I’m getting ready to start my tenth week of working out and I’m pleased to say that I’m still going pretty strong. Granted, I have wavered a bit in my pursuit of P90X domination but, to be honest, I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did following that program.
While I love the fact that I haven’t mastered the routines yet and there is still a lot of room left to grow into the program [which is a common complaint of mine for practically every other workout DVD I've tried, including Tae Bo. Go ahead and laugh if you must], I just got tired of working out in my house. Here I am, jumping and stretching and cursing Tony Horton while looking outside the window and seeing the sun. The beautiful sun! Oh the photosynthesizing I could be doing! My bones need the vitamin D to stave away those evil rickets!
Something inside started to stir and suddenly I was having thoughts of jogging. Jogging? Excuse me what now? I mean, I am not a fan of the jog. I am well on the record of expressing my dislike of running, often joking how I don’t even run after the ice cream truck. And if I’m going to run after something, it’s definitely going to be ice cream.
So why did I want to jog? No clue so I thought I’d ignore it for a while, test to see if it was a passing phase or something serious. But as I began to grow disinterested in Tony and “the kids,” the call to jogging just grew stronger. So I did what anyone would do: I researched the mess out of it.
I tried jogging before and failed miserably. I was woefully unprepared and just went out and jogged. “What is there to know?” I thought, “Just throw on some sneakers, plug in the iPod and run, right?” Oh, so wrong. So incredibly wrong. I was miserable and after a week, I was a jogging drop out. Jogging is boring. Jogging is not for me. Jogging gives me shin splints. WAH WAH WAH!
Well, did you know its possible to reduce these issues with a little research? I found a jogging program that’s has the potential to having me ready to tackle a 5K in about 2 months. At the moment, it’s more of a jog/walk program but its perfect. Every week I add on a few more seconds to the jogging portion and just go at my own pace. I can repeat a level for another week if I want and I’m actually motivated to go out and jog. And I’m jogging! I even dug out one of my [many] pairs of Nikes that are actually, and ironically, running shoes, and they’ve helped eliminate any pain I usually feel when jogging. I even found a few different places to run depending on how I feel and the weather.
And, I look forward to my jogging days. And another thing, I get bummed when I can’t jog. Who knew THAT would ever happen. But I’m glad it has and I’m completely motivated to keep going. I still plan on playing along with Tony and “the kids” a couple days a week, though just the abs and weight training programs. Jogging will be my main source of cardio.
Maybe next year I’ll jog the Bay to Breakers!