I’m PhD student. I’m a father of two with a third on the way. I’m a busy guy. I’m also overweight.

I’m about 187 lbs now. I’d like to be around 175 lbs by the end of November and 165lbs by the middle of March. My running training isn’t going so well. My job (research) is sedentary. I feel like I’m going nowhere fast. I need some daily exertion that will boost both my metabolism and my spirits. So…

I’ve been thinking.

Misery loves company, right? Seriously, though, I’ve found that camaraderie is invaluable for self-improvement. It’s easier to stay on the wagon push yourself when your friends are trying to do the same thing along side you, challenging and encouraging you along the way.

What am I getting at?

Well, I’d like to start a group for folks walking to work or school. Specifically, I’m hoping there are folks in Squirrel Hill who commute to Oakland during the work week and who would be interested in walking together. Leaving work can be unpredictable, but most folks go into work at a fairly consistent time.

What I’m proposing is that we meet at a mutually convenient location in Squirrel Hill (e.g., Forbes Ave and Murray Ave.), walk a common route to Oakland, and peel off as we reach our destinations. Depending on the route taken, it’s a 30 min to 43 min walk, which is very reasonable. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d be willing to walk in almost any weather (except possibly driving rain).

Who wants to join me? Leave a comment, email me if you have my address, or talk to me on Twitter. 🙂

Addendum: I’m aiming to leave Squirrel Hill around 8:30AM each morning. I might be able to swing 8:00 or 8:15, but it’d be a tight squeeze.

Update 09/29/10: I walked from Murray Ave and Pocusset St to Tennyson Ave and Fifth Ave this morning (through the park), and it took me close to an hour. A route through neighborhoods is somewhat shorter. Either way, I still want to do this. Will anyone join me?