Thomas Jefferson once said, “If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.”
Clearly, Jefferson was not a jogger.
We all know how important it is to keep our bodies in good, working order. It is no big secret that we should exercise and eat right. The problem is actually doing it. One of my goals for 2011 was to get in better shape. Not NFL defensive back good shape – just better shape than the average 40 year old.
A few weeks ago, my wife came across the Couch to 5K program, which is basically a plan to get you from zero exercise to running a 5K in about 9 weeks. Each week is planned for you, with a series of alternating runs and walks. Nine weeks – was she mad?? I was never a distance runner. I could sprint with the best of them – but ask me to run more than a mile and I would generally find a reason not to do it. However, if there is one thing I love – almost to a fault – it is a challenge, so I decided to join her.
Prior to our first run, I had to map out our route through the neighborhood, so I reset the trip counter on my car and drove two miles around the neighboring streets. I knew when I was out of breath from the drive that the next morning’s run was going to be tough. I assumed that I would collapse from exhaustion about a third of the way to the mailbox. As you can see, I actually made it almost half way!
The crazy thing was, I actually managed to complete the first day’s workout -which was mostly walking, with a few minutes of jogging mixed in. Of course, it got harder the next week. Still, I managed to survive.
I’m now about to start week 4 – hard to believe! When I ran a couple of days ago I was absolutely exhausted afterwards, but I look back at the week 1 routine and think, “wow- that was so easy.” It seems hard to believe, but when I reach week 8, I will probably look back at week 3 and laugh.
Like most things in life, its just a matter of setting a goal and slowly adding to it. A whole bunch of small successes can add up to a really big one!
Here is where YOU come in. I’m at the part where a good majority of the people start to drop out of the program. Leave a comment every so often and make sure I’m still going. A little peer pressure never hurt!