Some days everything just clicks. This was a day when everything clicked. Framing my good day were two very good workouts. This morning when I got to the pool a friend was starting a swim workout too, so we swam together. When ever possible I really want to swim with others. Again I swam very well. And also once again I was the slower swimmer so we just modified distances for the same send off times. I swam a total of 2,200 meters. All of my distances in the main set were kicked up a notch in pace from where I was even six weeks ago. My 75 meter repeats and 150 meter repeats all were consistent on a 2:00 minute per 100 meter pace or better. When I did 4 x 100 meter repeats my slowest one was 2:00, with the other three ranging 1:57-1:58. Oh and that was swimming, not pulling. Granted my friend was doing 100 IM while I did 100 freestyle (and still beat me…) but it kept me motivated and focused to swim well.
This evening I wanted to run 3 miles. It gets dark so early now I debated on running outside or on my treadmill. It was not too cold, around 36 (wow, perspective changes in December versus July!), and I enjoy running through the area to see the Christmas lights. One house I pass even has music playing in coordination with the flashing lights. Outside won over, I dressed appropriately, put on my LED lit reflector vest, and added a headlamp. What a difference the headlamp makes! First it really helps me see the road and avoid potholes and second I don’t need to light my watch while I run! It illuminates my wrist so I can see my time, distance, pace, and heart rate. What a bonus. As I ran I had to chuckle. Wearing a vest with bright orange LED strips lighting my front and back and a bright white headlamp on my forehead, I fit right in with the Christmas lights I passed.
With December being my “recovery month”, I am really enjoying the freedom of my workouts. I had a swim workout in mind when I drove to the gym and had no problem switching to the workout my friend was doing. Running easy and enjoying my surroundings without concern if I am running far enough for a specific goal is so freeing. Of course the detail junkie in me still has to look at my watch. That my friends is just a part of who I am.
It is always nice to have a really good day without anything specific happening. As I said, everything just clicks. But I can not help but wonder if it is the events of the day that made it so good, or the frame of mind I am in. Maybe a little of both. What I do know is when I let go of what I have no control over and make the best of what I am able, the clicking happens. Being surrounded by good friends, removing that which hinders and entangles, and running (or swimming) with perseverance…