Run Faster or Run Longer For Weight Loss?

So, you want to lose weight. Don’t we all?

The grand question for runners with a weight loss goal is this: Is it better to run lots of slow miles or fewer but faster miles?

Joanna Golub with Runners World took on this question in a brief video.

The general consensus in the running world is that you burn about 100 calories per mile, walking or running. Golub says you burn a few more calories running a 7-minute mile than you do running a 10-minute mile, though.

Which means, you burn more calories running faster.

The risk, she cautions, is that the more miles you run at a fast pace, the more risk you have for injury. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on training for endurance races and take the appropriate precautions.

I’ve always thought you burn 100 calories going 1 mile no matter how fast you do it. I just figured, if you run faster, you finish faster and that’s the end of the story. What’s your opinion on it?

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About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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