Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I just completed the first week of the 5K Your Way Rookie Runner program. According to the plan, I should double my run time next week, which is highly unlikely. I imagine I'll boost the amount of time I spend running by 25%. Given that, it's going to take longer than eight weeks to get me to running a 5K.
Notice that I wrote "running." I detest jogging. I used to do it, but it's pointless. When I jog, it really just looks like I'm shuffling my feet. The range of motion is so much shorter. It's entirely unscientific, but running seems better for my body than jogging does. True, I can't run for very long, but that will change. Also, I run with minimalist shoes. I believe they encourage running, because it's easier to use a forefoot strike when running as opposed to jogging.
To me, jogging is the equivalent of using lousy form to lift higher weights, rather than perfecting one's form and slowly building up to higher weights. Of course, this is my opinion, and that renders it highly suspect.
I have to add that I am completely okay with it taking me sixteen weeks to get to running a 5K as opposed to eight. I've a strong tendency to jump in too fast, overdo it, and then having to throttle back and allow my most recent over-use injury to heal. As much as I have to talk myself into exercising sometimes, I just as frequently have to remind myself to slow down when it's time to slow down. The older I get, the longer it takes to heal. You can call this "wisdom" if you want. I prefer to think of it as "occasionally is not an idiot."