Twice a week, I volunteer as a music teacher at my children’s school. I often have some time between classes, so in order to get in some exercise in those days, I’ve been taking a walk. There’s a great hill near the school, with an elevation rise of 600 ft. in about 1.4 miles. Definitely gets my heart working hard. The problem is that on the way back down, another 1.4 miles, I can’t get my heart rate up by just walking. So, I’ve started jogging back down most of the hill.
On Christmas day, the gym was closed but I still wanted to get some exercise in to make up for the excess to come. We have the Christmas tree in the middle of the living room, so Zumba on the Xbox is not an option at the moment. So, I decided to try out jogging again. Turns out, I don’t hate it. I think what I really hated was when I was doing the Couch to 5K program, I felt like I had to jog the entire 5K without stopping. Then when I finished the program, I still felt like I had to jog the whole time without stopping. When I went out for my Christmas jog, I let myself switch to a brisk walk when I felt like it. I enjoyed it so much more! I went for another jog/walk today, about 4.5 miles, and enjoyed it again. My husband points out that I never like “have to’s”, and jogging had become a “have to”. Now that it is a “want to” I kind of like it. Don’t know what that says about my personality, but there it is.
I’ve decided that Fridays are my “official” weigh-in day. I’m actually weighing myself every morning, but it goes up and down so much in a week that I’m only actually counting the one on Friday. This morning, even after going camping and not logging over the weekend, I was still down another 2 pounds!
I bought new sneakers yesterday from Road Runner Sports, which is where I had purchased my previous sneakers. They do a full analysis of your foot, and come up with the best sneaker for you, plus a custom insole. They also have a 90-day return policy, even after wearing them that whole time. I jogged my usual 3-mile route this morning, and they felt pretty good, none of the foot or knee pain I had on Wednesday. I’m still not sure jogging is for me, but I’m going to stick with it for awhile and see how it goes.
Took my first jog today after finishing the Couch to 5K program. I hadn’t jogged in about a week because of the camping trip, so I was a bit worried, but I was able to finish the 3 mile jog, and even went a little faster than last time. It was surprisingly nice to jog without someone telling me how much time had passed. I just used MapMyRun to tell me the distance I had jogged, and listened to my own playlist. It was very challenging since it had been awhile since my last jog, but most of the jog I felt pretty good. I am going to try to continue jogging 2 to 3 times per week. I do need to get new shoes, I think mine are starting to wear out. I felt the first bits of pain in my legs and feet that I’ve felt since starting all of this. I’m planning to go to the running store tomorrow and get fitted for a new pair.
I made an amazing pasta sauce tonight, straight from the garden. I have 3 different types of paste (i.e., plum or Roma type) tomatoes in the garden (they are on the right hand side in the photo), and used a few from each type. Also summer squash and basil from the garden, and peppers and spinach from our farm share. Also some onion and garlic, of course. The sauce didn’t photograph well, but here’s a beautiful photo of some of the bounty I have been harvesting lately. I love having a veggie garden, it’s good for my kids to see where food comes from, good for me to get my meditative garden time, and good for the whole family to be eating all of these fresh, delicious vegetables!
So, as I think I mentioned in a previous post, I jog slow. Very very slow. As in, not really faster than a really fast walking pace. And I really don’t care, because I am jogging, which for me is amazing! My current motto, which I saw on Facebook, is “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”
Anyhow, I have been doing this Couch to 5K program, which gets you from jogging in very short intervals, about a minute at a time, to jogging for 30 minutes straight at the end of 9 weeks. Now, I guess for some people that 30 minutes is supposed to have them jogging a 5K. This was not the case for me. In 30 minutes, I was jogging just over 2 miles. Since a 5K is 3 miles, I was falling quite a bit short. I just figured I’d keep doing it past the last week of the program, trying to add a bit of time each jog, and maybe getting a little faster as weeks went by. Maybe. I mapped out a 3 mile route, and was walking the rest of the route after my jog.
This morning, I seriously didn’t want to jog. I’m not sure why. I’m almost done with the program, I’m certainly not giving up now. I was just tired and grumpy, I guess. I dragged my ass out the door and started jogging anyway. Eventually I started feeling a bit better, and into the jog. There were times I actually felt good. Slow, but good. When the little voice in my ear, Mia (from the Chubby Jones Couch25K podcasts) told me I could stop jogging after 30 minutes, I just kept going. I thought to myself I was just going to see how much longer I could go before walking. Then, when I was still going a few blocks later, I though I’d see if I could actually finish the 5K. And I did! I am so proud of myself, and so jazzed. Who cares that it takes me about 50 minutes to jog a 5K–yep, I really am THAT slow–I did it! Go me!