Any Blue Line Beginners who work or live in downtown Akron or are available to drive in to join us, we will begin meeting twice a week for a brisk lunchtime walk. Whether you are a walker or runner, these walks might fit into your "walk" or "cross training" days on your 1 Mile or 8K Training Plans.

We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays - beginning today - behind Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S Main St., where we'll pick up the Towpath Trail. Look for us by the picnic tables off the parking lot. There is plenty of free parking.

The walk will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m., we'll dodge some construction along the trail on the way to the Akron Civic Theatre, and we'll return around 12:45 p.m. If you're not in a hurry to return to work, you can stay on the trail and stretch out your program. If you want to run or do the alternating walk/run, we won't hold you back. Feel free to come on out and socialize for a few minutes before setting off. You might even find a training partner at your speed.

This part is important: Do not wait for me! The news business being what it is, there are many days I won't be able to join you. Whoever shows up by 12:15 p.m., take charge and get started! Remember the etiquette tip we learned last week: Walk 2x2 and leave room on your left for lunchtime strollers headed the other way.

Anyway, a big thank you to BLB teammate Yu-Ling Yeh for suggesting these walks. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

- Paula