hey everyone...this post was going to be 'the one with the pictures'...but I failed to plan, therefore planned to fail by failing to either recharge my camera's batteries or check the weather forecast. My camera didn't work and halfway into my walk it started to 'sprinkle'. The thing is...I don't mind a little rain, when it's 70 degrees. When it's about 40 degrees, I mind. It starts to 'sprinkle' about a mile from home. So I have a nonfunctioning (new) digital camera (in it's case). I am a notorious tightwad as well. No way I was going to ruin this camera when I have only taken one picture (*see profile photo). I decided my walk back should go a little quicker than my mile out, so I decided to jog. Now, anything over a brisk walk has not been attempted in years, except for about three weeks ago when I was late to a girl scout meeting. I got out of my van and RAN to the front door. I even remarked to my husband later that the running didn't feel awkward, it felt natural...not that i was inclined to repeat the experience, it was just something I noticed....
So, anyway...back to my walk, I picked up and started jogging, and it wasn't the jarring, floppy experience I had feared. It was a nice rolling experience, like my legs were powering me forward. The only part of my that objected was my heart and lungs...who said WTF?!?
But I would say I jogged about .4 of that mile today. I was sweating and heaving after each little bit, but I could almost remember what it felt like to be in first run group in basic. Almost like your flying. I would say fifty pounds from now I will be running that three miles. I also did something pretty big for me. I have cut back to one cup of coffee a day. In all honesty, this should be a post all on it's own. I think I personally have kept at least one columbian bean picker employed lo these many years. Sorry pablo.
Well, looking forward to the day when I 'don't drink coffee' and I run 'for fun'.
Have a great day.


Brightcetera said...

oh it's fun watching someone else grow like this and reach milestones.

congratulations, Chris!

one cup isn't *bad* is it? or would you want more because you've had the one?

KrysTros said...

If you want to start adding a little bit of jogging to your walks, try with just one minute of jogging and five minutes of walking. Add a minute every week. It works! I promise! I am back up to jogging five minutes, walking five minutes during my 30 mins of exercise everyday. It took awhile and your right you want the weight to come off so that you don't kill the knees and ankles. But I am so proud, you did .4 of the mile! Woohoo!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Congratulations on the run. Isn't it amazing that running is natural! And you will be amazed how quickly your endurance will improve.

Sean said...

Congratulations. Jogging that much is an accomplishment. KrysTros brings up a really good point. Add in a few minutes of jogging here and there and before you know it you'll be flying along, not to mention it'll help the weight fly off too.

You brought up a good point in your comment. I think a nice "incline" mark on my face would be a pretty cool weight loss battle scar. And I'm gonna take another crack at 10 minutes next week, at which point I will kick its butt. Thanks again for the support.

Hanlie said...

Wow! I'm impressed. I only really do this on the treadmill (which I haven't been near in months), but it feels great, doesn't it. Well, except for the heart and lungs, but they'll get with the program eventually.

And I am always the first one in line to congratulate anyone who kicks the caffeine. It's just another step towards health. Well done!

InWeighOverMyHead said...

Good job with the jogging! Btw, I need your e-mail in order to send you an invite to my site.


Brenda said...

I'm sure Pablo's fine! hehe!
I'm afraid my knees can't take jogging, and I really don't like to anyway...something about a pain in the side. But then I'm a weenie!