I am making progress. That makes me joyful. So it is a good day. This morning I swam 2,500 meters and did flip turns for my 800 meter warm up. It felt good to flip and my pace is improving. It was an endurance set and I decided not to flip in the main set. Since I am making progress, forward progress, I didn’t want to do something to set me back. Over all I felt very good with my swim. It will be at least another week before I attempt a speed workout in the pool. I tend to kick harder in speed sets, my ankle is still a bit tender to tackle it. After my swim I made it to the hot tub for a few minutes to do my ankle alphabet. I tend to talk with my hands when I am excited – since my workout went well, I was in a good mood. As I did my alphabet rotations I found myself talking to my training partner and spelling the letters out with my hand too. We got a laugh out of it.
The weather today was a lovely Spring day with close to 60 degree temperatures and sunshine. A perfect day to run outside. Alas, I was happy enough to be running a bit, even if it would be on a treadmill in my basement. So I took a look at the sunshine and headed downstairs. First a half hour on the elliptical, it is a good workout to get the motion of running and warm up my body. Then I went to my treadmill and was able to run a mile. It still feels fabulous. I kept the pace slow, but I was able to complete the mile in under 12 minutes. The ankle brace I run in stabilizes my ankle very well. I thought it would be bulky and awkward, but I am doing okay with it. Emerging from my basement, I had a smile on my face.
Now that I have a few days of running in, I also know that racing the 10 mile race on Saturday is not wise. I am disappointed, the course is completely flat the first 9 miles then down hill and flat again the last mile. Perfect to run a personal best time. There is a saying here in Cleveland when it comes to professional sports and now applies to me: “There is always next year.” I do have a plan though. My training partner is racing and she really has the ability to set a personal best time. I want to be there to see her finish, which is rare since she is faster. So I plan to start the race in the back and run lightly out two miles, turn around and come back which will put me right at the 7.5 mile point of the race. I will take a break and wait for her to come by, cheer her on and then take the short cut back to the finish line about a mile away. If all goes as planned I will have run 5 miles. Possibly walked a portion of it. We shall see.
Planning is a big part of my training. My training partner reminded me I race because I train. I don’t train because I race. I enjoy the benefits of training and testing my ability in races. And like so much in life, I am experiencing that things do not always go as planned. My stumble created a detour in my plan, now I am making modifications and still participating in events that are important to me. It may not be my time to set a PR on my 10 mile race, but the joy of watching my friend race and hopefully PR will be an exhilarating experience. That is what it is all about, finding the joy in each day.