Technology as aid to fitness?

Don’t you just love technology? I’m not talking of the type of technology, where your computer crashes and files are lost just before a deadline. I am talking about the type of technology that motivates you.

Like the type of technology that allows me to jog on my treadmill. Actually, contrary to the normal sentiment of jogging in one spot, I quite enjoy it. I am hoping that this isn’t one of those things that you enjoy until the novelty wears off – the treadmill is only a few weeks old. I purchased it because I know that deep down I am a fair-weather jogger. It’s not that I mind jogging in the snow, it’s that I mind jogging in -30˚temperatures; if it ever gets that low.

And, yesterday was the first time I jogged with my “Nike iPod Sport Kit”. You know, that sensor thingy that goes into your running shoe and logs your distance, time and some other things that I haven’t taken the time to figure out yet. It is actually quite motivating with the female voice that notifies you of your progress every five minutes. I bought the runners a year ago, but I haven’t been motivated enough to use them until now. Just think where I’d be now, if I had started this a year ago?

I love technology. I can’t say that I am one of those people that have to go out and buy the latest things as they are released, but yes, I do love technology. And, if technology can help motivate me to a fitter me, then I’m all for it.

Always good to check the weather before you go

I woke up at about 6:00 a.m. yesterday and decided I was going to go jogging right away. After I got dressed, I opened the door and was met by this awful mixture of rain, snow and wind. I immediately turned around and went jogging on my treadmill. I couldn’t believe that snow had already fallen. (And, it is still here.) I am not ready for winter yet. What happened to climate warming? I don’t see any evidence of it here. If anything, what I have experienced over this past summer and fall is climate cooling. (No, I don’t really wish for the warming of the planet. I just want to experience decent summer and fall seasons.)

Up to this point, I have done most of my jogging outdoors. I can see that’s about to change fairly quickly. In preparation for the Torch Relay I will be occasionally jogging outdoors just to acclimatize to the weather. Personally, I think people shouldn’t have to acclimatize to weather. It’s like when your mom told you that eating liver is an “acquired taste”. Why would I possibly want to acquire the taste of an organ? It’s the garburator of the human body. Yuck is all I can say.

Setting mini goals

Today was a jog day and it went pretty good. I go jogging three times a week. I was stoked this morning because I reached a small goal I had set for myself. Aside from being able to run once around a track without killing myself, my other lofty goal was to reach 169 pounds. Why 169? Because it meant that I was finally out of the 170s. I had started this journey at 174 pounds, so I not only reached my goal, but I had also managed to lose five pounds in the process. Yaay for me! My new mini-goal is now 165.

I was thinking this morning, as I was heading out the door, that not only do I need to run 400 metres, but I also have to carry a torch while running, and try not to set myself on fire in the process. Now, they say the torch weighs 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds), which I guess is about equivalent to a 1.5-litre bottle of water. I had thought that for training purposes, short of purchasing hand weights, I could carry a 2-litre bottle of water held upside-down. Then I thought better of it. Running around my neighbourhood holding a pop bottle may look a little weird and incite traffic accidents. It’s a good thing I have a treadmill… hmmm… maybe I can set new goals and start out with a pop can and work my way up.

We must walk before we can run

I don’t know who said “we must walk before we can run”, but literally speaking I can relate. I started this blog because I have just started jogging about two weeks ago (again after a long hiatus) and I have already experienced debates in my head about why I should or should not go jogging today, hence the blog name. I admit that every time I return from my jog I feel great, so I don’t really understand where this lack of motivation comes from. I have read that many runners suggest keeping a running journal as an aid in motivation. My past experiences with journal keeping have not been very good, so I am hoping I will fare better keeping a runner’s journal in a blog format. As I am fairly new to this sport (blogging or jogging), I need all the help I can get. Anyway, at this point I am not sure if I will just write my random thoughts or include the weather, my mileage, and periodic weight shifts, which I know are looming around the corner.

Two weeks ago when this all began, my motivation level was extremely high because I was picked to carry the Olympic torch. Talk about lighting a fire under my butt. Anyway, I had entered my name months ago and I had forgotten about it. So when I received a confirmation e-mail from the Torch Relay people, I couldn’t believe it. I was thrilled and excited at the honour… and then fear crept in. Me? Carry the Torch? The Olympic Torch? As if there were some other torch that I could run around with without being arrested. My trepidation only deepened as I further read the e-mail. The confirmation form asked if I was going to run or walk. I did not want to do something as amazing as carry the torch while walking; it seemed like I would be somehow be offending someone by doing so. (Probably just me.) I was hesitant to choose the running option, because I in no way shape or form consider myself a runner. That moniker, I thought should be left to the Bruny Surins or the Perdita Feliciens of the world. (Even though Felicien is a hurdler, there is still running involved.) Besides, what I do now is more at the pace of a saunter or a stroll than any semblance of a run… I chose the run option… I am sure I’ll be fine. It’s only 400 metres. What could go wrong?