Yesterday I started my walking/running routine!
I had a great walk even though I was pretty sore before I started. I was able to get in 4 miles though in about 70 minutes. I am hoping to get faster by the end of the summer but today was just day one! I am glad I went today though since Denver is suppose to get a ton of snow tonight and for the next few days. It will give me a good break before I start again when the weather should be nice again on Saturday. Don't underestimate recovery time and how important it is to your body.
"A runner who runs every day is an injured runner" -Runner's World
Carolina Girl sent me a great article about running vs walking and the calories burned. It makes total sense but is a little confusing. Check it out if you have questions.
I do know that if I tried to run 4 miles straight even at a slow pace I would never make it. I still burned 700 calories today by the time my heart rate returned to normal. I was thinking back to the summer I lost 17 lbs and if I do the math that is over a pound a week. If I continue walking this summer I hopefully will loose a pound a week again and be at goal by the end of the summer.
I really don't have a definitive goal yet. I am making small goals and when I get to where I feel great I will start maintaining. I know most people have an ideal weight where they felt their absolute best but I really don't have one. I use to never worry about weight until woke up one day and was unhappy. I know that I can look at bmi but really it is such a huge range it doesn't help me. According to it I could loose 25 more pounds and be healthy. I am guessing that would be way too many but I would say it will be at least ten more pounds.