Leaping Into March

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.

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  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!

    1. 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!

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