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Not running yet, but I am jogging!!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hey everybody!!

So I have been reading some SPpl's blogs about them going for a run, or running a marathon, or a 5K, and I really wanted to try. So I have been trying slowly but surely, at night, in the elementary school yard across the street, and at first I couldn't even jog 15 seconds (I was counting in my head). So then I told myself, stop counting and just put your cell phone's stop watch on in your pocket (I push the button when I just start jogging my first foot fwd). Slowly, it went from 2min 16 seconds, to then 4min 24 seconds then 4 mins 47 seconds!! :D I was soooo happy!!!

But I have noticed that when I jog (I don't say run bc I consider running really fast, what I do is really slow, it's a jog) I don't go very far in distance, but my heart beats much faster. For instance, if I were speed walking, say in those 4 mins 47 sec I could walk a farther distance and my heart wouldn't be beating that fast. Can someone explain that to me?

Also, what do you do when the weather starts getting more chilly? When I jogged those 4.47 and I came in, I started sweating sooo much (I wasn't sweating outside really bc it was chilly here in Montreal a few days ago) but then I developed a sore throat. So how do you dress up to go jog/run without overheating yourselves and not under dressing yourselves?

Just wanted to thank you all for your inspiration!!! :) Thanks for inspiring me to 1. start walking faster and now, 2. start jogging. I hope that in the spring I'll be ready to start running :)

- Michelle :)

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PLIDC1 12/9/2013 3:04PM

    Hello! Have you heard of Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone? She has DVDs that lead the viewer in a walking-based fitness program. Use Google to look them up. I really enjoy them, and they will help you enjoy your walking, even in the cold months.
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MARTHAFOCUSED2 11/15/2013 3:25PM


I tried to start running but was quickly winded 3 minutes. LOL.. but.. jogging at a slow pace while keeping my heart rate up and moving.. I last anywhere from 20-60 minutes depending on my energy level.. I think jogging actually burns more calories!


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RAINBOWSTAR13 11/7/2013 5:24PM


I can feel you on the running thing! Every time you do it you can do it a little bit better. Just takes consistency! Keep up the good work :D


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CALLMESALLYG 11/7/2013 4:58PM

    Even though you warm up while on your run, dress appropriately enough to keep you warm, but not too warm. Example, leggings under shorts/yoga pants, long sleeve thinsulate type shirt (bright color to be seen) under a workout shirt and maybe even a light jacket under that. Definitely gloves, although I prefer fingerless or the ones that are fingerless but you can pull the mitten up to cover your fingers and hat, earmuffs or headband to cover your ears. If you go with a warm headband, you can always pull it down around your neck if it gets too warm. Normally for me, if it's 50F or above, I wear shorts and a workout shirt. When it gets to 30-50, I go with yoga pants or leggings and shorts with a long sleeve under my shirt, hat and and gloves. Under 30 and I do leggings under long pants, long sleeve workout shirt, a jacket, hat and gloves. Also be sure to take precaution if you're doing night runs to make sure you're seen. Glowsticks, reflective gear or whatever. :) And yes, I did say when you RUN! I used to think the same thing, but then I did a local 5k here called the Santa Run, everyone's dressed as Santa, and as I was walking though the YMCA, someone looked at me as they said "I feel so out of place amongst all these runners!" And it clicked, as long as I am not walking, I am a runner! It doesn't matter how fast or slow I go! If I am pushing my speed enough to make me no longer at a walk, I am running, and that's what people who see you will think too! So guess what, you may think you're jogging, but everyone else sees you running! :) Way to go!!!

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CERTHIA 11/7/2013 4:18PM

    Good for you! I also just started jogging again recently :)

As for working out when cold; Dress in thin layers, breathing/wicking, warming (if needed), wind-stopping. Wear a turtleneck or use one of those versatile headband-"tubes" as a scarf. And remember gloves and and a hat/cap. Our muscles works much harder when we run than if we walk, even if we aren't going that fast. This is why the heart beats faster.

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LUANN7 11/7/2013 3:48PM

    way to go you are doing well. good luck to you!!

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FLAGLINDA 11/7/2013 12:31PM

    Hi Michelle I just wanted to say congratulations on starting running!! emoticon I don't run so I can really answer your questions. emoticon

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BANANAFANNAH 11/7/2013 12:27PM


I'm not an experienced outside runner, so I can't explain the heartbeating/what to wear, but I just wanted to say WAY TO GO!! I felt the same way when I read about other people going for runs. I wanted to be a runner sooo bad. I slowly built up endurance on the treadmill, and when I could barely go 30 seconds, I can now go a full 10 minutes -- also like you though, at a slooooow pace. Jogging. It's not nearly running. I hope to soon move outside, so if you find out about what to wear, definitely share it here, I'd love to know!


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