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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: New Hobby…

It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: A new hobby I’m trying or would like to try
This is a tough one for me. Honestly, I’m too busy to even do my old hobbies! I suppose if you forced me to come up with something it would be jogging. Is that a hobby?
See… jogging a 5k is on my to-do list for this year. And that would actually require some training, real training. Yanno, like jogging nearly every day of the week. This is not something I currently do. I want to. Every day I’m determined to make the time to…and then something happens (today it was my panicked mom who is 86 years-old calling me that her car wouldn’t start and needing help). So, I have to figure out how to make it happen every day AND make it fun.
I do find that when I’m watching a TV show that’s particularly interesting, the time on the treadmill absolutely flies by. But if not, it’s tortuously long. I can’t run outside much of the year–I’ll walk in the winter, mostly, but I won’t risk hitting a slippery spot while I’m jogging. I break a whole lot easier than I used to. And in the summer, it’s too dang hot most of the time. So, I’m relegated to a treadmill.
Any ideas on making that more fun? If not, any suggestions on a good show or movie to watch? I’m not easy to entertain…

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  1. Jogging or running is definitely a hobby but it can turn into a what looks like a career very easily!! Esp. if you are training for something like a race. My daughter did the NYC marathon a few years ago and to train she had to run up to 10-14 miles a day. If you can run a 15 minute mile thats 4 miles an hour so just to do 10 requires at least 2.5 hours. More miles? More hours. See what i mean.
    But, jogging is good. Gets the blood flowing and keeps the muscles tight. Go for it!

    1. I have a sister and a niece who are big into jogging. My sister actually did a 50 mile thing last year. When I look at her jogging times for training and they’re counted in hours and not minutes I just shudder. I have a hard enough time jogging 30 minutes, let along 4 hours!!

  2. I’m doing good walking the 5K…. jogging doesn’t have any appeal to me. But good luck! If I were closer, I’d walk the 5k you are going to jog 🙂

  3. I’d totally help you train so we can train together. I’m waiting for the weather to break for outside training. DH fell on the ice the other day, so yeah, not going to try to run on it. We’ll make it!

    1. I wish we could train together. Having someone else helps keep a person accountable.

  4. Wow, I didn’t know you were a jogger!
    Would you be able to watch Youtube videos while jogging? If so, I can suggest some good longer ones that you might like.
    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier.

  5. Oh I think it’s much easier while watching TV, too! I just finished Home for Christmas on Netflix while I walk and I know I wouldn’t have finished it if I hadn’t used it as a walking incentive. Good luck on your 5k!

  6. You can do this! I have faith! As for what makes it better… I used to listen to audiobooks – a good thriller usually – when I’d go to the gym and use the treadmill. Podcasts are also great to help pass the time.
    My post!

  7. Fab hobby, Marianne! I miss my treadmill a lot. We downsized and don’t have room for it anymore but I loved listening to podcasts and webinars while I used it. I couldn’t find time for them otherwise.
    Good luck with your jogging.

    1. I have seen the Accountant and really liked it. Those types of movies are RIGHT up my alley 🙂 Any others you’d like to share?

  8. I’ve said I’d walk/run a 5K for years and haven’t managed it yet. I have taken to having my chats with God while I’m on the treadmill in the morning, though. Sometimes it sounds like “oh, Lord, please don’t let me fly off the back of this thing.” Good luck on your goal! You can do it!

  9. All I could recommend is tv as a distraction for running on a treadmill. A favorite tv show not just any old program. For running outside, music. Something with a strong beat. Getting fit enough to run is actually on my to-do list for this year but not on a treadmill. I tend to wobble a lot on those. Unfortunately, I decided to do this in the middle of the Aussie summer so it must be put off until the mornings are much cooler again before I start. March/April most likely will be a better time of year here. Good luck!

    1. Running outside is actually distracting enough for me (plus you can’t just stop when you want to if you’re half a mile from home!), so I’m less concerned about that. It’s the treadmill that’s boring. TV is the only thing that helps!
      Good luck with your own activities this year.

  10. Running every day is definitely hard; you’ve got this, though!
    When I was training for half marathons, I would set a weekly distance and let myself adjust.
    So if you’re trying to run 1 mile every day, 7 days a week, then set a weekly goal of 7 miles and be okay with 1-2 miles 4-5 days a week. I actually made a training sheet (it’s in my blog – where I had my goal for miles and if I couldn’t do them, I’d spread them out over upcoming runs.
    And I’ll always try to do one more mile, or half, on my first few days if I can push though so that if “something comes up” the other days, then at least I’ve put in my miles and can do a quick few squats or planks before bed for a “daily” exercise toward running.
    I hope this helps!

    1. Your idea is really good… I like that I could potentially build up some miles when I can to make up for when I can’t. Never really thought about that! Thank you.

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