Just Let it GO

28 Feb

The past couple weeks had me remembering that this “no running” experiment is as much a mental game as it is physical.  While physically, I hope to achieve a higher level of fitness by trying different workouts and especially by PICKING UP THOSE WEIGHTS…mentally I was to try to allow myself a bit more leeway if I couldn’t get a workout in.  Let’s say that part is going to be much harder to master.

It was about 2 weeks ago that my son came down with strep, and since he would be home from school I wasn’t going to be able to get my swims in.  As Sam got better my husband got sick, meaning I needed to weave in my weekend P90X time around Sam’s double hockey schedule and somehow, SOMEHOW get my 2+ hour swim in or else I might I kick down a wall.  It’s this mental anguish when things don’t go according to plan that I need to resolve.

This past weekend I put myself to a little test.  For an early birthday gift my folks paid for me to go visit them in Florida along with my sister for a “girls weekend”.   I knew that with my father around, there would be no shortage of workout opportunities, but I also knew if I missed out on some good thrift-store shopping I’d be more upset!  In the layout of the condo there was no room for the P90X workouts so I’d have to skip a couple days of the program.  I made a deal with myself that this was allowed if I repeated the week & managed to get a long swim on Thursday before I left.  (The main punishment here being a repeat of that damn plyometrics routine.)

I’m happy to report that I made it through the weekend with few leisurely walks and only a 20 minute swim without steam escaping from my ears.  It was all very worth it too, considering the great finds at those stores!  Who can argue with a $12 Lily Pulitzer dress?



Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


2 Responses to Just Let it GO

  1. Masahiko

    August 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    As a runner hittnig the pool for some alternate training now and then I can strongly recommend the backstroke as on par or even above the crawl for the running muscles. It’s much easier to do a powerful kick with the legs in the backstroke. I recommend going 25c/25b or 25c/25b/25c/25b times x, though you might also wanna try the occational total backstroke kick 25y with no help from the arms at all, that makes you come into the next crawl 25y with refreshed shoulders without having stopped at all! Also, for a beginner the leg kick in the backstroke transfers to a more powerful leg kick in the crawl faster than anything else, including the kick-board recommended above, those are more useful for the experienced svimmer whom already have a pretty good leg kick, kinda like when an experienced runner does 10 200 sprint intervalls, only good for you if you’re not a newbie, and sometimes not even then.

    • mbars1

      August 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you for the ideas! I have been hitting the pools a lot this year.
      Happy swimming to you!


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