Joggin 3 Mile Island - Chasing the Rabbit  

rm_GrayBear818 69M
68 posts
7/30/2006 2:55 pm

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Joggin 3 Mile Island - Chasing the Rabbit

I started jogging recently: more health, better body, better times on the dance floor and off.

Today is day#10, so I'm sorta getting in the groove, but I'm still in my (slow) rampup phase. I do 3 laps around my neighborhood block which makes 1.5 miles. It's getting easier, and after the first half lap, it's a nice workout, most days.

I have an e-friend who's also jogs. She does a 45 minute 4.8 mile workout on her treadmill and is sorry when whe has to quit. We've been trading jogging tales. Her latest was total encouragement - build it up slowly, add 200 yards each week, it feels so great when you find the zone and the endorphis kick in. I'll love it when I can make it last longer.. Just stretch well, wear good shoes and just do it..

I've been stretching well before and after, but still have to watch my left groin muscle - its always tight.. before/during/after but I'm getting better at managing it. Day#2 in the evening I thought I had pulled it on the dance floor, because I hadn't noticed it during jogging. Day#3 I figured it out. Partly it comes from my jogging style - I try to be smooth and quiet (except for breathing/panting), which means more hip rolling and smooth knees. I don't have a lot of tread on my shoes, but I don't pronate much and I don't feel the jarring from the sidewalk, so I think I'm doing OK.

I've been consciously avoiding timing or measuring the distance - I didn't want the workout to become a competitive performance issue. I just want the exercise and I just want to do it well. So I've been working on running easier, keeping my weight forward during my stride, moving from a slow jog to an easy trot.. that sort of thing.

Well, I kept thinking about what she said about adding distance while I was out this morning. When I finished my 3 laps I had plenty of reserve so I added two houses and was heading back to my marker post, when a gal jogger passes at the end of my street. I'm headed in her direction, she's got about 75 yards on me, and I think, maybe I'll just follow and see where it goes.

She's running about my speed, by the time I reach the corner and make the turn, she's a few yards closer than when I set out. When she get's to next major street, she heads north. This is maybe still in scope for me. The next light and back would be an OK circuit, even if I have to walk back, it's only an extra mile or so. At the light she crosses continuing north. By this point I'm mixing jogging and walking and seeing her fade in the distance, but I'm in for the chase or ride or whatever and keep going - fast walk or jog when I can. This isn't a competiton or emergency so I'm not pushing it, but I don't want to loose her entirely. When she makes a left (west) at the next light, I'm a good two blocks back and I know she's opening the gap as we go. I reach the light and she's gone from sight. Probably went south at the next residential through street. I often drive this route home, so I know the neighborhood. The street has a lot of curves and turn offs on it so I know I won't find her. But I know where I'm going am doing OK. I jog and walk over to the street and head home.

It's like being on an island. It's been over 3 miles since I started and there's at least a mile and a quarter to go, before I finish the island circuit and am home again. Heading home is easier. It's really a jogger's paradise run - nice day, light back breeze and just a little down hill. It's hard to let all that easy distance waste just walking it out. I jog about a third and walk the rest. I finish jogging 2 blocks and walking 2 blocks at the end, feel tired and ready for a shower.

The funny part is, I can almost remember, during my first three regular laps while I was thinking about her 45 minute 4.8 mile routine - I was thinking what I need is motivation, a reason to keep going, something I can keep in front of me to make a longer jog worthwhile.

On hard days I do that - visualize someone I want to be with, a mirage in front of me, always receding, always nice to think you're getting closer to but not quite, just keep up the trot, take it easy, go with the vision. Feel the sweat draining off my body, imagine it dripping off hers, naked, tantalizing just beyond my grasp. Think about striding, keeping up the pace and the breathing. In and out, in and out, like love, feeling it between us, stroke after stroke. Keep the cycle, don't break the rhythm, keep it pumpin, keep the pace, keep the pace. It really makes the blocks slide by when you have a mantra.

Anyway, I can almost remember thinking what I need is someone to run for, and then out of nowhere at the end of my regular workout, there's this rabbit winking at the hound...

So that's my 3 Mile Island story. Thought you would be amused.


rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
7/30/2006 7:28 pm

You are doing great Gray!

I will share with you the instructions that I have been given and that I follow. I'm in the gym 3x a week for lifting workouts with
weights. Every other day of the week I am supposed to do 45 minutes on the treadmill in the morning ...first thing...on an empty stomach. Then I eat. I eat at 8, 11, 2, 5, and 8:00 ideally....every three hours...and the goal is to drink a gallon of water a day. That is the hardest for me....the water.

The cardio is key..so I am told...and I can really feel the difference. Stay with it...you will too. I've been at it now for 7 months... have no intention of letting up!

Keep up the good work!!! Your heart will love you for it!


Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...
{=}


rm_GrayBear818 69M
103 posts
7/30/2006 11:24 pm

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm fairly close to this schedule anyway. Jog before breakfast (gotta beat the heat here in LA), which is about 40 minutes of cardio, chug water throughout the day, but I'm still way short of a gallon, 1/2 is more truthful, big fruit low-starch breakfast, large salad with meat and some carbs around 4p, maybe a veg/fruit snack at midnight when I get back from dancing. I'm going to add some things back into the diet, now that I've reached my weight goals. Took me a week to kick the last pound, but the first 15 were easy. I'm feeling great. Hope I can keep it up...


rm_Jezdatip 64F
1335 posts
8/16/2006 11:22 pm

I admire you for your perserverence..What great incentives you mentioned.. Indulging in sultry visions of bouncing rears as you push your endurance to the limit.. whatever motivates you to make it those extra yards..How many pounds did you challenge with your diet, dancing and jogging??


rm_GrayBear818 69M
103 posts
8/18/2006 5:43 pm

Jez - No big numbers involved here - 20# max 5/9 160 down to 140. I was already in fair shape. Just wanted to be better, lose the roll around the belt line and get back into the jeans I used to wear. I'm just under 140 now. Friends have said I'm looking a little lean, so I'm carbing up and stopping the slippage, doing light calesthetics to add a little ab/upperbody strength.

I have gotten nowhere with trying to drink a gallon/day. 1/2 max.

I'm going to hold my jog distance to 2 miles, sorta watch the time, but mostly do it for myself, just for the exercise. One of the jogging chants I use as I put down left, right, left, right, trying to keep going, keep stride, keep focus..is 'You drive the clock, you drive the clock'. Don't want to get caught up in trying to beat yesterday's time or anyone eles's. I'm doing 11 minute miles - an easy lope - and that's just fine with me.


rm_Jezdatip 64F
1335 posts
8/20/2006 12:26 am

Keep up the chanting and Whatever else makes it easier for you to go the distance..Congratulations, on your 20# leap towards a BETTER you..


rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
8/20/2006 7:02 pm

applauding you on..........

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...
{=}


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