TIN SWIFT Blog Tour
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Over the last couple stress and deadline-filled years, I gave up on exercise. It was a stupid choice, but something had to give, and that’s what I let go of so I could pour my efforts into other things. This year, I was finally in a good space (mentally, emotionally, physically, etc.) to try new ways to introduce exercise back into my life.
I decided to try jogging. I think I’ve always wanted to be a runner but had no idea how to start, and always felt a little silly (and sore) when I attempted it. So I asked around online and several people suggested I give the Couch to 5K a shot. After finding some free music on Podrunner: Intervals I could download–music set to the beats per minute I should be walking/jogging for the program–I got on the treadmill and started off.
I made it through week 5 out of 9, and then LIFE happened. I reluctantly (maybe even a little sulkily) stopped the program. Over the next couple months I’d get on the treadmill, maybe once a week, but it was clear my exercise mojo was gone.
Luckily for me, my sister asked if we could start up our twice-weekly walks around the neighborhood again. Knowing she’d be by the house to go walking two days a week helped rebuild my mojo and confidence. I eventually mentioned the jogging program. She had always told me she *hates* jogging, but she was willing to give it a try. At the same time, my husband who has been attending a martial arts class for over a year, decided he wanted to put some cardio into his work out. He wondered if the Couch to 5K might be a good way to do it.
Now that I have two jogging buddies, my mojo is finally back! I am not fast, the jogging is not easy (will it ever be? I don’t know) but I am happy to be moving again and to be accomplishing something that keeps me healthy. I feel proud of myself for doing it, and as an added bonus, it gives me the chance to spend a little extra time with two people I love.