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Swimming, running & strength

Friday, October 11, 2013

One of the status notes I put up yesterday was “my swimming totally stinks but my running and strength kick tail”. Recently, I decided to take swimming lessons to avoid drowning in an upcoming mudrun/obstacle race. I am not a natural in the water, much to my disappointment.

I don’t have a fear of the water I just never learned to swim. Before these lessons I could only doggie paddle but I would hold my breath for some reason. I also had this overall anxious feeling with tightness in my chest, much like how I would imagine chlosterphobia feels…and I’m not chlosterphobic. After the lessons, I’ve got the moves and form down alright but the breathing thing is what I cannot get the hang of. I couldn’t seem to find the rhythm to turn my head to the side at the right time to get a deep breath. I would end up with a shallow breath or a mouth full of water. Then I would get extremely frustrated.

My instructor would change things up on me and I don’t know if that was good or bad. Also, the pool was only 5’1” deep and I’m 5’9” so I felt like I had the security of just standing up if I got into trouble. I wonder if this worked against me. I could swim from one end of the pool to the other, take a breath, swim back, take a breath and swim back. I just couldn’t get a breath in the middle anywhere.

She tried to teach me the breaststroke but I couldn’t get my legs to coordinate so she had me do the moves for homework. The next day, she didn’t even mention the breaststroke! And I did my homework, my abs were sore from so much frog leg movement!

One good thing: I can now breath while I doggie paddle and for that reason alone I have more confidence in the water. I am done with lessons at this point so it is what it is. If in the future, another opportunity arises for me to take more lessons (which are more convenient to me, these were in a little town 30 minutes away), I will definitely do that. I had paid for four private lessons that were part of a price break; paying for four more at full price wasn’t appealing to me.
As far as the obstacles go, I have the option of going around any that I don’t feel confident in doing. I’m brave but I’m not stupid.

I ran 7 miles yesterday and it felt great. I think my average pace was 10:17. It’s funny because my energy and overall feeling when I run fluctuates so much. Some days I just feel “heavy” if that even makes sense and yesterday I clipped right along, up and down small hills even!

I recently started doing squats and push-ups with my mini pull-ups; I even did 60 (3 sets of 20) triceps dips this morning. Oh how I dislike those but my they are so effective!

Oh, and I am determined to get 1000 fitness minutes this month! I passed 900 in September so it is within my reach! I meant to add that to my goals and forgot, so what if it's Oct. 11.

Well, it's Friday!! Have a great weekend Sparkies & thanks for reading my blog!
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    Good on you for getting out there to work on your weaknesses. I am not a great swimmer and have wanted to do some swim stroke lessons, but so far in my adult life I have not. Maybe this will be my year!
    1560 days ago
  • IRP1114
    I never took swim lessons either. Same here only know how to not drown basically lol : D! Glad you made some progress with the few lessons. Hope your next ones give you the confidence to do even more races in the future ; ).
    Way to go with those runs. Sounds like you are gaining endurance! I like it when I get out to run and it feels good not heavy. For me I notice it has a lot to do with how much and quality of sleep I get.
    Never too late to add more goals or to start a new goal for the month! Very doable goal.
    Good luck with the mud run!!! When is it?
    1563 days ago
    You are so impressive with the swimming lessons! And wow I didn't realize you were tall like me...I'm 5"10. And I totally know what you mean about somedays you feel light as a feather and somedays you are almost dragging. I decided to do the app Gorilla Workout. You can select your level, there are videos for proper technique and you can chose the level you are at. It was .99$ and when I chose the boot camp work out that was .99$. But it's a lot better than flipping back and forth in a book to figure out what you are doing. Hope you have a great weekend too. I'm hoping this plantars fasciitis quits it's flare up and I can get back to doing my normal workouts!
    1563 days ago
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