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!