Originally posted by GTChick01
I01Cobra - I didn't know you burn the same calories walking/running. I know I sweat a hell of a lot more when I'm running. That's actually why I started doing it... I didn't feel like I was doing anything just walking because I wasn't sweating much. And I don't do the Sunday stroll thing either. I have LONG legs so I walk about the same speed most people jog.
Sweating is your bodies way of cooling itself down. What ever weight you lose from water loss (like sweating) is replaced rather quickly by drinking water, gatorade, etc. Even if you don't rehydrate right after you run, your body will go into scavenge mode until it brings its water stores back up.
But, I hear what you are saying. For me, there is nothing like coming back from a 6 miles run sweating my butt off. It makes me feel like I've done something. My mom is a walker (4-5 miles a day). When she is in town, I usually will walk with her, instead of my normal running. I just don't get the same "I've done something" feeling from it.
Typically, if I run more than 5 miles, I weigh myself before I run and after and will drink water until I replace any weight loss during the run. A pint of water for each pound I lost.
During the summer, if I'm training for a fall marathon, a 18 mile run will produce about 5 lbs of weight loss for me (even with drinking during the run). Only about 1/2 pound is actual weight loss, the rest is water loss.
In my opinion, from observation (i.e. not scientific), running will produce a much "sleeker" leg line than running. People that only "power walk" tend to have fuller muscles, bigger calves, etc. than people that run.
Before all the ACE certified experts jump on the post and tell me I'm full of crap about walking burning the same amount of calories as running, I've make three assumptions. 1) we are talking miles, not time (2 miles of walking = 2 miles of running, calories wise) 2) we are talking the average person 3) the difference, calories wise is very minute (less than 10% difference).