Not Skipping

Listening to my body is something I used to think mostly meant how I felt as far as aches and pains. By 7:00 last night my body was yelling loudly to me that it was tired. Nothing hurt, I actually felt very good. The only problem was I felt like a zombie. Since the half marathon on Sunday I had swam a total of 9,000 meters by yesterday morning. I don’t like to skip a workout if it is not necessary, so I decided sleep was necessary and I went to bed at 8:30. By 4:30 this morning I had my 8 hours in and I got up to go to the pool. And boy am I glad I did.

My swim today was 2,500 meters. After my 1,000 warm up I did 5 x 100 on a 2:20 send off. Every one I came in between 2:00 and 2:01. Six weeks ago this was not happening. And 5 times in a row? Wow, this increased distance is really paying off. With my added confidence I took on what I have referred to as the dreaded 200’s. I swam 5 x 200 on a 4:30 send off. Now only two weeks ago I was coming in between 4:20 and (the horror of typing this again) 4:28. This morning I came came in on 4:05, 4:07, 4:09, 4:05, and 4:07. As I told my friend (and part coach) Hoot Hoot Hoot! I even got a “fantastic” from him on that one. I felt good when I was finished and I was not exhausted through the day. My body was pleased as well.

Since I love running and haven’t done so since I crossed the finish line in Jacksonville on Sunday, I ran a few miles this evening. It is raining out and I wanted to try out my new shoes, so I hit my treadmill. I only ran 2 miles – my body started telling me it feels good to run again, but let’s not push the exhaustion issue. My shoes felt great – the new Nike Lunar Eclipse – fun colors and good support.

My persistence in the pool is paying off and it is encouraging me all the more to keep with these crazy long workouts for a few more months. I am getting stronger. I like it. So often it is temping to hit snooze, opt for happy hour with work colleagues instead of a light run (an option presented to me tonight) or just a plain old “I don’t wanna.” Seeing the fruits of my labor is worth so much more. And that I want.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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