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Lessons from a first-time jogger

Tonight I started jogging using one of the many couch-to-5K apps available for spacephones. Here’s what I learned:

  • My goal was to survive. I achieved my goal.
  • I covered 2.14 miles at 14 minutes per mile. That’s 4 times faster than this and half as fast as this, according to this site.
  • My phone is sentient. The first song it randomly played as I began jogging: “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.
  • A decent pair of shoes makes all the difference. I tried jogging a few years ago in Chuck Taylors, which were about as comfortable as jogging in geta. They killed my knees. Running shoes feel a lot better. (You’re welcome.)
  • I could have picked a better town to start jogging in than Bellefonte, PA, which is topographically similar to San Francisco.
  • My face, which is red even when I’m asleep, turns a color when I jog that alarms elderly women siting on stoops.
  • Hills. Sweet weeping Jesus. Hills.

Published in Random Musings Sports


  1. Roberto Hewitt Roberto Hewitt

    Thanks keep us posted I’m on a 5k program myself.

  2. I could have used a warning there’d be pictures of spiders!!

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