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Fit Folks: Carter 70, and Martha Cook

Staff Writer
Austin 360

My wife, Martha, and I began a walking program of five miles, three times a week, about four years ago. We use a pedometer to measure our distance and time. We maintain a pace of 18 minutes a mile; an hour and a half for the five-mile walk.

We vary our walking routes. We've found excellent walking trails in Austin, Pflugerville and Round Rock, as well as smaller towns in the area. We also like to walk in neighborhoods, enjoying their gardens and architecture. (The new Mueller development has a fine neighborhood walking trail.)

Sometimes, we park our car near North Lamar Boulevard and Koenig Lane and walk through Hyde Park, the University of Texas and the Capitol complex to Congress Avenue downtown, where we catch a Capital Metro bus back to a stop near our car. We've ridden Metrorail to Leander, walked and ridden the train back to Austin.

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.