I was determined last night to jog 10km outside this morning, but it didn’t work, according to plan. Many things affected my jog and as a result, I only did about 5km, a mixture of jogging and walking.
First off, I woke up feeling really thirsty. This was because I treated myself to kebab meat from the local chip shop after work and dropping my boyfriend off at the train station. I like the taste of it, despite how unhealthy it is, and I rarely have one. I was going to have sweet and sour chicken at first from the local Chinese, but it was quite pricey and much cheaper to get a kebab instead. Kebab meat is not just fatty, but contains a lot of salt. I aim to have little salt in my diet and when I do eat something salty, I definitely notice it by increased thirst.
I drank some water before going out, but stupidly, as I have been doing so far, didn’t take any water with me. Furthermore, summer has finally arrived this morning in Britain! It was warm at 8:30am when I went out and the sun was very strong. Having no water was obviously a silly thing for me to do, and I also should’ve put sun tan lotion on.
I was jogging along, feeling determined to do 10km, when I must have reached about 3km. My conscience was like the angel and devil, but instead it was reasoning and irrationality, or being sensible and being stupid!
I could have continued jogging, returning home feeling invincible after managing to complete 10km non-stop without drinking anything in strong sunshine. This is what my irrational side thought, but being sensible prevailed. I could have jogged 10km this morning, but I would have, most likely, caused damage to myself. I would have returned sun burnt and dehydrated. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk.
I turned back at 3km for a gentle return home, jogging for a bit, especially in shaded areas of the route, and walked most of the time. While I was annoyed at myself for not being prepared, this morning has taught me a few things about what I should do in the future, concerning lifestyle and fitness.
1. Always have water when exercising: I drink water at the gym, so I should when jogging outside (a bottle like the ones below would be ideal):
2. Apply sun tan lotion before going out when the sun is strong (maybe find a decent sun hat to wear while jogging outside).
3. Drink some water before bed: this is something I should be doing anyway, but I don’t fancy having to get up early in the morning to relieve myself. It will be better than waking up thirsty though.
4. Always be sensible: I’m surprised that I haven’t injured myself yet through training, such as pulling a muscle- this is probably because I stretch before jogging. I’m glad that I was sensible this morning, otherwise I would be suffering the consequences now.
Fingers crossed that the weather stays nice for tomorrow morning. I will jog 10km whatever the weather, and I will be prepared this time.
Happy reading and blogging!