Monday, July 18, 2011

My new passtime

I've recently decided to take up jogging.

It's a great way to spend more energy and it makes me feel good once I finished it.

Of course, I am using the term "jogging" rather loosely. I'm currently walking more than I am jogging, but I'm following a plan that I found on the Internet, and apparently I'll be running in about eight weeks.

For now, I'm doing three sequences of 6 mins walking and 1 min jogging. I'll do it two more times this week. Next week it will be 5 mins walking and 2 jogging. And so on.

I think it's a great way to start, easing my way into it and building my strength and stamina. Much better than hurting myself in the attempt and not running again for months.

Also, it's worth mentioning that I'm doing a lot more exercise by this run/walk method than when I was running and quitting too soon afterwards.

So, who else took up running? How did you start? How are you doing?


Jennifer Shirk said...

Misha, that's how I started running too! Then eventually I would try running a quarter or half mile and then every few days try to increase a quarter. I eventually ran a 5K for charity.
I haven't ran in about a year since I started doing p90x, but I'd liked to get back into it. I didn't feel great while doing it but afterwards I did feel awesome. :-)

C. N. Nevets said...

Good luck! I've had a couple friends follow a plan like that it worked out well for them. My brother is now giving it a go.

My legs, alas, ain't built for joggin'.

Suze said...

I've been running since I was eighteen, I am now thirty-seven. Now, I run/walk-- because I had a period where I left it for a few years and I weigh more, now, am older and simply quite enjoy walking.

Find your pace, go with it. If you stick with it, your pace will quicken as you get leaner and increase your cardiovascular capacity. That's how it goes. :)

Joanne said...

I did this passed winter....see the word "did"? I stopped but I need to start again. Thanks for the push I need some inspiration.
Blessings, Joanne

Catherine Ensley said...

I took up jogging at 57 and discovered I do actually have athletic abilities. ;) I love jogging, however my free time is extremely limited, and so it's always a choice: jog? or write? I recently finished my manuscript and am on fire to get back what I lost. I felt so healthy, and weighed about 30 pounds less. Jogging is really a wonderful thing to do ... and yes, it takes a couple of dedicated months of working at it, but you will be amazed at what you can do. Consider getting a heart rate monitor watch with a built-in trainer. I have a Polar F11 that I swear by.

anthony stemke said...

When I took up running, I started slow, block after block. Then a mile, jogging slowly. Then I entered those 5K races on the weekends. Then a 10K race.
But I must say, running per se is not that good for me, unless the slow running is combined with ever increasing intensity. 3 times per week is plenty. The other days should be used for resistance training. You don't have to knock yourself out, just get and stay fit.
Regardless, I wish you the best, no matter what regimen you are pursueing.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

WTG! I'm not a runner, but I had built up to running 3/4ths of a mile at once using the method you talked about. Keep up the good work!

Caitlin said...

That's awesome! And a really great way to ease into jogging. I used to jog into high school but, well, it's been a while for me. Good luck, hope it goes well!