The crazy Colorado weather is finally agreeing with me and I have been able to start walking/running again outside! We had a blizzard last weekend but I was able to get out in short sleeves two days later. I took it slow and walked the entire 4 miles because I had a head cold during the blizzard. I also swung by the gym yesterday and did a quick upper body circuit. I was there no longer than 15 minutes but I still burned 100 calories and built muscle. Remember that muscle burns calories even when it is not in use. Yesterday, I started running again and used some of the principles of the new book that I picked up.
The selection of women's running books at Barnes and Nobles wasn't super impressive but I did find one that I am super happy with. It is all about women's running as you can see. It is great because it really addresses all aspects of running.
My 2nd day out I decided to do a half a mile warm up then see how far I could run straight. I made it for half mile and then walked half a mile and ran again to the next half mile marker. I ended up alternating running and walking for about 3 out of the 4 miles.
I do have to say that running burns way more calories than walking. The two exact same walks had a calorie difference of 150 calories. Also today even though I haven't yet seen the weight loss results of working out this early I had a friend comment that my face looked much thinner than when she recently saw me!