A benefit of an “easy” training month is the ability to mix things up if necessary without messing up my schedule. Usually I swim on Saturday and run long on Sunday. Since I ran long with my friends yesterday, I swam this morning. Fortunately I was joined by one of my friends for the workout. She is a faster swimmer than I. The more I swim with others, the stronger I see my pace. I am sure part of it is that I have worked hard on my stroke and efficiency, but I also think having someone to keep up with is forcing me to dig deep and use the ability that is there. I swam on my own Thursday and my times were a bit slower than Friday and today. Now that I know I have it in me to consistently break 2:00 on 100 meters, I will focus on that when I am swimming alone. In all, I swam 3,000 meters in a good endurance workout. For my active recovery day, I had a good workout.
As for the rest of my day, it was constant on the go – again, so much for an active recovery day… After swimming and church (a benefit of swimming instead of running on Sunday, I am able to get to the morning service) I headed to visit my father. He lives about an hour away, so an hour visit takes about three hours. When I left, it was all systems go on finishing, for the most part, my Christmas shopping. I was able to stay away from shopping malls – living in a village with little shops is a bonus. I am able to find what I am looking for and avoid the mall crowds. The weather today was fabulous – upper 50’s, so walking through town with the decorations was delightful.
With all of the craziness of the holidays, I am grateful that I am able to keep up with my training. It really is a wonderful way to release stress. Also, for as busy as I am, I have not forgotten the beauty of the season. With the hustle and bustle, looking up and around sometimes is forgotten. Sure, I had my share of muttering to the cars in front of me with a few comments about their driving, but I also was pleasantly surprised to be stopped at a traffic light only to have Santa Claus himself pull up in a Buick next to me. He even rolled his window down to say hello and wish me a Merry Christmas. Here is proof:
You never know what you miss when you look down. This is a little reminder to look up, look around, and appreciate the little things. There are reasons to smile, sometimes it is right next to you. All it takes is to just look up.