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Jogging

on January 13, 2013

Ok so I wrote in my New Year’s post that one of my goals for 2013 is to learn to jog/run. Well, I’ve started … on the treadmill. I have been terrified to try jogging/running on the treadmill for fear of falling and getting hurt.

Tyler kept telling me it would be okay, that I wouldn’t fall. He said to start slow, basically the speed I walk at. I was still scared, but tried it anyway. The first time I thought I was going to have a mental breakdown. I thought it was too fast. I thought there is no way I can do this. I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into!? That’s a lot to think in 30 seconds. It felt like forever. But I did it and I didn’t fall. It felt pretty good actually.

And that 30 secs gave me HUGE confidence. Enough confidence to try it again on my own, without anyone watching me. And the second time I went longer – a full minute! I figured that if I slowed the speed a little, I’d feel more confident. So that’s what I did. And it was awesome! So then I wanted someone to see, so I called over my friend Chase. It was kind of cool showing off a little.

And then I showed Tyler. And I showed off a little more by going 90 secs! And he recorded it too. It was pretty awesome. Tyler seemed pretty excited too.

This was last Wednesday. And those little jogs were the first I’d done since I was in high school!

Since then, I’ve done more jogging on the treadmill. I jog for a minute, then walk for about 3 minutes. Sometimes I have to walk a bit longer to catch my breath. I try to do as much as I can in the hour I’m on the treadmill.

Next I will work on shortening my walking time and increasing my jogging time. I don’t know how long it will take me, but that’s okay because I’m just going to take it one day at a time.

Eventually, Tyler and I will move outside to do some jogging. Not sure when that will happen. We sort of need to wait for decent weather. Being winter time, we have to be careful of ice and snow. But I’m looking forward to it. I don’t know if it will easier outside or not, but I still want to do it.

Jogging isn’t easy. It takes a lot of muscles working together. It takes lung power. It takes drive. It takes commitment. It takes heart. And learning to do it at 42 and overweight, I think, takes a little bit of craziness too (hahaha).

I plan to do two 10k events this year, and I want to be able to jog at least part of the time. I’m pretty excited about it!

Stay tuned for future updates on how it’s going.

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3 responses to “Jogging

  1. […] was #2, and I started that one on January 9th. I did a blog post about too. You can read that one here. I’m not super good at it, but I feel like each time I do it, I get a little better. Or at […]

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