yes, I agree, and it it is also influenced by the tone of the conversation or thoughts.

    A funny story from my past…I was a cosmologist in the 70’s and specialized in haircuts. My sister told me when I was angry she would never let me cut her hair. My approach as I would tell my story would have a devastating effect on the haircut.
    She said I always ended up taking more hair off then wanted. And the technique was always rougher. I wonder to this day, how many customers I did this with. Oh well, most came back however, it does seem to go with your theory.

    My best,
    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call gram

  4. Guru Says:

    Dear Dorothy,

    Thanks for sharing the fun story; I can totally see how such things would happen (since they happen to me all the time).


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