THE Jog Blog – 27

Tina’s Jogging Journal Snippet From October 2008:

I hate this.  I really do.  I feel like jogging as much as I feel like having a cold shower.  At least with a cold shower I can still just stand there.

Tina’s Jogging Journal Snippet From May 2011:

After 4 ½ weeks of not being able to jog, I am SO EXCITED TO BE BACK ON THE ROAD!  How I’ve missed it!  I LOVE jogging, it is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, for my life.

Tina’s Word For The Day:

GRATITUDE – there is so much to be grateful for, even in the middle of difficult situations. GRATITUDE keeps your mind POSITIVE when things around you may be negative or stressful.

TRAINING TIPS BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE:

  1. If you have a scheduled workout, but your day is getting busier and busier don’t skip your workout!  Try to fit in even a half hour or a 20 minute quickie. That’s better than skipping it all together.
  2. If you have a short period of time for a workout but you need maximum results try jogging up hills or incorporate speed intervals.  This will increase the workout but still keep it within your limited time frame. Don’t forget to warm up first.
  3. Schedule your workouts just like you would a doctor’s appointment or parent/teacher interview. It’s important and needs to be honored.

WHAT I’VE TRIED THAT DOESN’T WORK:

  1. Skipping workouts without being accountable.  Those skipped workouts turned into a few days, which was then a week or two.  Once I incorporated even a quick workout that helped me HONOR MY COMMITMENT TO mySELF.
  2. Jogging at night.  It doesn’t work for me. I haven’t been able to find the balance between eating food all day and when to run at night. It upsets my stomach.  I must make time in the morning or it doesn’t get done.
  3. Not keeping track of when I work out.  If I don’t write it down on a calendar or in my journal I lose track of the last time I jogged.  Life gets busy and next thing you know, days or weeks have gone by. 

Due to LISTENING to my body and RESTING for over 4 weeks, I am very slowly and gently getting back into jogging.  YAY! To ease back into it, I am walking for five minutes and jogging for anywhere between one and three minutes.  I am paying careful attention to how my shin is reacting to the increased activity.  So far, so good.  I’m filled with GRATITUDE that my body is responding well to the rest.

Have a fantastic weekend.  Get some fresh air, give someone a hug and ask for help if you need it.  Remember: SELF care is not selfish! 

See you on Tuesday!

With a smile,

Tina

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