Yep. I’ve decided. I used to call myself a ‘Slogger’, which was my word for the way I run. Not run really. It’s a slow jog. A very slog jog. More like a shuffle really. And ‘slog’ just feels like what it probably looks like. In fact the average person that happens to see me as I trudge along would probably think something like – ‘well isn’t she motivated – just slogging along like that’.
But in all honesty, I don’t slog anymore. I Wog. My new word for what I do. I Walk/Jog.
I went wogging on Wednesday. For the first time in exactly 14 weeks. Now for those who know me, you know that that is a VERY long time for me to go without intentionally exercising. But it happened. I’m not happy about it, but it’s a reality. So just move on, right? But the consequences? Those come with regret.
Another one of my realities (not whining here, just facing the facts) is that I need to exercise regularly to simply maintain my weight. Losing weight takes more drastic measures then a 3 mile wog 5 or 6 times/week. So combining my exercise hiatus with
eating being in the US, we’re looking at 15 pounds. And believe me, they can be clearly seen. Add that to the fact that I should have actually been losing 15 pounds, and you get – well, you can do the math.
So, that’s where I am right now. Thus, the wogging. And why do I wog? I think it’s because I can’t or won’t jog for long distances. Especially uphill. I walk up hills. I’d rather do burpees than jog UPhill.
And believe me this is much steeper than it looks!
Despite the heat in Niger I have a pretty nice place to wog. It also happens to be where my mom and dad in-law live. Here’s my ‘track’.
This is the top of my ‘track’. It’s kind of like a teardrop. I walk up the hill on the right, to where I’m standing taking this picture, then I begin my ‘slog’ down the hill on the left.
From the tip of the teardrop and around, it’s ¼ mile.
I knew I was out of shape, but I had no idea how bad it really was. I started off at a walk, to warm up don’t ya know. I walked up that hill and Oh. My. GOSH! I began to wonder if that’s what it felt like to sprint a marathon. Now the fact that it was 130 degrees (ok, so it was only 97) might have had something to do with it, but man were my muscles screaming! It was quite pathetic really. When I get to the downhill side of the teardrop I jog. When I picked up my pace, I kept turning around, wondering what was back there. Until I sadly realized it was just me. The extra 15 pounds of me. Ugh!!
My goal was to wog between 30 and 45 minutes for starters. After I felt I had been going for a good long while, getting pretty close to my goal, I allowed a quick glance at the time. Lord have mercy it had only been 12 minutes. TWELVE MISERABLE MINUTES! Why is it when I allow myself 15 minutes to look at Facebook, then I guesstimate my time, 30 minutes have actually passed?
So I wogged on. And on. I was trying to keep track of my laps, but I think I lost track. I walked for about ⅓ of each lap, then jogged the rest. When I finished what was either my 11th (2 ¾ mile) or 12th (3 mile) lap, I looked again at the time. 42 minutes. That meant I had to go one more lap. To make the 45 minute goal. Which I exceeded. =) And whereafter I felt like I had completed an Iron Man competition. And I looked like it too. Ask anyone who saw me. I was redder than my friend Patty’s very red and very beautiful homegrown tomatoes. Yep. I actually let people see me looking like that. I was even going to take a picture and show it here, but I forgot.
Instead, I’ll include this one of the last time I ran 14 weeks ago. I remember my last run because we were in Georgia, and I took a picture because Tobi ran with me. That doesn’t happen very often.
This right here is a scary photo!
So, in spite of the heat, and in spite of my screaming muscles and my red face, I will continue to wog along. And go from there.