elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Leaping Into March

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Another month has ended and I was able to achieve the training goals I set out for February. I wanted to set a personal best in my half marathon and get flip turns down while swimming my warm up and warm down during workouts. Both accomplished. March is a bitter sweet month for me. Several family members have died in March, which is a bit sad to reflect on. March also holds a few family birthdays, including my own. So it is also a celebration of life month. I enjoy watching Winter pass away and Spring emerge, especially when I am able to run outside. My training goals for March are two – I have a 5 mile race I hope to set a personal best time in and I want to incorporate flip turns into my entire swim workouts. Both seem very manageable. Time will tell.

Today was a mixed day for me. My training went well, I swam this morning 2,600 meters in an endurance set. I was pleased with my pace, despite my persistent sinus cold. The morning brought what appeared to be a day full of rain, having a cold on a rainy day just stinks. I felt the dreariness of the day weigh on me. I get text updates for sever weather notices and received one saying a tornado watch (in February?) was issued until 9:00 tonight. I figured I would run on my treadmill in my basement. When I walked outside to my car I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by sunshine and 60 degrees (in February?). I thought two things – take your temperature when you get home to make sure you don’t have a fever and if not, get outside and run! My temperature was normal and I put on capri tights and a short sleeve shirt and went outside for a 5 mile run. In February! Now I am paying for it a bit, my head cold is reminding me it is time to take my Advil Cold and Sinus pill. But I wouldn’t have done it any differently.

Isn’t that what life is about? No regrets. Sure there are some things in life I would have done differently, but I have learned from the experiences and modified my behavior to make it better “next time.” There are relationships that have gone bad I regret, but that is a two way street and I can only do my part. I may do it imperfectly, but have learned to act on my conscience and “do the right thing.” We were given an extra day in this year today, I could have stayed in bed with my cold and justified every minute of it. Instead I got out, completed my training, spent time with my best friend while training, and made the best of what could have been a dreary day. I found joy in the day and hopefully spread some joy too. That is worth leaping over.

Author: 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.

4 thoughts on “Leaping Into March

  1. Oh, so true. The worst day spent running is better than the best day without it. I envy your conquering of the flip turn… I haven’t been able to bring myself to work on them yet. Best of luck on your upcoming 5 miler. Here’s to a PR!

    • Thank you! As for flip turns – I am still a work in progress. It is going to take practice. If you are having trouble with actually flipping, I recommend a lesson. The lifeguard who helped me is young enough to be my son, but he knows flip turns. Well worth it!

  2. Congrats on reaching your February training goals!

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