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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! emoticon

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 emoticon )
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!
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MSWEEZER 11/12/2010 7:43PM

    I could so relate to your blog. You should check out the Jeff Galloway method. There is even a team here on SP. I find I do much better doing intervals, which is his method, which provides you a way to get better times but it is not so hard on your body and find there are far fewer injuries. Just google Jeff Galloway and you will see. I can't run but one full mile and I want to die and my time isn't great. I WOG (walk/jog) a mile using the intervals (I like 30 second intervals) and can easily do an 11-12 minute mile. I can do five miles in an hour. Sure I'd like to get to where I'm doing 10 minute miles but this is a good start I think for someone who also thought I can't run (for a variety of reasons).

Glad you're not giving up and don't let anyone fool you. Even if you don't RUN the entire distance, You ARE still a runner. Peruse the spark team out there. The things these folks accomplish is truly amazing to me. Great inspiration indeed.

Good Luck!!! emoticon emoticon

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CNTRYGAL 11/10/2010 7:17PM

    I love the attitude in your last paragraph! As I keep telling a friend of mine that just started running. The C25K is a basic plan (guideline) .... it is COMPLETELY flexible. Whenever that negative nancy starts whispering in your ear - just start telling her about all of your accomplishments!

Stay strong! :)

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NJJAZZ 11/10/2010 7:13PM

    Giving up is never an option unless it is doing physical or mental damage to you. or possible you have changed your goal.

Keep going and take it at a slower pace. Take a moment to look back at how far you have come. Bravo to you.


I have started running recently too. Im not setting any world records - but I am impressing the heck out of myself since 3 months ago I couldnt even run to the end of my block. Running is making the fat melt off....................... thats one thing I see and feel.

Think of what you are doing as interval training. I do a combo of running and walking fast - and it just happens that my running is getting longer and longer and my walking continues to decrease. I love it.


Good luck ----------------------- keep going.

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NLS2013 11/10/2010 6:58PM

    This sounds like an excellent idea to me! Makes sense!

I've been walking and doing exercise DVDs and things and keep wondering about jogging. I even peeked at the C25K thingy. I have never been a runner. Something is stuck in my head about shin splints and knee pain. Probably started too fast and pooped out on it when it started to hurt. And I may have actually been heavier way back whenever I've tried it. Hmmmmmm I have been wondering since starting here at SP whether I too could actually be a runner at my advanced age...of 55...ahem

(aren't you the one that said you thought my 90 day of SP blog was 90 years?!) But I digress.

I may adopt a bit of your idea here and just start REALLY SLOWLY. Why not? I'm walking and moving in some fashion or other anyway. Good ponder! You inspire me!

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