Signing up for a 5k was probably a really good idea, it will give you a sense of structure in your training.
You need to enjoy your runs - which means finding somewhere you enjoy running, or finding music you enjoy running to, or getting addicted to the high you experience after running, or getting addicted to logging your runs in a notebook or electronically and looking back over your diary to see how much you have improved.
I wear a heart rate monitor that hooks up to my computer with a cable, so the computer knows how much effort has gone into my running on any given day and I can check how much I ran in any given week. I'm not always sure of the kilometers of the height metres, but the heart rate monitor knows how long I ran for and how much effort I put into it and seems to calculate calories accurately enough, so it keeps me honest - missed sessions show.
Some of the jogs I enjoyed in the fast few months:
- Jogging through the woods in early morning fog in the autumn, surprising some deer from very close up, standing at the open window in my kitchen afterwards taking in big draughts of the crisp morning air, feeling sunlight on my skin, knowing I'd been outside, enjoying my coffee and feeling alive.
-Jogging along the canal towpath in the winter through virgin snow that dampened all sound so I was just left with black water on my right, the dark green forest to my left and the snowy towpath stretching endlessly ahead of me. (I was seduced into jogging too far and had to catch a train home!)
-Jogging out of the forest and along the edges of the fields into the teeth of a blizzard and arriving home looking like a snowman after half an hour
- Jogging out of the forest down into town and along the river feeling spring rain on my skin.
-Jogging through the forest listening to woodpeckers and assorted other noises that might or might not herald the coming of spring.
You also need to work out where jogging fits into your day and whether it fits in at all given the fitness classes you already have in your schedule. If one activity is scheduled (like a spinning class) and one is unscheduled but somehow supposed to happen (like jogging) it's easy to see why one isn't always happening, especially since it also has to fit around your work schedule, your eating and whoever knows what else.
I need to wait for a while after eating before I'm comfortable jogging, so there are basically three potential slots for a jog in a day: before breakfast, before lunch and before dinner. I'm not enthusiastic about the early one - no point taking a break from my desk before I've even got there - so I go for the middle one in the winter and am now switching over to the later one.
| current weight: 160.0