Oh yeah, I think I may become an official jogger (insert shocked face here). I had to wait a day to blog because it felt too good to be true. I was afraid it was a one day crazy high, but turns out, this may stay for awhile. Based on some feedback from 2 friends, thanks Ann and Jodi, I combined their advice and tried something new. Paul, the handy dandy stopwatch and I went out for a 3 mile jog/walk. Jodi talked to be about the Jeff Galloway interval training method and Ann talked to me about jogging slow. I took both and started interval training with slow jogging. I start with a 30 second jog, walk for 1:30 seconds, by the middle I was throwing in some 35 seconds of jogging and 1:25 of walking. Sunday, it took me 49 minutes, but not once did I cry, get angry, have foul words come out of my mouth, in fact afterwards, we went for a 6 mile bike ride. I enjoyed it, I liked it, it was . . . FUN! Crazy right?!
I was afraid this was maybe a fluke, so I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it Sunday night. Paul and I went out last night, I had to test this new way of jogging out. This time, we started with 35 second jogging and 1:25 seconds of walking. We threw a few 40 second jogging and 1:20 of walking. In the end I even jogged longer to the finish line because I felt SO good. Once again, I didn’t cry, get angry, and no foul words came out of my mouth. My time last night . . . . 45 minutes. Oh yeah (dancing in my chair)! It felt great, I had to push myself, I had to work on my breathing. The change, it was doable. I was 100% more comfortable then I was during my last 5K. I signed up for another one on Memorial Day with the PriorFatPack gang and I’m hoping I have my new Jeff Galloway interval timer in the mail so I can do intervals during the event.
So what did I learn
1- that yes, I have asthma, and if I don’t deal with it, it kicks my rear end, I must use my inhaler and use it correctly
2- interval training is for me, I love love love it (still can’t believe I’m typing that)
3- it’s okay to jog slow, new motto, jog like no one is watching!
4- be open and willing to take advice from friends and you can tweak it to make it work for you
5- to always double wrap my icky foot, again, admitting and treating my weaknesses
6- to get faster and comfortable with anything, I must be consistent in my efforts (meaning trying something more than once and giving up)
7- that I can be and do anything I’m willing to put the effort in to
Now if I can only get out of the darn 250’s, but it will come, I just need to keep sticking with it. When I do reach 249, I’m going to know it was because I had the courage to be Unstoppable!
Unstoppable "becomming a jogger" Mariah