02540: Jogging Inertia

I've yet to get around to incorporating jogging into my weekend routine, so Saturdays and Sundays are rest days for the most part. And that makes my Monday morning jog EXTRA fun since my body is still feeling all sluggish from the weekend.

To be fair, every jogging session starts slow. My walk to the park acts as my sort of warm-up activity but it's also when I continually berate myself for not feeling like jogging for the day until I finally start my rounds. And believe me, that walk can feel pretty long and I seem to have quite a lot to say about why I probably don't need to jog for the day and of course precisely why I should still jog. And this goes on over and over again with each passing day.

But things do get better. Despite all my internal grumbling, once I start jogging it becomes a matter of losing myself in the repetition of things. I focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I start counting off the circuits of the park that I make and see if I can manage just one more. When I start to feel tired, I try to focus more on whichever audiobook I'm listening to at the time and see if the story is enough to carry me through another circuit.

I've progressed from walking around the park for an hour to alternating walking and jogging rounds to generally jogging for a steady 30 minutes, which feels like real progress to me. And I've progressed from squeezing in some physical activity 2-3 times a week to 5 times a week during weekdays. And that feels like a lot.

Sometimes when I'm really into it, I start to toy with the idea of trying one of those public fun runs or mini-marathons just for the heck of it. I doubt I'll place to any significant degree, but it might be fun to just finish one, right? RIGHT?

We'll see. For now I'm just doing my best to really burn this into an actual habit. I want to get to a point where I stop questioning whether or not I should jog and just spend more time figuring out when I'm going to jog next, or something along those lines.