Friday, February 1, 2013

42 Lengths....

Today I swam. Took the day off running because for some reason my calves were sore. I looked back at my weekly mileage for the past 3 months & I realised that in starting a marathon training plan I had suddenly doubled my average weekly mileage. D'Oh! Don't get me wrong...I have been doing some serious working out the past 3 months, usually double workouts of strength training, core and either running or biking, but mostly I've just been running what I felt like at the time....to the tune of maybe 13-15 miles per week. So yeah, a day in the pool seemed like a good idea.

Until I had to face getting wet. I hate it. I know it doesn't make sense. But I just hate that jump. Seriously, I swam 12 hours a week for 4 freakin' years when I played varsity waterpolo in university & I still hate it. Then it took me 42 lengths to stop feeling negative about being wet & cold. That nice pleasant groove lasted exactly 20 lengths. Then I got a wicked goggle headache & just gutted out the last 18. So, 80 lengths (2000 yards) in 45 minutes. Sucky pace. But I will say that I definitely feel like I worked out. Nothing gives me a good full body tired like swimming.

So, to all you swimmers out there:
Can you recommend a good pair of goggles? I really cannot find a pair that fits properly & doesn't leak (I have a small head) or that doesn't give me a headache.

Also, just a helpful tip...I don't recommend doing the above workout after going to Red Lobster for lunch with the girls from work. Oi.

As for the photos...they made me laugh out loud ;)

Happy Running!





7 comments:

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

80 lengths. ugh. I know, pretty much without a shadow of a doubt, that I will never be a triathlete. The swimming would be bad, just bad.

Kate Geisen said...

Gah. My longest swim was exactly 42 lengths. No competitive swimming background here, and I hated the first fourth or more. I was always glad when a little comfort kicked in and it felt more natural.

TriMOEngr said...

Not a sucky pace. I did 100 yards less and took about 5 min longer. Though I was never competitive at anything. I don't like the first jump in either, but the first few lengths are always good because I feel stronger then than when I get tired. Laps 5-25 seem to be the worst because once I feel like I'm over the "hump" (half-way-ish), I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't so bad. Way to listen to your body and cross-train as needed.

Patty White said...

I don't swim very well and thinking about getting some training. The pace sounds awesome! Yeah Red lobster after workout or before a race is never a good idea :)

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

That "swim tired" is the best!!! I just wanna get in a hot shower and then eat a big bowl of cereal when I am done!! Nice job on it!!

Jamie said...

Hey 45 minutes isn't that bad! And you'll just improve from there! I just swam a mile for the first time in awhile, I love how I feel after swimming but I'm always so HUNGRY!

I wear Speedo vanquishers, for women. Maybe those would work for you?

dreambigrunner.com said...

The swim is tough, especially around this time where it is cold outside. But you did it, good job!