Sunday, June 10, 2012
I am an ugly jogger
I want to start jogging again...I have often thought about it. I've had two false starts since the baby was born. Today, the day the baby turned 7 months, I am starting again! Here's the list of what's been holding me back:
First, I like to make everything an occasion, or fit into a neat box...I'm a square. If I don't start on the first of a month, and continue for the month, or some other perfect combination of date & time, I am likely to put it off. It is a very convenient excuse.
Second, I am an ugly jogger...an ugly exerciser. Red face and sweaty...it's unavoidable. I used to be in MUCH better shape, but then again, I used to push myself that much harder. Getting ugly in public is not my favorite thing to do.
Third, people a decade older zoom past me on the belt line (midtown Toronto trail). I feel like I am standing still in comparison. I used to measure the success of my jog by how many people I could pass. It was a little game I played with myself. I got into a race with a guy once who was about to pass me, I was too stubborn to let him....I think my face turned purple that day.
Fourth, and Fifth, the two children. I can only take one of them in the jogging stroller. (Today I went alone and my husband watched both.)
Sixth, the baby hasn't been sleeping. His teeth are out and things are settling down again.
Seventh (really, how many excuses can one come up with?), caffeine. I only recently reintroduced it to my diet...it makes me go!
Eight, gear. If I have to look ugly in public, I like to at least be in a pretty cool get up. I look much cuter in a sporty hat or visor, but my forehead breaks out in pimples.
I will stop there...that is more than enough reasons. I ignored all excuses today and took off on a thirty minute jog on a very busy beltline. (Passed one other jogger.) I plan on sticking to a 'two jogs outside a week' regimen this summer. I rely on you to keep me at it!
Do you have any favorite excuses? Please share!!