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I refuse to jog

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."
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  • v BILL60
    To me, jogging is OK. I would much rather jog 2 miles than run 1/2 mile. First off, I burn more calories. Secondly, I get to my goal that much quicker. Comparing jogging to bad weight lifting technique is not a good analogy. Good luck!!
    1253 days ago
    Slow and Steady Wins the Race! ~ Tortoise
    1253 days ago
  • v KA_JUN
    emoticon on finishing your first week! Good luck on your program! emoticon
    1254 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    I have the same issue with hills: going up them causes my heartrate to go up too high, going down them trashes my knees & quads. Fortunately, I live in a relatively flat area.

    Oh, and although my mental image of my running is smooth and gazelle-like, I'm sure I really look like a jogging hippo. The good news is that the papparazzi have yet to follow me around filming every moment of my life, so there's no hard evidence to dispel my illusions of grace & fluidity.
    1254 days ago
  • v IDGET16
    I did couch to 5k- not the same program, but nearly the same time frame. It took me double. I wanted to make sure I was solid before moving up each level. And I somewhat agree with your run versus jog idea, although for me I just find a faster jog is better for me then a slow jog, less strain. I live in a VERY hilly area and running on hills is scary, downhills I have to go slow or I will really hurt myself (my knees ache if I do too much, and it's not just because I am out of shape, my husband is a fitness fanatic and he can't do more then a few miles on these hills because of the jarring downhill runs). But slow jogging is just horrible. It jars my whole body more and all my energy is wasted, or so it feels. Just keep trucking, you're doing great!!
    1254 days ago
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