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Next project; jogging!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Me? Jog? On a regular basis? This still sounds foreign in my head, but I am warming up to the idea for several reasons.

Here is my list;
1. Save time.
2. Gain health.
3. Gain workout credibility.
(Because, lets face it; my stretches, walking, resistance-band routine, and now-and-then hiking is not really impressing more "hard-core" exercisers like my husband. I would love to be able to keep up with him!)

I use my feet for transportation most days, but I've always walked. I have a phobia of public transportation. (silly, I know..) Since my work is 2-3 K from my house, I'll walk several miles most weeks. Not bad, but not that challenging at this point. And, I fear, perhaps less rewarding than I hoped.

At my latest visit at the allergists I had the usual tests done. I was told my lung functioning had declined, and was merely average. I was told this could be effects of the vaccine (this will be monitored closely), but it could very well just be effects of me moving less at higher intensities since last visit.

So, that offered food for thought.. I have been taking it kinda easy lately. I had considerable side-effects starting the vaccine, fatigued, runny eyes and nose, so the first 3 weeks I really slowed down working out.

Last Thursday I was in a hurry. I knew I would have the lab to myself, so I opted to walk/jog/run to work, and then jog the scenic route back home after. It went well. It was rough going up the hills, I'll admit, but I got there and back on time.. AND I learned a lesson. I CAN jog! Is it easy? Nope. Is it comfortable. NO. Did I look extremely unfit huffing along all lobster-red in the face? Probably..
Still, I DID IT! (and survived!)

So, with that lesson in fresh memory, and with my declining lung health in the back of my mind, I've decided to change things up a bit. Starting next week I intend to jog home after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'll keep up with my yoga and resistance-band routine. This will probably end up in fewer fitness-minutes over the week, even if I opt for the scenic route home, but hopefully more fitness for my minutes invested.

Wish me luck! I will definitely need some cheering on..
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    Congratulations - that is awesome! I am not a jogger, but the few times I did break into a trot for the hell of it, it felt great, wind in the face, I felt free and almost like I was flying. What a rush if you can do it. emoticon
    1608 days ago
  • LUANN7
    way to go you can do it. I would die if I jogged I am just getting my walking done I am up to 15 mins-woo hoo pretty good for someone who was in a wheelchair 2 months ago.Here's cheering you on and hoping your jogging goes well.
    1608 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    WooHoo - you can do it!
    You can do anything you set your mind too!

    If the movement you're doing increases your heart rate and you do it for 10 minutes at a time without stopping (or more) then it is "real" exercise.
    1608 days ago
    I've been thinking about jogging too (of course, difference in our ages, my dear) and I'm a little bit nervous about what it will do to my joints. But I see so many very fit people my age and most of them jog!

    So my theory is that if you start now (since this isn't about me, after all), and move slowly as you plan to do, and gradually work your way up to jogging every day, by the time you're my age you could be doing marathons!! Okay, so maybe that isn't your goal. You do what feels right to you - and I know you'll do great!!
    1608 days ago
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