Reasonable Boundaries

Today was a day with a little bit of everything – cold at the start, sunny by the time I left the pool for work, rained during the day, and cleared later, however thunder and lightening were not far away.  My training today also had a little bit of everything. I started the day in the pool with 2,500 meters in an endurance set. I am still pushing off the wall with one leg, my ankle is improving but is still tender. I don’t want to make it worse by trying to get a stronger push off the wall. I am satisfied with my overall swim times. My 100 meter repeats are still about 3 to 4 seconds slower than I would like, but I know I am holding a bit back by not kicking hard and being gentle off the wall. I am still completing my intervals on 2:15 send off and I am not panting when I go. Breathing hard, yes.

After work I wanted to ride outside. The sun had reemerged, and it would be so good to ride the roads and be outside. By the time I was set, the clouds came back and my Weather Bug app warned that lighting was spotted within 14 miles of my location. Riding in lightening – I am not that adventurous. So I went to the trainer in the basement. I did hills, so I got a good workout in. I road only for 30 minutes. The half marathon is a week from this Sunday, my focus is on my running and I don’t want to do anything to cause any more set backs.

While only swimming and cycling were on my training plan today, I did get a little sprint run in as well. After my cycle workout I took my dogs outside for a break. My smallest dog, a Maltese, has by far the most courage of my dogs. She heard a noise and set off barking to protect the homestead. Well a baby hawk was calling out and I know as big as my dog believes she is, the hawk would win – or at least do some damage. Fortunately I was still wearing my strong ankle brace, so I took off sprinting and grabbed the pup up. Not the first time I have done this either. Even though it was maybe 50 yards, it felt good to run. And I didn’t feel any pain. I was able to get all three sports in today – swim, cycle, and a run.

My experience with my dog reminded me that courage and believing in myself are essential to reach my goals. I also have to remember my limitations and push myself within a reasonable boundary of those limitations. My ankle injury has reined in those boundaries, but only for a while. Just like the hawk limited the distance my dog could run in the yard today. Normally she has the entire yard, today she had to stay a bit closer to home. When the hawk goes away, my dog can run without inhibition. Likewise I have to go easy on all three sports right now – but soon I will be stronger and those boundaries will expand. And I too will run without inhibition.


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.

4 thoughts on “Reasonable Boundaries

  1. Glad to hear the recovery is going well, if slower than you’d like (always seems to take forever, doesn’t it?).

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