Jogging can be quite intimidating when you start off. I have never thought of myself as a jogger. I’ve never enjoyed having to run the mile in PE. I’ve always been athletic but was not given the gift of love for running. But, there is something so intriguing about it. Even though I didn’t love it, it is something I always wanted to get better at.
When I first starting doing CrossFit, I was amazed at how much running was involved. Almost all of our warmups consist of three rounds of a 300m run or a 1000m run. I remember the first day of CrossFit we had to run 200m four times. I was so embarrassed when I couldn’t even finish one 200m run without walking. Let me put that in perspective for you: I could not run half of ONE lap around the track without stopping–and I’m in my 20s! I had to walk it. That was the initial motivation for me to get better at jogging. I was done feeling slow and sluggish.
I immediately got some good running shoes and downloaded Nike+RunClub app on my phone. My favorite running shoe is a pair of ASICS Gel-Nimbus 19’s that I bought from Amazon. Every once in a while I will jog in my NIKE Free RN shoes. The app helped me track how much I was running and listed all the runs I completed throughout the week. The app also has a feature that helps you prepare for a race. I would always start a race prep program and then would end up quitting within the week. This time around is different.
After I began to focus on jogging, I watched a documentary on Netflix called “From Fat to Finish line.” It was about a dozen obese people who changed their lives when they each committed to lose hundreds of pounds together and compete in a 200-mile relay race. The race was called a RAGNAR. Every team member would run between 6-10 miles at a time until the whole team reached the finish line. This movie was so motivating for me. Seeing these women who were much bigger than me shed over 100 pounds and run 8+ miles at a time was jaw-dropping. They had so much fun running that race, too. That documentary kickstarted my desire to start running.
I am determined to get better at jogging. It is definitely a work in progress. I usually try to jog 2-3 times during the week outside of CrossFit. This allows me to get in both CrossFit running and long distance jogging.
When I first started, I thought I could just put my shoes on and start running a mile, but I quickly realized that it was going to be a slow process. I was extremely out of shape, so I started with just walking around the track. From there I would walk for 1 minute and jog for 1 minute. Then I would walk for 2 minutes and jog for 2 minutes. Then I would jog one lap and walk one lap. Jogging that first lap without stopping was a small success for me. Going from not even able to jog 200m without feeling like I was going to pass out was a huge win for my morale. From there I would jog a ½-mile without stopping, then a ¾-mile without stopping, and eventually 1 mile without stopping. I can currently run 1 mile without stopping. It is pretty hard for me. I have not tried to run more than that. The idea is to gradually increase my running time week to week. I will try to run 1.5 miles, and then 2 miles the next week, and so on.
My Jogging Goals for 2018
One of my goals is to run a 5K race this year, something I have never done before. A 5K race might not seem like that much of an accomplishment for most people, but, for me, it’s a huge deal. It’s on my bucket list. Finishing a 5K would feel like such an accomplishment and would definitely be a massive motivation to keep on jogging.
The thing I like about running is feeling like you accomplish something when you wrap a run. Going from not being able to run for 30 seconds without stopping, to running a mile without stopping, makes me proud. Seeing my hard work pay off in the end is so rewarding. It motivates me to get better.