I'm short. I'm still on my weight loss journey. And I hate jogging.
But, jogging is one of those things that I've always wanted to do and could never quite muster up the energy to do well.
In high school my dad and I used to run around the lake in Longview. Well, he'd jog, I'd straggle along behind him. He'd encourage me ("Only a few more steps! You can do it!") and his encouragement only served to annoy me at the time. I remember getting soooo mad at him because he was making me jog.
Of course, he wasn't making me do anything. I chose to go with him on these ventures and when he suggested a jog I chose to put my feet in motion. But at the end of the jogging spurt, when his encouragement became the loudest to push me to the end, I couldn't see past my sweat filled brow, burning legs, and stinging lungs. I only saw red and generally a few expletives escaped from my lips as I finally caught up with him at the end of the jaunt.
For some reason, I had forgotten those jogs and the pure rage I felt at having to work so hard at something that I saw no benefit to. I'm sure it's a case of repressed memories ....
Anyway, as I started losing weight, I started throwing in a little (teensy tiny weensy) bit of jogging to my daily routine. When I say little, I mean that I jogged a block then used the next five or six blocks to recover my breath and brain. The more I've done it though, the easier it's gotten and now I'm jogging two blocks, walking a block, jogging two, walking one, etc.
I was pretty darn proud of my progress ... until I downloaded a little application called C25K for my iPhone. This app is supposed to take me from a couch potato to a 5k runner in 9 weeks.
I did the first day (only the first day!) and just about died. I have no idea how in the world I'm going to keep up with this app for the next 9 weeks.
I do want to keep trucking along though. As much as I hate the pain as I'm going through it, there is something so absolutely liberating about knowing that I did it and CAN do it! It's just one more thing that I've always wanted to do that now I will do.
Granted, I don't think I'll be entering any marathons, but it would be nice to know I could jog without dying and wanting to hurt someone at the end of it.
So, that's my new workout mission over the next couple weeks.
I hope ....