elisariva

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

Progress

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Yesterday I felt the effects of my run workout in my lungs. Today I felt it in my legs. Despite all of the running I have done, the targeted workouts to improve my strength really get to the areas where I am weak. I run hills in my neighborhood on a regular basis, yet a few sprints on an incline on the treadmill burned my legs today. Quads, hamstrings, glutes – you name it. Knowing that I would need a recovery day, my trainer scheduled today as a non run day. So this morning I swam.

I still feel my body is building back up after the race. Monday I had a good swim of 3,000 meters although I was off pace a bit. This morning I went to the pool with a speed workout in my mind that my friend created for me back in January. I wasn’t sure just how far I would swim. In its entirety the workout is 3,200 meters. After a few modifications and viewing how I felt I cut it to 2,000 meters. Most of the trimming was in the warm up, recoveries, and cool down. The main set had three separate intervals and I did two. I only cut out 400 meters of the main set. It has been a while since I have done an intense speed set and I felt it. Hence the distance modifications. What I was very happy about was the pace I was swimming. When the set was first created for me the goal was to swim my 100’s in 2:05 to 2:10 and my 200’s in 4:15 to 4:20. This morning I swam 2:02 to 2:04 for my 100’s and 4:10 to 4:12 for my 200’s. I remember all too well how I dreaded doing 200 repeats in a speed set. This morning it just was not an issue. Progress.

This afternoon I met my trainer to mix up my resistance training. She wants to target my weak areas to improve my strength in running. For as much as I workout, it became very evident where my weaknesses are. At one point she even commented that for as much as I train, she is happy that my weaknesses haven’t caused injuries. My response was “a sprained ankle was enough, I am happy too.” All but one exercise she showed me involved using my own body at resistance or just adding an elastic band. A modified chin up on a weigh machine was the only machine and weight plates used in the workout. Just as I felt the effects of yesterday’s run this morning, I am sure my body will feel tomorrow the strain from today. Again, that would show progress.

Swimming on a Thursday morning and changing a resistance routine after almost two years is a big step for me. I get into routines – comfort zones – and sometimes resist the idea of change. When I wrote earlier about change, I did not realize how much foreshadowing it actually evoked. I am reminded of the familiar quote “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you keep on getting what you’ve always got.” I want to improve. So change is necessary. And that leads to progress.

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.

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