How Many: Art Museum Steps

Today I challenged myself to answer a question I have been asking myself for a while now.

How many times would I have to go up and down the Art Museum steps to run a mile? 


I am always incorporating a few runs up and down the steps into my workouts on a weekly basis. The stairs may not look too scary, but they will get your heart rate UP! real quick if you sprint to the top!


This afternoon I made my way over to the Art Museum with a plan: Go up and down, hitting every step each time and add a 1 to my Notes on my iPhone after going up and down each time.

I started at the same place during every loop up and down to make sure I was consistent.


The answer to my question is 12!

12 time up (and back down!) the Art Museum steps will get you to 1 mile.


It will also burn a few extra calories than a regular 1 mile run!

My favorite part about my little test was to see what the GPS map looked like!


Makes me laugh – I love the little red line back and forth! Looks so sad but it’s a whole mile!

So there you have it folks – The answer to your burning question of “How many times up & down the Art Museum steps would make a mile!”

12 times!



What should I run up & down, or around or over or through NEXT??


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  • Reply Patty O December 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great information – the red line looks totally awesome – love it!

  • Reply Joy December 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love that “you’re back” blogging! Your posts always make me smile

    • Reply Leslie January 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words Joy! 🙂

  • Reply Kelly December 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    What GPS do you use? I got the Polar Heart Rate Monitor for Christmas now I need to add a GPS to the mix.

    Thanks so much!

    • Reply Leslie January 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I use the Map My Run app on my iPhone.
      I also have a Garmin Forerunner too!

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