….my furry BFF that is. How cute are those little feet of hers?
We walked a steady (with a kajillion stops with the dog) 8k in 1:22 mins. Mr. Garmin told me that I burned 465 calories during my walk.
I arrived home last night, and decided that I would run the exact same route to determine the difference in calorie burn between walking and running.
I ran the 8k in just under 60 mins (again – stops for you know who – she likes to fake pee a lot when she dosn’t want to run anymore) and I only burned 586 calories.
465 calories burned WALKING 8k.
586 sweaty disgusting calories burned RUNNING 8k (10:1 intervals mostly, with a couple extra walking breaks to conquer a couple HUGE hills)
Mr. Garmin also gives me the following stats:
Walking average heart rate = 122 bpm
Walking maximum heart rate = 150 bpm
Running average heart rate = 152 bpm
Running maximum heart rate = 171 bpm
I fully admit to not being a heart rate connaisseur, but according to my minimal knowledge these numbers are within my desired target during exercise.
I think I might have actually found walking that route harder than running it, and I have the shin splints 2 days later to prove it. I love/hate to run. I really do. But maybe walking really isn’t that bad after all? The numbers prove that, and you can’t deny there is much less impact on your little joints.
Moral of the story: Walking burns some serious calories and it saves you from getting sweaty and gross. Do it.