Happy Monday Ya’ll.
Happy Labor Day too! I love having a Monday off! This week, I only work 3 days, because I have Friday off too. I am excited for such a short week!
I woke up this morning and was in the pool by 6:06am. I had a really hard time getting up, because I did not sleep well at all. It was also cold (which I really like) and it really made me want to stay in bed under warm blankets instead of getting into a bathing suit and a semi cold pool
Alas – I knew my sister would be at the gym, so it urged me to get up and go.
My sisters friend also decided to join us, so we ended up taking 3 of the 4 lanes. I felt like it took me a lot more effort to get my laps in this morning, but I got them in none the less.
Swimming has been good for my tendon recovery, but I do miss running still. At the beginning of the week, I actually got in a nice 3+ mile run on the treadmill. It was at a slow pace, but the great thing was – I was able to maintain the pace the entire time without any pain in my foot.
I did have some pain and slight swelling the next day, but it wasn’t anything too serious. I took a full day of rest due to the pain on Tuesday, and then swam the following day just to make sure my foot would be okay, which it was.
One of the things I miss the most about running, is the friendly competition race days allowed me to have. There was always 100’s to even 1000’s of fellow runners at each event that I could “compete” with. I was never racing to win first place, but it was always motivating to see how many “back of the packers” like myself – I could catch up too, or how much I could better my personal times from the last race.
I did happen to stumble upon a website US Masters Swimming which encourages people to stay fit by swimming. Basically anyone wanting to swim who is over the age of 25 can become a member. The only requirement is that you’re able to swim at least 25 meters. It’s for anyone looking to compete, learn open water swimming, or just train to keep fit. If you become a member, which would mean purchasing a year long membership (which is really not all that expensive) it allows you to potentially register for races, it seems the heats are arranged more by time than anything so it makes the heats fair.
I am really contemplating giving this a whirl. Just thinking I may have something to legitimately train for, gives me a little bit of excitement…and admittedly, some anxiety too.
But, it’s similar to the pre-race butterflies I would get before any official run I would do. And I believe that’s a normal, and healthy feeling to have.
I have’t given up on running yet. In fact this weekend was the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and I was a little sad seeing all the posts on Facebook and Instagram of all the people that got a chance to run the races. My own Facebook was showing memories from the races I ran over the years and it brought back a lot of happy memories. Hopefully someday I will at least get to run another 5 or 10k (hopefully both!?) in the parks!
Have a great day!