Quality Time

After nearly two weeks away from the pool, I jumped in this morning. As I drove to the pool and thought over my workout, the eager swimmer in me wanted to swim 3,000 meters. The practical recovering marathoner in me took over and talked myself into 2,000 meters. Then the relaxed gal in me who is doing her best to seize the day convinced myself to first enjoy it and second see how I feel. I will swim what I swim.

Since the race the longest I have run in one workout has been 2.5 miles. I did an hour spin class yesterday morning and felt very good. Swimming is different. While it is not as taxing on the body, it definitely works the lungs. My warm up quickly showed me that this was going to be a light swim. I can not express exactly how I felt, I just could tell I was moving a little slower and I was not going to push it. In all I swam 1,000 meters. That is usually my warm up. But I did what I felt was right for me today. Huh – this relaxed attitude is not easy to adapt, but I am liking it.

After my swim my day only got better. I had lunch with two of my girlfriends from my “locker room” family. One lady moved over the summer to a near by town, but too far to come to the gym. Spending time with these ladies was just wonderful. I still marvel at how meeting in the locker room could bring such dear and lasting friendships. By the time I got home it was late afternoon and I had only an hour to get a few things done around the house before I met another friend, also from my gym, for dinner and then we went to see a Christmas concert program at the church I attend. The program rivals anything the Cleveland Orchestra or Trans Siberian Orchestra could do. In fact I believe they did a better live performance of Christmas Eve in Sarajevo than TSO – which I have also seen perform live. The concert was fabulous. Being there with a friend made it special.

With today being my first Saturday back after traveling, I have so much to do around the house. Most I have not done, well – a load of laundry is going now as I write. What I did accomplish today was far more meaningful. I did not stress about “only” swimming 1,000 meters. I enjoyed time with dear friends at lunch. I am very much in the Christmas spirit now after attending the concert and sharing the experience with a friend was an added blessing. In the same spirit that I have written I have never finished a workout and said I wished I hadn’t done it, I can also say I have never regretted letting laundry wait a day so I can spend time with friends who enrich my life. That is quality time.


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.

2 thoughts on “Quality Time

  1. Glad to hear the post race recovery is going so well and that your finding some much needed (and deserved) time with friends and family. I might have missed it but have you set a next goal or race just yet?

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