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Wog a mile in my shoes...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stretched out on the couch, typing this over the offending belly, and thinking, rationally, that this thing was probably, objectively larger a year ago, 16 months ago. Too bad I failed to measure at the outset of the trip.

One of the pre tasks on the BLC21 was a baseline fitness test, just the run of the mill how many crunches/squats/pushups can you do in a minute. Now, I've done the crunches and squats portions of that before, but I just hadn't done a pushup in a long while, probably based on how I've never been able to do many, bad shoulders, whatnot. Surprised myself, in a couple of ways. One, 21 pushups in a minute. Wasn't aware I was capable of that. Curious to try again, but that'll have to wait a couple of days. That flu shot I took yesterday is having its usual effect on my, and I've got a sore shoulder/neck. Maybe best not to compound that, methinks.

The other surprise came from the 1 mile run/walk portion of the pre-task. The gym I go to has a two lane track around the top of the basketball/volleyball/badminto
n/pickleball courts, which measures out at 1/12th of a mile per circuit. After the treadmill experience last week, I decided I'd rather go around that than timing myself on the treadmill, and so I did, jogging for the heck of it for the first time in years. Actually, I started out walking to warm up, and then tried running a bit, making two circuits before slowing back to a walk, and then sticking to that pattern. Ended up doing the mile in 14:03, half walking, half jogging, aka wogging, which, until I looked it up a minute ago, I didn't realize was a real thing.

The surprise was from both the time, which felt slow, as well as the fact that I was able to run. In a way, neither factor should have been a surprise. I usually walk at about a 17 min/mile pace, and adding running in ought to make that faster. And the running part, well, I've been playing ultimate frisbee the last 9 years, there's a little bit of running involved there, so, why the surprise at being able to run 1/6th of a mile at a time? But still, surprise. Given the timing, I'm wondering if I can do a mile run in 11 minutes? I suppose the determining factor would be if I had the stamina to keep jogging for the entire mile, rather than in intervals. Think I might have to try to get there.

Of course, I'm paying for that a couple of days later, sore legs and all. Or maybe that's the squats, or lunges, or the pickleball I played yesterday, or furniture rearrangement. Basically, I'm a ball of sore today. And unlike some of you, I'm no masochist. It doesn't make me eager to do the next workout. But hey, I told myself 10 squats and lunges a day, and 20 minutes of something, anything every day, so...
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    I need to go out and run a mile, just to see how much time it takes. I used to run when I was younger, but the herniated discs make it uncomfortable and a bit scary too! However, after losing 100lbs I should go and test myself. What's the worse that can happen!
    1924 days ago
    Be proud!! that's an amazing accomplishment! LOL @ WOG

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    1925 days ago
    I'm impressed with the 14:03 mile. I would do a happy dance if I broke under 20. So great job! {I initially typed "jog" instead of "job", which I suppose would also have worked.}

    And yeah, I first heard of wogging about 15 years ago on a website I was frequenting then. Your use of it is the first I've heard in years. I always wanted to be able to wog more than 30 seconds of jogging to 3 minutes of walking, but I never could. Maybe you mentioning it was the universe telling me to get back at it.

    Anyway, I'm rambling now. lol Hope the soreness gets gone fast!

    Have a great evening.

    1925 days ago
    Hope the affects of the flu abates soon for you, but good you got it! At least if you get the flu it's less serious.

    1925 days ago
    Haha, just the word wogging makes me giggle.

    Good job though.
    1925 days ago
    The sore does go away and that's when you're ready for more. (It's also important to stretch well after all that kind of activity, something many don't think of when doing them as a "fitness test" rather than a "workout".

    emoticon though, and a great starting point to measure your progress in BLC#21 against!
    1925 days ago
    You got that right! Something is way better than nothing emoticon Being sore does make it rough for the next few days but hey, that just means that you are working hard for what you want! emoticon emoticon for taking the step for a healthy and fitter you!
    1925 days ago
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