Friday, April 05, 2013
My training plan called for a recovery swim today, so I packed up and headed to the Y after feeding Gwen and dropping Natalie off at kindergarten. Got Gwen settled into the nursery and changed into my Speedo purple bathing suit with my new swim cap and goggles. As far as sticking to the running training plan, any stroke is okay. But I'm really wanting to improve and strengthen my crawl stroke.
The water felt pretty good and I swam the first 25 yards. I don't know why swimming the crawl seems to get my heart rate going faster than any other activity I do. Perhaps anxiety. I swim backstroke at probably the same level of exertion and don't feel that heart racing. Even though SparkPeople shows the calorie burning rate to be almost equal, I feel like I'm barely exerting when I swim breaststoke, but that I'm working like crazy to swim the crawl. I rested on the wall and then swam crawl back; rested a bit (30 seconds maybe?) and swam 2 laps, 50 yards crawl, without stopping.
There for just a moment I wanted out of the pool. I wanted to run away and never come back. I gave myself a good pep talk, thinking about ONEKIDSMOM and SparkGuy and a few other SparkFriends who have modeled effective pep talks. I looked at how safe it is. There was a very attentive lifeguard on duty and few people he was responsible for. If I'm feeling overwhelmed with the crawl, I can roll to my back or switch to breaststroke and be totally comfortable in seconds. Absolutely this is an irrational fear. If I give into it, it will become worse. So I regained my sanity and swam 24 more laps, most of them crawl.
And I got out of the pool knowing that I had wrestled with myself and I had won!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
"The best way to use rewards to improve results is to identify the particular actions or behaviors that lead to the overall result you want, and then reward yourself for doing those behaviors." Of course!! Yet for years I rewarded myself for what the scale said rather than for what I did. Now that I think about it, the above approach from the below SparkPeople article:
is decidedly a better way to go! As I work to get rid of the last remnants of my poor eating habits and behaviors, I'm glad this article clearly spells out an effective way to use rewards. I'm going to remember this one!!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Today was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed it thoroughly with a 25 mile bike ride, including a new part of the trail I had not ridden before. There was an incident with a snake in which I had to take my feet off the pedals to evade his raised neck, but my heart didn't even beat too fast. And the snake was fine, too. I saw him slither off just fine. So neither of us was worse for the wear. I did see lots of pretty birds, butterflies, wild flowers. I took my MP3 player with me, but never turned it on. I was just enjoying the crickets and the birds and the other sounds of nature. Although I like my new camera, I kind of wish I had a smaller one that I could carry more easily to take pictures on runs and rides. Many someday.
It's good to set long term goals, right? Well here is some inspiration for a goal to be reached in years to come. Video of 90+ year old men in a sprint race:
Oh, I want to be running for 3 more decades! Now that is one worthy goal!!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Last night I ran hill repeats with my coach and training group. We had a half mile course that was uphill the whole way. After warm up, we were to run up hard and run back easy. Some of the slower women weren't there last eve; I hope they haven't dropped out. There was a new fellow, 17 years old, who warmed up at a 6 minute mile pace, and several middle age guys starting at 7.5 minute mile pace. My warm up pace is 10.5-11 minute mile pace. And I walk some before I start running, too, while those young'uns just take off running. Makes me glad I can compete in my age group!
My left hamstring and IT band complained a bit about the run, but I iced them as soon as I got home, then used the foam roller, and then stretched, then a nice hot bath, and then more ice. Not sure that is the way you are supposed to do it, but it seemed to work pretty well for me. I wasn't sore at all when I woke up.
Little Gwen (2 1/2 year old granddaughter) was scheduled for her first gymnastics lesson today, but the teacher was late -- she thought she didn't have any 2 year olds. Gwen got to meet the teacher and gave her a high five. So we'll start next week. If Gwen is still the only one registered in the class, it will just be 30 minutes instead of 45. So Gwen and I played around. She's now great at jumping jacks! I think she's really going to enjoy the Gymnastics Tots class. After we played, Gwen went to the nursery so I could do my treadmill and strength training workouts. Today I did the scheduled 30 minute slow work out (5.5 mph on treadmill - 10.54 minute per mile pace. My left hamsting and IT band were a bit tight, but not painful. Did my strength training as scheduled, too. I'm thinking that this training plan is well designed for the upcoming hilly Mayfaire 5K on May 11th.
I happened to bump into my running coach with her two preschoolers at the Y and it was fun to get to talk to her informally and for her kids to get to play with Gwen. Also, another of her trainees was there with her preschoolers, too. She's lost 80 pounds, is in her late 20's, runs a 5K in 19 minutes, and looks fantastically fit. She doesn't have any sign of ever being heavy; I see no stretched skin at all on her. Yeah, there are times I sure wish I had lost this weight way earlier. But then, I am so, so, very glad that I have achieved a level of fitness I never thought I could aspire to.
My life is good. The weather is gorgeous today and Gwen and I played outside after we got home. Not every minute of running is pure bliss, but all in all I really enjoy it. Not every minute of caring for my grandkids is bliss either, but I am blessed to be able to do it! Need to leave to go get Natalie from kindergarten right now. The whole family will eat with us tonight, too. Like I say, life is good.
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