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what a difference the pace makes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So Sunday I needed a recovery day after snowboarding and running on Saturday. The two littles were too sick to go into the church nursery so the DW asked me to take them on the bike trail. I bundled them up and walked 6 miles at a 15 min pace (90 min), SP estimated calorie burn: 570 cal.

Then, on Monday, I went out for a mid-distance run in the late afternoon. I ran 8.5 miles in 70 min, at an 8:10 pace and SP estimated calorie burn: 1150 cal, or over twice as many as I used walking for 1.5 hours. Which I found interesting.

I love walking and the many benefits of walking, but sometimes you need to get out and run!

It looks like our forecasted 8-10 inches of snow is only 2-3 inches. Hopefully I will be back out on the roads again by Thursday! Spark on everyone!
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    Way to go speedy! Sorry for the late response. I am clearing out my email's inbox. I have been a little stressed for the past few weeks and I reverted to one of my old habits; reading on my iPad. I will be getting back to my regular spark routine soon.

    The kids are on their spring break this week and I hope to do a few outdoor activities with them if the temps and weather are nice.

    1888 days ago
    Very active - good for you!!!

    1892 days ago
    WOW, what a great pace!! Don't think I'll ever be that fast, but even so, my running burns significantly more calories than my walking. But sometimes I just need to walk. Other times, I need to run. Enjoy your activities!!
    1892 days ago
    Awesome run pace, esp. for 8+ miles! Pretty sure that if I ran 5+ miles consistently, I wouldn't even think about calories any more. On a related note, did you see the Yahoo article about the guy with terminal brain cancer who won the Gusher Marathon pushing his 6 yo daughter in a stroller? Impressive stuff!
    1893 days ago
    Yep intensity/pace is the true factor.
    1893 days ago
  • RUN-GIRL71
    I had a sports massage last night and when it was over SO wanted to run to my car- Felt like a million bucks......oh to run pain free like you...Great job on your running, your times and the variety is good too.
    1893 days ago
    8 minute pace...WOW in my Kenyan dreams. emoticon
    1893 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Great pace. Sounds like you're doing well on the runs.
    1893 days ago
    Because each has features I like that are not shared by the others, I upload my Forerunner data to Garmin Connect, Strava, and MapMyFitness and I log the basics on SP. It takes a while, but I'm retired and have the time. Anyway, my guess is that Garmin Connect has the best calorie burn estimates and MapMyFitness' autocalc feature is the most inflated. Still scale and belt length are my most encouraging measurement tools.

    Your kids are going to grow up awesomely fit if you weren't carrying them on that walk.
    1893 days ago
    Neither rain nor snow shall detain a true runner! emoticon I was just scolded today for being a crazy runner....LOL! But that's OK because I AM!
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    1893 days ago
    I would be suspicious of the SP number for your run. You really don't burn much more than 100 calories per mile running, especially if you are fit.
    1893 days ago
    I have a hard time walking. It just takes so long. Plus, as you have seen, the caloric burn is so much higher for me when running. I guess I'm just too impatient to do the long walks. Good for you for doing both!
    1893 days ago
    Your pace is something I can only imagine. emoticon
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  • ANDY_54
    Any exercising is good, but yeah, you cannot beat a good run sometimes. Remarkable calorie difference though. I think at my speed of run, I'm neck and neck with walking calories, lol. Take care and have a great day!
    1893 days ago
    You're right! But I haven't been out since last week since it has been snowing. Maybe cross country skiing today? But doesn't burn as many calories as running.
    1893 days ago
    Pace really does make a huge difference. :)
    1893 days ago
    I always figure 100 calories per mile as a very rough estimate regardless of pace, although it seems reasonable that pace and elevation would make a difference.
    I try to run as much as possible to save time, but I enjoy the scenery more while walking.

    1893 days ago
    Either way, you got your fitness in! Since I broke my leg badly many years ago, I've pretty well been limited to walking. Despite what the doctors said I would be able to do, however, I have been "running" again - albeit very slowly (10-12 minute mile pace). Two days ago I ran for 25 minutes and felt great. I'm a very competitive person and I'm disappointed I can't do the times I used to do, but looking at my permanently swollen right ankle with all the tendon damage, I'm fortunate I can run again at all! I mainly go on long hikes now, and although not the same as running, I do get to enjoy the scenery more!
    1893 days ago
    So true.
    1893 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    I find walking harder than running lol it just takes too long to get where you want to go! Good luck with the snow (so ready for spring!)
    1893 days ago
    Awesome! I complete agree. I love a nice long walk but sometimes you just gotta RUN!
    1893 days ago
    Great job on the mileage. It is nice to vary it.
    1893 days ago
  • STHAX10
    The distance, incline and pace makes all the difference. Since it is too cold for me to walk outside, I walk the treadmill. 2-2.5 mph (depending on how I feel) and on an incline of 15%. I am just getting back at it after an unintentional hiatus. I have gotten myself up to 30 minutes. That is roughly 250+ calories burned in that amount of time. I feel so good when I am done with my 60 minutes of exercise.

    Keep up the good work!!!
    1893 days ago
    1893 days ago
    I read somewhere a long time ago that walking burns about the same amount of calories per mile, regardless of the pace; but that running the same distance at a faster pace burns more calories. I don't know whether this is true, and I don't recall the source.

    I've stated many times that calorie burn estimates are all bogus, and I don't trust the accuracy of any of them. But I can easily believe that you burned a lot more calories on the 70 minute run than on the 90 minute walk.
    1893 days ago
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