If you like juggling and running, you might like joggling. Although, I should say that there are a few people who like both but can’t stand joggling. I’m not really sure why but I do get an inkling of how that feels when I try 5-ball joggling. It just get’s pretty frustrating.
Anyway, Runner’s World asked their experts what makes a successful runner. Here are some of their suggestions. I’ll add a few on what I think makes a successful joggler.
Success in Running
1. Warm up and cool down. Have to admit I don’t do this. I just get up and go. But for new jogglers, some warming up could certainly help make joggling easier.
2. Follow the 10% rule. Increase mileage only 10% a week. I don’t really follow this but new jogglers should. However, I’m not sure it makes much sense at lower distance. For example if you run 10 miles in a week, I think you could safely go to 15 the next week. But at longer mileages you’ll want to stick to the 10% rule.
3. Run easy most of the time. I follow this one a bit too much. If you want to get faster, you have to sometimes run faster. Say do speed work once a week.
4. Do hills. There are no hills here in Chicago so I can’t follow this. Though I suppose I could practice running up parking garages but that would be pretty tough.
6. Cross train. Joggling is cross training. But you would benefit from doing things like biking and swimming. (or swuggling). I’ve always enjoyed cross training on a unicycle.
7. Measure your effort. To get faster you have to know how well you’re doing. This requires measurement. Keep track of how you are doing & also how frequently and far you run.
10. Don’t be afraid to rest. Slow down so you don’t get so worn out.