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I’ve mentioned a few times that I made it a 2013 goal to run/jog 2 miles. So yes, last night I read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running. As tired as I usually am jogging with my sister, it’s actually not that bad. I find I need to shut my mind off more than anything. The struggle I have is that it’s something I’m not used to, but I need that challenge so that I have something to push myself at. Already in the jogs we’ve done since our New Years Revolution Walk I can feel and see a huge improvement and that makes me feel good. Now that I’m improving I have discovered that the more we do these walk/jogs, the more I want to do them. I look forward to the change of getting outside and the accomplished feeling I have after we’re done. So I figured since this is something I’m enjoying, I might as well learn some tips.

Some interesting things I discovered about the benefits of running are mentioned below. All of this is from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Running.

  • Running is a better way to lose weight and keep it off than dieting.
  • You burn the equivalent of 1 pound of body fat for every 35 miles you run.
  • Running can cut your risk of heart disease in half.
  • Runners have stronger bones and lungs than sedentary people.
  • Runners have more self-esteem, self-confidence, and mental alertness than sedentary people.
  • Running at least 20 miles a week can increase your life span by more than 2 years.

Another valued tip I learned is to layer my clothes. It’s been so chilly out that I bulk up so I won’t get cold. Then as I sweat my clothes get wet. As soon as we’re done with our exercise I feel chilled. So I’m going to layer my clothes and try to stay away from cotton fabrics.

I started jogging on the treadmill. Right now I can pace myself in a rotation between walking 2 minutes and jogging 2 minutes.

I have 2 more books requested through the library app on my iPad. Hopefully they become available soon so that I can learn more helpful tips to jogging/running. Kim and I are scheduled to go tomorrow afternoon and oddly enough I’m excited and I’m ready. This was just the change I needed.