About eleven months ago I decided to dust off my old running shoes and make another attempt at jogging. Throughout the years I have attempted to start jogging but I often quit after a month or two because I was terrible at it. I’m not the most athletic person in the world plus I had a problem with my lungs back when I was a kid, I don’t think it went away, it’s just not as life threatening now. I used to run out of breath whenever I crossed the 1KM mark when I was jogging, this frustrated me so much that I once swore I would never jog again. But last year around this time, the stars were aligned right or the cardio I did prior to jogging in the comfort of my own home, stopping for five minutes whenever I had short breath, prepared me for the mammoth task ahead. I started jogging and for the first time ever, I managed to run a kilometer without stopping.
One kilometer quickly turned into ten and by January this year I was doing twelve kilometer in an hour and a half. For the past four or five months though, I have encountered a plateau. I can’t seem to break the fifteen kilometer barrier, I have been running the fifteen kilometers at just under two hours for the past four or five months now, and it’s starting to annoy me. I recently bought an android phone and I installed a nifty app that is supposed to help me overcome my plateau, it’s called CardioTrainer and it is the most awesome thing ever. It tracks down your speed, has a pedometer and helps you schedule workouts. After each running session it lets you know the calories burned, your total distance, average speed, time and has a useful speed VS distance graph (which made me realize that I subconsciously slow down at the bridge where Jub Jub knocked down and killed those poor kids). I didn’t track my performance before, I’m hoping that this app would increase my distance and speed just in time for the Soweto marathon this November.