New Way Of Looking At Things

For the past two weeks I have set out on Tuesday morning to swim a 3,000 meter swim speed workout and fell short. Two weeks ago I did not think to use my inhaler before a swim and started coughing early in. I only swam 1,200. Last week a leg cramp cut me short and I swam 2,200 meters. Well this morning I did it. And it felt great. The main set is divided into three parts: 4 x 100 meters swimming progressive 25 meters fast each time, 4 x 200 swimming each one a bit faster, and 4 x 100 also swimming each one a bit faster. The first part went well as I held back a little on the first 100 and then improved from there. I was most satisfied with my 4 x 200. Back in January and February I referred to it as the dreaded 200’s. Well I didn’t dread it at all. My slowest was 4:09 and my two fastest were both 4:05. The excitement transferred to the last 4 x 100 and I was able to do those all between 2:02 and 2:04.  A strong swim workout I am happy I completed.

This afternoon I had an appointment that ended my day early so I went to the gym to get my easy run in. The schedule called for 70 to 80 minutes in zone 2 easy. As beautiful as the day was, I opted to run on the treadmill because I was feeling just a little off. It could have been the banana a wolfed down just before starting to run. (Note to self, don’t do that again.) I knew there was just a few chapters left in the book I have been reading so I changed into my running gear and got on the treadmill set at an easy pace and started my run while I read. After 30 minutes into my run I noticed my off feeling was being coupled with a little pressure in my lungs. While I thought to eat a banana right before running, I didn’t think to use my inhaler. This is going to take some getting used to. Believe me, after how I felt, it should not take much longer to remember. I went to the locker room to get it, rested a moment and then went back to the treadmill. I finished the run only running  70 minutes because of how I felt. My breathing was fine, my average heart rate was only 126, and I ran just over 6 miles. Not bad for an easy run.

This morning my swim left me feeling exhilarated. My run this afternoon – not so much. I still am feeling a bit off and I am looking forward to getting to bed early. There is some debate or something I can watch if I am having trouble sleeping… But back to subject – as I left the gym I thought to myself that even feeling off while I ran inside on a beautiful day, I still had a good run and it was better than not running. Those endorphins just don’t disappoint. Reflecting on today, I see how I am continuing to progress and learn as I listen to my body. I got through my swim workout I was determined to complete even though it took three attempts. Truth be told, I am not happy about having asthma but it is part of the hand I have been dealt, so I am learning to adapt. What I don’t like is how quickly it has come on and affecting just about every workout. However I will not let it steal my joy. Part of seizing the day for me is seeing reality and making the best of the situation. Leslie Carter, a blogger at Bucket List Publications, shared a wonderful quote today on her Facebook page. It sums up how I feel today –

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. – Henry Miller

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