This has been an amazing week of training for me. I actually didn’t realize how good it was until I got a message from my coach tonight. I had a 13 mile alternating tempo run on Monday. He said that my time- ended up being 1:56. That included 3 miles that I ran slow- both for the warmup and cool down. My PR right now for the 1/2 marathon is 1:56. So, if I was actually running/racing those other 3 miles, I could have beat my PR by several minutes! To me, that is absolutely awesome. It shows that the hard work and dedication that I have been putting in, is paying off. When you have tough runs, it’s hard to see the progress you have made. But, hearing this news was just awesome!
Tuesday morning I had my first “masters” swim class, where I swam with a larger group. I literally had 30 minutes, no more, to swim. The class is an hour long, but I had to drive home, get my kids, and then get them to school on time! Not an easy feat, but we completely managed it! Swimming was actually a lot of fun. I got to keep my flippers on the whole time. I progressed from swimming 25’s, to finishing with a 100 yard swim! Unreal, for me!! I didn’t think I could ever do that, but I did. What an accomplishment for myself. I was just bouncing around because I had achieved this. After bringing the kid to school, I had an easy 6 mile run. At night, I had a friend look after 2 of my kids while the 3rd one was at baseball practice, so that I could get in an additional 3 mile run. That felt fine. It was nice and easy.
Wednesday was my rest day, which I was so happy about. My legs were TIRED!! “Rest” of course means, work a full day of work, get the kids, drop 2 off at baseball, get the dog from daycare & drop him off at home, then go back to the baseball fields to watch the end of practice, bring everyone home, get them showered, finish HW, help the kids study for their tests, while, of course cooking dinner for everyone, and then get them all to sleep. All in a day’s rest!!!
Thursday morning, I had swim class again. This time, I got to swim for an entire hour!! We did warm up swims, then a pyramid building from 25 to 100 yards, and then back down again. Then, he told us to build up in 50 yd increments from 50 to 150!! I looked at him and asked, “me?” He said, “absolutely!” Off we went. There are 3 in my group- we are the slow group and proud of it. We are beginner swimmers, but we are learning, and that is all the matters. Well, by the end of the hour, I had swam 1250 yards!! Are you kidding me?! That was the furthest I have ever swam. I even finished off with 50 yards of swimming without fins on. It is much harder, let me tell you. You feel like you are barely moving- I am learning to dig in more with my arms to pull myself through the water rather than depending on my legs to push me through. Learning process- that is what it is all about. I had to race to work, because 15 minutes after I got out of swim class, I had a meeting. Well, I showed up soaking wet, still in my bathing suit, with a t-shirt and running skirt covering it. They just laughed at me. At least I was setting a good example of being fit, right? Of course I changed before the workday began, but I froze at our meeting because it is always so cold at work. Let’s just say, though, that I was in the best mood all day long. Exercise first thing in the morning just gives me this amazing energy! I slept horribly the night before, so I thought that I would be just exhausted, but instead, I felt like I was bouncing off of walls- just happy and full of incredible energy!! I felt like I was on cloud 9 all day long. That night, I had another easy 3 mile run, while my daughter had baseball practice. I couldn’t leave her too long, so 3 miles was all that I could get in.
These running and swimming things are just incredible. I truly am learning so much more about myself, my body, just everything! Cross training with swimming has just been amazing for me too. I am getting a cardio workout, without the pounding on my legs. Ideally, I’d like to continue to run 4 days per week and swim twice a week. Yes, there is overlap because my schedule is so limited, but I think its OK. I’m making it work. I have to remember, that no matter what I do, I am lapping the person on the couch!! I run 40-ish miles per week and hoping to get in 2200 yards of swimming in next week. Maybe more?!
What lies in the future? Everyone asks me about doing a triathlon. Honestly, I thought they were crazy. Then, I keep seeing my friends doing them and I looked one up. If I can build on my swimming and learn how to bike (like really bike), I can do it!! I know I can. One step at a time. My first goals: learn to swim long distance without flippers, and get a sub-4 marathon. I’d like to knock those off my list. Then, I need to acquire a bike- and I heard they aren’t cheap- and learn how to really bike. That’s when everything opens up for me…. the world will be at my fingertips and I can accomplish anything!!
What are your goals? Are you working towards short term and long term goals? Share with me, because I know what it is like to have those goals and be working hard toward achieving them. Let’s conquer our goals!!