Walking > Running

by Rachel on April 22, 2010

Good Thursday evening! First off, I just wanted to say THANKS for the support on Gymnertainment this morning! For all you early adopters who were quick to download and have already hit them with “me,” I’m so pumped you did!

So, this week, I’ve sort of been testing something out. This week I decided I would not run or really do any intense cardio beyond my two 45-minute spin classes. It took me a little while to reach the decision to try this, but here’s what I was thinking.

  • Walking is just as healthy as running.
  • All my runs lately have just felt slow and forced.
  • I’m not a runner.
  • I don’t need to run right now. Sometimes, I need to run but right now, I have nothing to work through. In the fall, I needed to sort of re-find my passions. Now, I’ve got them. Sooooo….no thanks, five-miler!
  • Running requires me to wear hideous white-girl shoes.
  • Walking does not ruin my hair.

The whole idea was mainly motivated by the last point, which I’m sure you understand, as that’s the point everyone agreed with most on my Top 10 Reasons Being Healthy Sucks.

Still, mentally, it wasn’t easy to say I wasn’t going to do hardcore cardio. I mean, I really love hardcore cardio. But I really love cheese. Eating a whole block of cheese would make me really ill. The less often I have cheese, the more I appreciate it when I do. And, really, the better it is. (I originally tried to write that metaphor as a sexual one; then I realized, nope…never…never too much of a good sexual thing.) Anyway, I thought by taking a full-out running break, I’ll eventually start to miss it and really like it when I do feel the need to go do it.

I also had to remind myself that not running wouldn’t make me gain weight. I mean, honestly, running doesn’t help me lose weight. Actually, I don’t even really do cardio for weight loss at this point, I really focus on what I eat because I think that’s the main factor…so even considering weight gain/loss was kind of useless.

Well, I don’t know if I’ll be running anytime soon because let me just say that walking is magical. My face glows and I sweat from the neck down, but my hair stays perfect! This is life-changing, you guys. I’ve gone for three walks this week, each between 45 minutes and an hour and a quarter. I love it.

  • I can do other things when walking, like send e-mails or have phone dates with friends.
  • Because I don’t walk as often, it always makes me feel sore/more toned (no matter how great of shape I’m in).
  • Even though I’m working, it feels less like work.
  • I can walk later in the day and won’t say awake all night.
  • I can wear my black-girl shoes.

Besides the walks, I’ve also been doing Core Fusion and pilates for the 2.0 Challenge; but because all the DVDs are in 10-minute segments, I’ve been breaking them up throughout the day. A little before lunch, something before bed…so while I spend the same amount of time working out, because none of these exercises causes me to drip sweat like a girl in a Ying Yang Twins song, I don’t have to shower immediately after. And I kind of like working out throughout the day; it’s a nice way to break it up and to stretch and move and get away from my desk.

I’m sure a lot of you are are like, “Duh, you dumb bitch, WALKING! STRENGTH TRAINING!” but I really didn’t “get it” until now. I used to feel like I had to be soaking wet for it to “count” but now I realize how healthy I feel (and — OMG, Core Fusion — how toned I’m getting!!!) with this laid-back but yet still effective approach. I mean, it may not make me super sweaty, but Core Fusion is pretty hard core. Today, in one ten minute segment, I screamed “HOLY SHIT” twice and emitted three moans loud enough to wake the dogs. I’m sure it won’t be too long before some imminent tequila night/texting fail/relationship debacle gives me a reason to run again, but in the meantime, I’m loving this!

Oh except today when I was walking I heard ALL this commotion behind me and I’m like, “WTF who is this heavy breather!?” It was this old man whose skin was whiter than Caspers and he was huffing and puffing but then he passed me and kept on going! I was totally offended. I mean, I know I’m not a runner, but apparently, I’m not a walker either.

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1 Dori April 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Yes!!! I love how toned you are getting from Core Fusion and you are right about walking, I always feel SO wiped after a long walk! My feet feel it more too. I love how you are breaking up your workouts throughout the day too. My hair got messed up during cardio today and I just washed it last night! But, unlike you, I am a runner, so that’s that for now!
.-= Dori´s last blog ..Run for the Parks Playlist =-.

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2 Rachel April 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

When you’re ready to stop being a runner, come be a walker with me! Maybe we can be mall-walkers…

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3 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER April 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

“Today, in one ten minute segment, I screamed “HOLY SHIT” twice and emitted three moans loud enough to wake the dogs”

Sigh, if only.
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Midnight Fun Run recap! =-.

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4 Ashley April 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Totally LOL’d at this: I’m sure a lot of you are are like, “Duh, you dumb bitch, WALKING! STRENGTH TRAINING!”

I’ve been hoping this will work for me. Not so much the walking (getting ready for a 5K with fiance) but the strength training. But I miss balls-to-the-wall cardio workouts that I could only get at the gym. Maybe I need a corefusion dvd!!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Taking your weight loss public =-.

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5 Rachel April 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I just did Core Fusion, second 10 minute segment. To someone on the other side of the door, I don’t even know what the hell it sounded like. Whimpers, prayers…ffffff.

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6 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER April 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

It would sound like you’re having a damn good time!
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Midnight Fun Run recap! =-.

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7 MelissaNibbles April 23, 2010 at 5:45 am

I walk and read at the same time. I know it’s not safe, but I read on the train to work and gossip magazines are hard to put down sometimes!
Core Fusion is the best! I won a dvd in Dori’s challenge and have bought two more since! Pure Abs & Arms is insane!

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8 Sophie @ yumventures April 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

Love this! I always feel bad when I do any form of cardio and am not bright red and sweating. Like, I just ran for a half hour but does it count? You are letting me see that, hell yeah, it does, and so does the few reps I do with the dumbbells. Awesome post.

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9 Eunice April 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hmm..I’ve heard of this Core Fusion thing before… Guess I’ll have to get on Amazon and look it up!

I just started running and I’m training for my first 5k, soooo I can’t slow down right now. But! I walk on my days off and it is quite lovely. You get to do more people watching when you walk. I just hope I don’t run into your Casper man. Yikes..

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10 Jenn April 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

What sold me on Core Fusion (right after hearing your first raves about it) were the 10 minute segments. I work from home, and get so antsy (my work doesn’t require a lot of concentration, for the most part), I usually work an hour, do a 10 minute segment, work an hour…it gets me through most the day!

Thanks for the walking pep-talk. I’ve recently been going through something similar, and while I know walking counts, I’ve been having a hard time really feeling it.

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