The first real snow fall of the season started last night. Fortunately it was enough to make everything look pretty, but not enough to require snow plowing. I decided to run at the gym since it was an easy run and I planned a swim after. My run was very good – I stayed in zone 2 and averaged 11:50 minutes per mile – not to far from my desired race pace. I only ran 3.5 miles, it is taper time and I still had the swim after.
I swam with a friend of mine who is just a bit faster than I. Oh what a difference swimming a workout with some is! We both were able to keep to the interval times and I usually touched in a few seconds after she did. When we did 100 meter repeats pulling I was touching in between 1:49 and 1:55 – that was great. Then we did full freestyle sets of 200, 100, and 50 meters. My 200’s were 4:08 and 4:06 – negative splits – at a pace I was very happy with. My 100’s were in the range of 1:58 and 2:04 and my 50’s were from 55 to 1:01. Swimming with someone helps keep me honest to the workout and pushing harder than if I were swimming alone. In all I swam 2,800 meters. A very good effort and enjoyable swim.
My afternoon was very fun too – despite the sad outcome. I went to a football watching gathering that is a rare occurrence in my neck of the woods, the majority of the people there were cheering for my alma mater – The University of Michigan. This game against OSU is a big one and Michigan has not had the best luck over the past decade. And today kept the sad tradition going. Regardless, it was a good game and I really enjoyed sharing it with fellow Wolverines while I live in Ohio. I don’t know if some OSU fans realize just how cruel they can be. The irony is that my friends who actually went to OSU are far kinder than other fans. It is a game. I know I went to a fine university. There were plenty of years when the tables were turned.
Which reminds me of a phrase on the front page at Cast Light I want to share:
We have a choice to be positive or negative. We can cast light or cast shadows. Alway choose light.
So as a friend just reminded me, focus on the good and the positive. And always choose light.