I started a few weeks ago, jogging a kilometer or two on a treadmill. Then I started jogging a few kilometers outside, along the river (Sumida River). Then yesterday, as it was raining outside, I decided to go back to our building’s trusty gym and before I knew it — I finished my first 5 kilometers of continuous jogging!
My strategy was to make it part of my routine by jogging every other day. I always walk half a kilometer to warm-up, then stretch, then jog. If my body permits, I’d run the last few hundred meters. I try to keep it simple by bringing only my house keys and my alien registration card (you never know when the Japanese police is going to get you).
No towels. No bags. No water containers. No phones. No music. No distractions.
It’s true what they say about jogging. When I started, it felt like a chore and I would be out of breath after just the first kilometer. After doing it a few weeks though, I develop my endurance and it becomes a pleasure. A real pleasure. I feel one with my body and it actually feels like I can go on forever. It is such a good feeling.
I intend to continue this routine for now as it seems to be effective.
My next goal? Ten kilometers.