Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday and Tuesday were painful days for my workouts. My shins and calves were acting up Monday, so I only jogged one mile and walked a half mile. Tuesday my calves were ok, but my shins were acting up, but I managed two miles jogging and half a mile walking. I believe I've isolated the problems:
1. I need to stretch more. I have to get in the habit of stretching both before and after, especially my calves.
2. I need to make sure I have the correct salt for my home made "gatorade." I like the Lite Salt. It has a lot of potassium in it and also has some calcium and magnesium. I supplement with potassium tablets also, but I get a lot more when I use the salt. (My adrenal fatigue/hypothyroidism makes my body waste sodium/potassium so my muscles will cramp up or get twitchy if I don't add these to my diet.)
Ironically, it looks rainy today, which forces my workout inside. I'm due for some weights. That's probably a good idea.
Swim team update: The kids did great at their first swim meet. Stevie (10) swam individual medley (1st place), team medley-breast (1st place), 25 M freestyle (1st place), 25 M breast stroke (1st place), team freestyle relay (1st place). Mary (12) swam team medley-butterfly, 50 M freestyle, 50 M breast stroke, team freestyle relay. Patrick (14) swam team medley-backstroke (15-18 age group), 50 M backstroke, 50 M freestyle, team freestyle relay (15-18 age group). Mikey (15) swam team medley-freestyle, 50 M freestyle, 50 M backstroke, 100 M freestyle, team freestyle relay. Mikey and Patrick were on the same relay teams since the coach had two extra 15-18 y/o boys and only two 13-14 y/o boys. She bumped Patrick and another boy up an age group, and in the freestyle relay they almost took second. I was a timer and it was fun seeing all the teenage boys cheer each other on. Much of the action was in my lane. So far, I've only gotten Stevie's ribbons. I'm proud of all my kids. They swam their hearts out!
Another swim team update: Bridget (6) has had trouble making it across the pool without touching the sides. Yesterday she was able to make it down and back with fins. She said to me after practice, "Mom, the reason I couldn't do it before was because I didn't BELIEVE in myself. I can do it now, without fins." I'm very proud of her and thankful to her siblings and her friends for coaching her while she was swimming. If she makes it across this week without fins, she can be in the next meet.