...that I celebrate the anniversary of starting regular exercise on Wednesdays, since I apparently HATE finishing workouts and haven't quite done a "regularly-scheduled" workout since I started? My god, was that sentence too long?
So, first of all, I got all discouraged because I went online earlier to check speed of jogging, or average speed, anyway. You know what I found out? Most sources say it is around 7 to 8 miles an hour. Um........ARE YOU BLEEPING KIDDING ME???!?!?!? I am maxing out at 3.6 so anyone "jogging" at 8 mph can - pardon me - kiss my ass.
Once I digested that unfortunate piece of news, I suddenly doubted all that I had done in my previous workouts. In fact, I felt like I hadn't made any progress, and was essentially pre-workout 1. When I made it to the gym (nearly alone; I don't think I have seen one person with the same workout schedule as myself in the last two weeks), I set my "brisk walk" at a faster pace. I was just about ready to start the "jog" when I noticed I had been walking on a 2% incline. What?? Son of a biscuit! I reset that back to 0 right quick.
I commenced to jog for 90 seconds at a speed of four miles per hour. Then, the two minute walk at just under three miles per hour, then the jog, walk, jog, walk, jog, walk, jog....then I walked the rest of my workout. I'm not letting myself feel guilty for what I like to refer to as my "freestyle interpretation" of the schedule since, hey, I was on the treadmill for 25 minutes. There was sweat. There was pain. I say, "mission accomplished."
But it helped knowing the distance a fellow HH covered in her recent workout, and being similar to mine, I thought, you know what? Maybe a 7.5 mph jog is for marathoners only. Or those youth in high school that have not been introduced to the Freshman Fifteen. Or its lesser known yet still popular relative, Freshman Forty. Either way, it's not for me, at least not right now.