Fat Mean Jogging Machine
A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop running/jogging for a while. Why? Well, for a couple of reasons. One reason was because I was feeling sluggish on my runs. The second was because my left knee was feeling a bit out of whack. I thought that by taking the pressure and stress off of my knees that I could let them heal and be able to get back on track. No pun intended.
That was one of the best decisions I have made so far. During the time that I decided to stop running, I also decided to get on my recumbent bike for my cardio. I was pleased with the workouts I was getting from the bike. I thought it wouldn’t be as effective, but it was. My legs were constantly being tested, as well as my endurance.
Now fast forward to a few days ago. I lifted the treadmill jogging ban, but I still have a ban on jogging outside. I will wait until I drop 15 or more pounds first. I was on my cardio day and wanted to switch things up. So I decided to get on the treadmill. It was awesome. I was able to do some HIIT running. Something I was dreading. My initial goal was to jog for 5 minutes. I was hoping I could last that long, but wasn’t expecting to. Then 5 minutes became 10. Then 10 became 12. I was in the zone. After that I decided to do some interval sprints while I was at it. I finished up the 19 minutes of jogging/running with a 5 minute cool down walk.
I Was then able to run like that again the next day. Both times not feeling sluggish or any knee pains. Then yesterday topped it all off. I didn’t want to do HIIT and opted instead for some endurance running. I was able to stay on the treadmill for 30 solid minutes. 30 MINUTES!!! Can you imagine a 300 lb man running for 30 minutes at a fast pace? I don’t think so. I know in my heart that I could have lasted anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, but needed to stop because I had plans that I was already late for.
I wasn’t expecting to be at this level with my running until I dropped down to 274 lbs. That number reminds me of the last time that I was able to run with the intensity and ease that I have been running with the past few days. It feels great to be ahead of some of my goals and this just proves that all of my goals are attainable.