A Reasonable 45 Minutes

I was at a giant bookstore today, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, to sell some books. While the book buyer went through my books, I crossed the road and exercised on the bike path. I jogged for 15 minutes, jumped rope for 15 minutes, and walked for 15 minutes. It was a pleasant setting with tall trees and a creek running alongside the path, so I was in no hurry to leave. Occasionally someone went by on a bike or walking a dog.
Jumping rope and jogging are strange, to me, because I can’t figure out why jogging is so much harder. When we first started going to boxing and jumping rope, it seemed so hard that I wondered if I’d ever get good at it. I was never good at jogging either, and I’m still not. And I go slowly. I can jump rope much more easily, even if I mix in more difficult patterns like crossovers and doubles. Maybe it’s easier than jogging because I get a small break every three minutes—but it’s a really small break, maybe 15 or 20 seconds. Or maybe it’s because I do it more often. If I went jogging as often as I jump rope, maybe it would get easier.
The difficulty of jogging seems like a stamina problem, not a cardio problem. Jumping rope gets my heart beating much faster than jogging does—or seems to, anyway. Maybe jogging is harder because I’m propelling myself forward, not just up and down.
While I was out there, I found a beautiful park I hadn’t seen before, and I explored it during my walk.
Here’s a link to a blog post and conversation about high carb and low carb diets. I found it via Reflections in D Minor.