Saturday, October 13, 2012
I've really wanted to jog again. I did for a short while about 10 years ago, but work and schedules got in my way. Now I have the time to start up. I've been walking since my son was only a few weeks old. I eventually bought a jogging stroller to make life easier (especially when walking slightly faster or on bumpy pavement). I had give myself a goal of September to start picking up the pace. And I did it, rarely, but I did occasionally include short bursts of jogging into my walking. Honestly I just felt more comfortable with increasing my distance than my speed. However, the dreaded P word hit: plateau. I knew I needed a change in my activity level. I'm hopefully joining a gym soon, I've been waiting until the weather is too unbearable for my son & I to be out (I was out today for an hour in 32 degrees, I wish I was bundled up like him).
This week I began jogging one song, then walking one song. I promised myself to just push through, one song at a time. It worked! I was able to keep p my regular route and alternate walking & jogging. Today I pushed myself and jogged 2 songs & walked one (my "walk is still about 3.7mph). I did that for 4 miles and finished in under an hour! After the pride and astonishment settled as I packed my sleeping baby back into the car I realized: I'm not out of breath!!!! I just jogged 4 miles in under and hour in the freezing cold and my body feels happy! Way an incredible feeling. Just a few months ago it was still challenging to pick up my walking pace.
Now I'm excited to get out there tomorrow morning. I'm anxiously awaiting the day that I can jog the entire 2mile loop jogging. I'm not pushing myself too hard, because I know I will get there. I'm tie myself at least a week of jog 2/walk 1' slow and steady wins the race. Like I told my dad yesterday, This is the last time I'm losing weight. I'm doing this to get to a healthy place iny life and I'm staying there. So I'm not ia rush, I have no timeline. I know this time I'll get there.