Saturday, February 20, 2016

A meh swim becomes a great swim, and an (outside!) running mini-victory

I hit the pool last night, for the first time in a week and a half. I wasn't expecting anything fast coming off the Great Winter Cold of 2016. I did my warmup and drills, and a bunch of 200s, and geared up for 10 x 100. It seemed SOOOOO long and SOOOOO insurmountable. I told myself, if your pace stops dropping, you can wrap up early.

I took a second off from the first repeat to the second. Then three seconds off. Then another second. Then another. Well, crap. I'm going to have to do all of these, because I can't quit now. Another second. Another two. I ended the last two with a — I make no secret on here that I'm slow — 1:59 and a 1:57. I was thrilled!

I went back to my logs to see if I made 1:anythings this time last year. From what I can tell, I managed one sub 2:00 100-meter repeat last February, but I didn't do another one until March. So, I'm technically ahead of last year! Hooray!

4.25 miles, OUTSIDE, in capris.

In ridiculous Michigan weather fashion, we've had two days in a row with temperatures reaching at least 60 degrees. I couldn't make it for a run between work and swim yesterday, but you bet your butt I was out there today.

I managed 4.25 miles in just less than 45 minutes. Not bad! I had a few twinges in my knee but no real pain. This was the longest I've run since my October marathon! And, it was the first time I've run in a week and a half, as the Great Winter Cold of 2016 also set me back here. A decent run, feeling OK, in the fresh air and sunshine? YES PLEASE.

I had spent two hours on the trainer before my run, and I finished up the long training day with a weights video and my plyo moves. I am sore and tired! I will take it easy tomorrow and hopefully start the new week off on the right foot.

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