Run Away!I started jogging when one of my friends decided he needed to start exercising but didn't want to go alone. He all but dragged me kicking and screaming to the campus gym. I hate exercise. I hate being sweaty. I hate being out of breath. I was just going for support, really.
As it turned out, I really enjoyed jogging on the treadmill everyday. I found a treadmill schedule online so my friend and I could have some organization. We started the first week walking for 30 minutes, then walking 4.5 minutes, jogging .5 minutes for a week, then walking 4 minutes, jogging 1 minute the next week and so forth until we would eventually jog the entire 30 minutes. I was doing pretty good until summertime rolled around last year. I won't jog outdoors because the weather here gets over 100 degrees and the humidity is so heavy you can't breathe sometimes. Unless I took enough summer courses, I wasn't allowed back in the school's gym without paying a fee, and I wasn't about to do that so I ended up quitting my treadmill routine for a couple of months. When I came back, I found that I couldn't go at the same pace I was at before summer. I became frustrated at not being able to pick up where I left off so I acted like a child and quit.
I just installed a treadmill into my apartment. Part of it is because I genuinely do like the exercise. Part of it is because my affair partner is an active person and his wife regularly started running last year so they give me motivation to better myself, albeit for not-so-good reasons. I told him I like to run so I would seem less pathetic and couch-potato-like but it was a lie. I figured it would be a good idea to turn that statement into something truthful.
Right now my interval is 3 1/2 - 4 minutes walking, 1 1/2 - 1 minute jogging. Sometimes that treadmill can feel miserable when I really have to push through some of those minute/minute and a half sections but overall it feels good. Knowing that I'm getting into better shape again, the endorphin release, the movement of my muscles, the cold shower afterwards.
Picking back up on jogging is probably one of the few good decisions I've made about my life since graduating.