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

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.

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