Work Out Wednesday – Run For It

The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime

Run For It

In April, Steve Prue and I took a Team Rockstar road trip from Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV.  En route a few “Tita-isms” were born.  

“There’s no food in your food”  
“Coffee isn’t water”

And finally, the one that most closely relates to today’s post:
“We could be working right now”

One day, we found ourself with an awkward break in the day.  (It was after check out, but before our next event.)  I suggested we hunker down in a coffee shop, with wifi, and get some work done.  Steve had other ideas… 

There are some glorious dry lake beds outside of Las Vegas, which have been used in innumerable films, television series, and fashion shoots.  You may have never been there, but I guarantee you’ve seen em.

After working together for 4 years, Steve knows that if there’s one thing I’ll always make time for it’s fitness. (and cupcakes)  So, under the guise of “getting my work-out in” I agreed to leave my computer behind, and climbed into our rented SUV. 

Faced with a never ending flat surface, and no equipment, there was one thing to do: Run

Here are the fitness facts on running:
*Running uses the lower leg muscles, and when done with proper technique can help to sculpt strong hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.

*Running improves your aerobic fitness, and encourages cardiorespiratory health 

*Running releases endorphins that create a feeling of well-being and, according to recent studies “Can make you high”

*Running burns approximately 50% more calories per mile than walking

*Here’s a handy table to help you figure out how much you can burn

What’s the Burn? A Calorie Calculator
You can use the formulas below to determine your calorie-burn while running and walking. The “Net Calorie Burn” measures calories burned, minus basal metabolism. Scientists consider this the best way to evaluate the actual calorie-burn of any exercise. The walking formulas apply to speeds of 3 to 4 mph. At 5 mph and faster, walking burns more calories than running.
Your Total Calorie Burn/Mile
Your Net Calorie Burn/Mile
.75 x your weight (in lbs.)
.63 x your weight
.53 x your weight
.30 x your weight
Adapted from “Energy Expenditure of Walking and Running,” Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Cameron et al, Dec. 2004.

When it was all said and done, getting out into the desert, enjoying the incredible vistas, working out, AND having fantastic photos taken by one of the most talented people I know, was hands down one of the best experiences of my life.  

To this day, whenever I question one of his crazy ideas, Steve playfully mocks me with “we could be working in a coffee shop right now”.  Point taken.

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    Nathan Musgrove

    And this is why you are an inspiration! On top of that flawless body, the will and drive to workout is what is so inspiring! Another great workout wed, and another thing to remember when you think you can't workout or try to find the reason not to, What would Tita do? Simple, workout 😉

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