Jogging and giving up
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The other day I read in a magazine that walking is better than jogging as too many people give up jogging too quickly, whereas hardly anybody gives up walking once they've started.
I can relate to that. I love going for long walks if I have the time and I rarely feel like quitting.
But jogging is different. It took a lot of hard work (and a lot more than 7 weeks) to reach week 7 in the C25K programme, and now I'm stuck. Actually, I'm more than stuck: I can't jog the already achieved 25 minutes. Today I managed 8 minutes before I gave up - and the excuse that I bumped into a neighbour who wanted to chat isn't a valid excuse!
Should I give up, maybe I'm just not cut out to be a runner?
And then I started thinking (amazing what one does on a long way home
You see, I can't just stop in the middle of the road, I still have to get home ... AND ... I always complete my route.
So what, I thought, if I don't jog for the given 25 minutes? What, if I only jog 5 minutes? I still walk 30 minutes. If I only jog 10 minutes, I still walk another 25 minutes. A few months ago I couldn't even run 1 minute and 5 minutes seemed to be impossible.
Whatever I do now is already more than a few months ago, so I can only gain (as long as it's not pounds!)
Giving up? Absolutely not!!!!
I'll stay with week 7 until I can run the whole 25 minutes (or until the music gets on my nerves, then I'll have to re-think). In the meantime I will be grateful about every minute I CAN jog and I will enjoy every minute I can walk.
Giving up? Never!