elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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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…

Author: 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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