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Wonderful (if relatively minor) news [Feb. 10th, 2012|06:48 pm]
Per my treadmill, I can now jog for 5 miles an hour for 20 minutes, the day after jogging for 5 miles an hour, 4 minutes at a time.

Twenty minutes is *huge*, because that's what "they" say you need for increases in aerobic fitness - 20 minutes, at least three times a week. I've also had trainers counsel me that one can increase one's time by 10% each week - and 20 to 22 minutes feels like a meaningful jump.

And part of me is saying "you know, 5 miles an hour - that's a *slow jog*, at best.

But you know something? I've been working hard, since last June, to get my heart stronger and be able to run. Anything that takes a dedicated person 8 months to accomplish is a big deal. Yeah, I haven't brought about world peace or fed the hungry or prevented some poor, put upon church from having to buy an insurance policy that would indirectly allow a woman to use contraception if she chooses to do so - but it's still *big*, for me.

(And, no side effects as near as I can tell - I'm not tired, or super-sweaty, or exercise-headache-y. I do have a headache - I think that's an incipient cold.)

Of course, my next step is going to be testing out 3 minutes on/1.5 minutes off at 5.1, then 5.2, etc., MPH instead of doing steady 5mph jogs. My mid-term goal was 3 miles in 30 minutes, and I finally feel like I'm closing in on it.

Oh, and one for the "don't make the mistakes I make (make some new ones, at least)" file:

Any time you're working on a treadmill, and you find that the treadmill is, in any way, driving *you*, it's time to slow down, immediately. I've got a twinge in my shin, near my calf, from ignoring that advice.

[User Picture]From: laurarey
2012-02-11 02:54 am (UTC)
That is totally impressive. Good for you!
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[User Picture]From: wcg
2012-02-11 03:22 am (UTC)
FWIW, I ran two miles in just under 20 minutes on Wednesday night. You're not that far behind me.
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[User Picture]From: grey_lady
2012-02-11 08:09 am (UTC)
Definitely impressed by the work you've put into this. Well done!
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[User Picture]From: ftemery
2012-02-11 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah a 12 minute miile is nothing to scoff at. Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: hopeevey
2012-02-11 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! Good for you - that /is/ a big deal :)
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[User Picture]From: kathrynt
2012-02-11 07:09 pm (UTC)
I jog at FOUR miles per hour. 5 is my dream. And I can only do it for 3-5 minutes at a time.
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