Jog Blog - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

I love running, but it's been hard on my knees for years. I kept telling myself I would lose ten pounds (or 20), work on leg strength, and then start jogging, but I just couldn't wait. I lost a few pounds, gained momentum, and decided - screw it, I'm going to start jogging now. Why wait?

Well, the results have been mixed. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good: The weather in California is beautiful and accommodating, and my favorite park is studded with jasmine and honeysuckle, which is delightful. Also, I made it a mile and a half before my knees, quads, and pretty much everything else started complaining.

The Bad: I've gone jogging twice now, and each time I'm so sore afterward that I have to take 1-2 days off from exercise and several days off before my next jog. I was thinking of joining an SP 5K challenge, but jogging every other day right now is clearly not an option.

The Ugly: I got passed, not by other joggers, but by a lady walking (WALKING) with a stroller. Yes, that happened.

The take-away: Okay, I may have jumped the gun on jogging. I think if I scale it back a bit and keep working toward my goals, I could be ready for a 5K by summer. As I lose weight, jogging won't be so hard on my body. And sometimes a humbling experience can help to put things in perspective. I have a long way to go, but I'm prepared to do the hard work to get what I want.

Hope the rest of you are feeling as motivated as me and finding the humor in your setbacks instead of letting them drag you down!
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    Great blog! Thanks for the chuckle. I can relate with the knees and the jogging. I found that jogging on a rubberized school track really helped with that, but of course it's not ideal in that you have to go after school hours and it's round and round...not exactly the most appealing! But for 5k training purposes, I imagine it would work. Once I couldn't even WALK down the side of a mountain at a healthy weight without a knee flare up, I gave up jogging and switched to the elliptical. Sad day, 0/5 stars, would not recommend! I miss jogging. Keep it up as long as you can!
    742 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    I can't jog. It would hurt more than it would help!!
    1639 days ago
    Definitely a great attitude. I had similar results when I first started jogging again.
    It took about 18 months, but, I'm definitely doing better now.

    I get a bit of an ache in my knee at times and pain in one foot, but, everything else has been okay since I worked up so gradually. I MOSTLY kept my good humor about it. ;)
    1668 days ago
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    I don't jog, I hate it - always have. I was power walking for years and it's quite the workout. I used to power walk with my friend as she jogged and she had to pick up her pace to stay up with me (and I was much heavier than she was). I hope you find your niche with the jogging but if it continues to take out your knees, consider power walking.
    1722 days ago
    I think you found a perfect niche if you enjoy running! I think pleasure helps with motivation. Also, I enjoy your writing. The first paragraph was really pretty.
    1780 days ago
    Great attitude !!
    1833 days ago
  • DYANNE4293
    I started running using the couch to 5k app. It's called C25K
    1837 days ago
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