An Improvement

On the second update of my quest to get fitter, I’m able to announce that my jogging time has nearly tripled. I’m extremely pleased at the progress achieved in my first week, following a spur of the moment decision to run for the first time in 35 years.

Here are my latest observations:

  • Distance: 0.747 miles
  • Speed: 4.96 mph
  • Heart Rate: 158
  • Time: 05:43

The speed that I jog does appear on the surface to be pretty darn slow, but when checking with professionals, they tell me I should be aiming for 5/6 mph – anything above 6 mph is classed as running. Being in the right ballpark has given me some confidence that I’m making inroads into something that is extremely alien to me. Perhaps over time, my jog will turn into a run as my fitness improves.

My heart rate while jogging was of concern to me. My resting heart rate is around 63 bpm, so the jump up to 158 bpm was startling. But again, on checking with health professionals, I’m informed that:

It is recommended that you exercise within 55 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for at least 20 to 30 minutes to get the best results from aerobic exercise. The MHR (roughly calculated as 220 minus your age) is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.

Using the calculation provided, 220-50 (my age), my maximum heart rate should be in the region of 170 bmp. All is well, which brings about much reassurance for me.

Overall, I’m very positive of what I have achieved in the first week. I know there will be hiccups and disappointments to come, but I’m in no rush to be the next Haile Gebrselassie. One step at a time is my mantra.