Its been a week since Ash Wednesday and the self-proclaimed restart of my couch to 5k experience. Having learned last year, if you haven’t been exercising regularly (above and beyond a daily activity routine) you need to start out slowly (i.e. a jogging and wa
lking combination). I was able to get one workout in this past week along with several dog walks.
The temperatures here in the northeastern USA have been brutally cold.
Brody, my short-legged miniature dachshund, is assisting me in easing back into a workout schedule. He is a fast walker and is always trying to pull me along at a faster pace. Why not use that to my advantage, right?
My goal is to be ready to start jogging continuously by the first week of April.
If you’ve read my previous posts on the subject you will remember I’m in the process of ramping up the number of laps I cover on a 400 meter track. My goal is to walk 13 laps (the approximate distance of a 5k run) hence the post title Climbing the ladder. With only 3 workouts in the past 10 days it would seem I have not accomplished very much. But, relationships are as important to your health as physical fitness; an anniversary here, family vacation there and sprinkle in entertaining loved ones. Each engagement can have a positive impact on one’s mental health.
…Oh yeah, about the exercise thing. Those three workouts covered 10, 10 and 11 laps. With each workout I increased the # of 1/2 lap jogs. The 5k fun run is about a month away so it is time for the final push.
Enjoy what is left of this summer. Consider spending some quality time with family and friends to work on your mental health.