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burtsr7 06-30-2013 12:02 AM

Finally succeeding in cardio...so proud of myself!
 
I've always HATED cardio, always preferred weight lifting. I've always tried to start jogging but after a week or two I realize how much I hate it and how much it makes my joints hurt and I've given up.

A few months ago I decided to join Army ROTC while doing graduate school and I realized that there are 3 PT sessions a week (jogging intensive) and the PT test is a 2 mile run. Finally I forced myself to get going. Let me remind you I have NEVER jogged a full mile in my life, I've always walked part of the way.

The first three weeks were tough, my joints hurt (my legs never did, I have very strong legs from horseback riding) and my lungs burned, so every week I upped my jog sets by 15 seconds until I was jogging 1.5 minutes and walking 1.5 minutes (for a total of 2.8 miles). This went on for about 4 weeks and I hated every minute of it.

Finally, last week I realized I only have 7 weeks left before the PT test and I thought "why not try a 1/4 a mile?" sure...that's a whole extra minute than I'm used to, but let's just see. Well for two days I managed 1/4 mile with 1.5 minute breaks repeated 8 times! I was feeling so darn proud of myself I decided to increase my distance to 1/2 a mile....and I repeated it 3 times!!!

I feel so shameless for posting this on here, but I just am soooo proud of myself. I never thought I was capable of jogging 1.5 miles with only 2 breaks! If I did this in four weeks, I can't wait to see what I can accomplish in 6 more weeks! And after today's 'jog' I didn't feel like I was choking on slobber or was going to throw up (part of the reason I hated cardio..I always felt disgusting after). I feel energized and glowing with pride! With that being said, I still hated the actual process of jogging, but this after-effect is so worth it!

It's amazing how the human body is capable of so much more than we ever think, if you just push through it!

Sorry again for this shameless post, I just couldn't contain myself! If anyone has any tips on how to comfortably get from the 1/2 mile to 2+ miles I'd greatly appreciate it...I'm a complete novice and could always use advice as well. :)

ahappieru 06-30-2013 12:05 PM

Your success story gives motivation to others. You should be proud of yourself. Great Job

Freshman30 06-30-2013 01:53 PM

That's wonderful! Jogging only gets easier with practice!

RenewedSoul 06-30-2013 02:40 PM

That is great Burtsr7! Great job. After I reach my halfway point of weight loss, I plan on adding a goal of jogging. Eventually, I would love to start running everyday. Small steps/goals to obtain the ultimate goal is a great way to be successful. Thanks for the inspirational post. :)

sw07 06-30-2013 04:08 PM

That's awesome! I also used to hate running but slowly started to build up my mileage and it got easier. I ran a full marathon last year and I thought I would never do such a thing, but I did it.
Just keep at it, I find the first 2 miles can be a lil rough until the body warms up and it gets easier from there (well, sort of..)
Currently I've been running on trails along the river and running on the street is way too boring for me,I'll occasionally hit up the tredmill, but once again, way too boring.

Once you feel confident with running 3 miles, enter a 5k race- that's how I got started, racing is a lot of fun and addictive.

Good luck & Congrats!

eumar83 07-03-2013 10:46 PM

hiiii
success story is a good success !
lose weight fast is a problem
with exercise and motivation you can fast fit

wowgirl88 07-04-2013 08:24 AM

Hi burtsr7! Congrats on achieving that! I enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force last November and had fitness issues the entire time through recruit training. The most important thing I found was simply stick with it.
Keep pushing yourself.
I also hate running, but I'm currently nursing a knee injury, and cursing it, because I really want to start running - ironically, because I hate it!
Just keep with it and you'll see the benefits. Good luck with it all, and do let us know how you get on! :)

redheaded_bitch 08-03-2013 07:39 PM

You Deserve to Brag!!!
 
You're doing awesome and you're going about it exactly right! Just keep going! Slowly -- very slowly -- jog more and walk less. Especially because you mentioned your joints hurt, it is important to take it slow. Your body needs time to adapt or you will injure yourself, which will set you back (I learned this the hard way).

When I first started I mostly walked, I could only jog for a minute or two at a time, and I didn't like it much either. It was just so painful and hard! Everything hurt. A whole mile would've been out of the question. But slowly I started being able to jog for longer, and needed less time walking between bursts of jogging. At some point I started being able to jog a half mile. Then 3/4 mile. Then a whole mile, and... you get the picture!

Now I run 6-8 miles a day, 5-6 days a week, and I actually enjoy it. If I don't run my legs start to feel like they are just itching to stretch out. I can even do long runs of 10-14 miles if I have the time.

Just... keep... going!

norsi89 08-07-2013 10:25 AM

Congrats! That sounds great!


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