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Monday, 24 February 2014

Running Rosie - The Journey Begins


History of Rosie Running
In my lst year at uni, my housemate and I tried very hard. We bought new jogging leggings, little Ipod wristbands and spent an age writing up a colour training plan. So when our alarms went off at 6am I shuffled down the corridor in my duvet, knocked, grunted, she grunted back and we didn't re-emerge from our beds till gone 10. Day 2 came, and still full of guilt from our failed attempt the day before we begrudgingly kitted up at the crack of dawn and headed (in a walking manner) to campus. We picked the most secluded field we could find reckoning we could easily run round it a few times. Pah!! Half way round we were dying. Feeling defeated and had to comfort ourselves with a fried breakfast. 
Day 3,4,5,6 never existed.

The Plan
As of today all this is to change. I intend to address the so far untouched potion of my Gap Year 50 and become someone who actually enjoys a bit of a jog.I think the above section has concluded that I cannot run at an early time in the morning. So this time, it's all about the evening. I also figured that by blogging my progress I will be ashamed of myself if I give up. 

The First Run
As my parents went away I decided it would be the ideal time for Run #1. No people to laugh and snear as I return red faced and dying. I kitted up, got my playlist on the go and off I went on my preplanned 2km route. It was quite embarrasing really. I jogged to the end of my road so my neighbours would think I am super fit superwoman, walked to for ages before I reached the main road then ran a bit more (dying at this point!) to look like superfit superwoman in front of the cars. I was then able to speed walk through the woods before I broke into a now pained jog back up my mountain of a road to fool the neighbours into thinking I had just done a mammoth work out. 

So... there is still a lot of work to do. My aim is to be able to jog my little 2km loop all in one go :)

Do you jog? How do you do it?

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11 comments:

  1. HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I have been known to do this, I just can't bear people seeing me struggling so I always make sure I do an over enthusiastic gazelle like leaps when people are looking then secretly die round the corner!

    The key is to build up to it, you tried Couch to 5K?

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    1. Haven't heard of this till you said and have now downloaded ready to go! I think maybe it's better to follow a plan than just go for it (and fail!) like I did. Thanks! x

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  2. I started running two years ago with the Couch to 5k programme (I definitely recommend this) and at the end of the programme signed up to and completed a 5k 'fun' run. Last year I stepped up to 10k and managed a 10k run by the end of the summer. I still hate running though, I have to force myself to go and I rarely go out in winter when it's cold and wet. I think you'll love running or you won't, but the sense of accomplishment is amazing.

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    1. Have downloaded said programme and will definitely be using it next time!I'm looking forward to being able to run distances like you! x

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  3. For the love of Jessica Fletcher don't be trying to run in Torbaydos, think of the hills!!
    The 'run when people can see you and hyperventilate when round the corner' technique is tried and tested. You'll be marathoning in no time!
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. It's all ok on the downhill stretch, it's the uphill bit that sucks! The Torbaydos hills are the reason my bike has sat firmly in my garage this year too! x

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  4. My BF and I actually started to jog last year around Nov time, big mistake, it quickly got old and we were deterred from the running. I want to start again because it was really really enjoyable to do. I think the key to my success is the begin in the warmer weather and then when the cold weather hits I'll already be in love with running, that's the plan. I think I will be better at early morning running though, because I like to do everything at the same time.

    ~ K
    bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be

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    1. I agree with the summer thing, cold weather (and wet weather!) jogging isn't too enjoyable! x

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  5. We started the NHS Couch to 5K last year, I love that it's easy to follow and quite motivating but I think we got to week 3 before other things (ie. life) started getting in the way and then it was all too easy to think of excuses why we couldn't run.
    Good luck for doing it though! :-) x

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    1. Seems like couch to 5K is the way I am going to be going, though I will be lucky yo get to week 3 I think! x

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  6. I was sharing a flat in Stockbridge and had only been living there a very short while when I decided to go running for the first time. After about 4 minutes I was sore and ready to head home. The only thing that made me plod on a little longer was the shame I would feel when I walked through the door. And the ribbing that I would take. I jog about 3 times a week now. It keeps me in the pencil skirts I wear to work and allows me to eat crisps (almost) guilt free. I was surprised by how quickly it got easier when I stuck with it. It's not always enjoyable but I always think that a bad run is better than no run at all.

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