Duffy your time sounds pretty good for a distance of 3.63 miles. That is a pace of 12.24 or close to 5 mph which is 12.00. Your WOG is at a good pace of 14.36 or close to 4.1 mph. As for SparkPeople I think their calories burn calculation is off substantially. I go my my HRM exclusively. For instance my 5K run today burned 1025 calories. I kept checking my HR and it was between 165-170 BPM which burns a lot of calories at that rate of exertion.
1/1/10 Start Wht 279 lbs 12/1/15 Goal 180
**Maintain** "OR" set new Goal! 170's maybe??
current weight: 236.0
Fitness Minutes: (23,621) Posts: 1,690 3/12/11 8:57 A
I'm still working towards running the whole distance and not walking part of the time. I have a 3.63 mile loop from my house to a beach and back that I like. I'm working towards being able to cover the whole distance in 45 minutes. I just got back from a 'wog' (love that term Chuck!) and it took me 53 minutes. I'm getting there. BUT, I'm a sweaty mess, red in the face, definitely had my heart rate up and according to SP I only burned 317 calories! When I can do it in 45 minutes SP calculation says I'll have burned 449 calories. It's good to have a goal, right?
I would have to agree that each individual has a most economic gait that is comfortable. Our different shapes have different speeds. It would make sense that when you find a gait that works best for you, you would expend less energy.
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I ran across an article that has given me some pause. The article is a scientific approach to using less oxygen to cover a particular distance. There is an optimum pace that will get the distance ran the cheapest. A slower pace is not necessarily the best use of oxygen, in fact your metabolic rate slows down. Any comments? Here is the link I was reading: www.livescience.com/5359-perfect-run ni ng-pace-revealed.html
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