Posts tagged swimming

Running

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running. Meaning: I hate it and I love hating it.

But one of my goals is to get my mile time down to 8 minutes or less. I was down to eight minutes during my senior year of college, after breaking my legs and taking a conditioning running class to get back into it. I think with hard work and determination I can be there again soon.

Tonight I reached my personal best mile time since I started running using the Nike Running App on my iPhone. I’ve put about 60 miles on it so far and my run time tonight was 2.6 miles in 32 minutes, equating to 12 minute miles.

Not great, but a good place to start. Especially since I jogged almost the entire way and I’m used to taking long walking breaks, which really adds to your time. I’m looking to get to 10 minute miles for three mile runs as a baseline and then work up from there. But for now I’m just happy my thighs have stopped rubbing against each other.

I also got in a 1600m swim in 40 minutes today so I’m feeling pretty good about my Monday workout.

Gotta get back on that horse after gorging myself over Thanksgiving…

 

 

Swimming is…

… my favorite thing to do.

There are no email alerts, text messages or voicemails underwater. There’s no grunting. No annoying TV shows muted with the captions on. There’s no sound at all besides the water rushing past your ear.

It requires mental focus, physical control and good form to slice through the water at a sustainable clip. You have to hold your breath and sometimes fight that fear of suffocation you get when you’re working hard underwater.

I’ve been a swimmer all my life. I was swimming before I was walking. I did swim team and was a lifeguard in high school. So one of the things that resonates with me as a lifelong swimmer is Adam and Cathy’s attention to form.

Whether using kettlebells, rowing in the gym or just doing pushups both of them are constantly paying attention to and correcting my form to maximize benefit and reduce bodily harm.

One of my goals for this project is to reduce my mile (1600m) time and at the beginning of the month I was swimming 1600m in about 40 minutes. Yesterday, I swam 2000m in 40 minutes.

My cardio fitness is already better than it was just three personal training sessions ago…