Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Swimming long + My running fear

Yesterday I joined the XP group again down at a pool in way South Tampa. It's a long drive for me, but it's motivating to swim with others who are faster and therefore push me to go faster (because I've got a competitive spirit). I got there early and introduced myself to Courtney who hadn't been there when I was there the time before. We decided to jump in and start a warmup and mini set before everyone else got there. We quickly racked up 1300 yards between a 400 warmup and 9 X 100's descending by three. Then the rest of the group got there, and the set was long. We did a bunch of stuff that ended up adding up to 3400 yards (that's a link to the DailyMile with the full workout). So in total, I swam 4700 yards between the two. When I was done, I was tired.

I had planned on waking up this morning to ride on the UTBT, but when I woke up I could barely move. I decided to take an unplanned rest day since I will be able to workout every other day this week. Plus, it was clear to me last night and the intense sweat session I put myself through the day before I needed a break and some time to recover. Thinking back (to last night), it probably wasn't the smartest to up my yardage that much for recovery purposes, but it was fun to put in that many yards.
 
Here's the problem. I'm starting to really really love swimming and cycling so much that I don't have trouble planning workout weeks without running in them anymore. I haven't been allowed to run since the end of March, so I guess I've just gotten used to it. And to be honest? I'm a little worried that I'm not going to love it as much when I get back to it (next Saturday I'll do on my first attempt...unless I cheat and try next Thursday out). I'm worried that I'll be running and wishing I was swimming or cycling. I'm hoping when I wake up in the morning I look as forward to a run as I do to a swim or a bike ride. And it scares me...what if I don't? 

I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Since I'm having to delay Chicago, I've mentioned that I have to decide on which marathon I want to run in December. But I just keep searching for triathlons. I'm now officially registered for three, and I've got my eyes set on another big one in the fall. I need to focus on finding a marathon.

But! I'm doing something tonight that makes me hopeful that I'll be longing to run again and register for my replacement marathon. I'm going to see Spirit of the Marathon II!
 
I've watched the first one several times, and I watched it a couple of days before the Disney Marathon to get me pumped up and motivated. I'm thinking that means this one will have the same effect. So, my plan is to go see it, come home, and make a decision on which marathon to run in December. I should have a lot to report on if I actually follow through as planned...

When you've been injured have you ever found things to fulfill/replace your love of running?
Do you love swimming, biking, and/or running?
Will I start loving running again?
Are you going to see Spirit of the Marathon II?

So many questions...

19 comments:

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

I love crosstraining, so maybe it'll help you have a new appreciation for running? I look forward to my crosstrain days and my run days respectively. I'm going to see SOTM2 tonight with hubby too and hope it'll get me pumped for MCM training starting up soon!

Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter said...

Woah, that's some serious swimming! I'm glad you love swimming and biking so much. I think you have enough passion for endurance sports to spread to all three events :-)

I'm going to see Spirit of the Marathon 2 tonight also. Patrick told me he'd put money on it that I'll finally pull the trigger on a marathon tonight. I still think I'm going to wait until the fall to decide but we'll see.

Heather @ From Here to There said...

I seriously hope I can love swimming as much as you do one day... it's my absolute least favorite... :( I enjoy biking a lot though! Looking forward to seeing what races you have coming up!

Amanda said...

I've already bought my tickets to see the movie tonight! So excited! I also just won a giveaway for a copy of the first one on DVD that's signed by the producer, so I'm excited about that too!

Stacey Merrill said...

Where are you swimming? You're in my part of town :) It is great that you have found an activity that you are loving as much as running!

Amber said...

I bet you'll still love running. You're so good at it, why wouldn't you?

I would love to pick up swimming and/or cycling.

Rick Stiles said...

It's awesome you've found other activities (cycling, swimming) to love as much as you've loved running. You will love running again. Please start slowly.

Genna said...

i think you are still going to love running! Even though I don't swim or bike, I think it pushes you to another level which you love!

Teamarcia said...

I think it's awesome you used your time away from running so constructively! There's no shame in loving other things. Probably better for your body too!

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

Well, that's a good problem to have! I bet the movie will help restore your motivation. :)

Meghan said...

Who knows? You may run again to find that you love it, or, it just may become something you need to do in order to compete in triathlons! Either way, what matters is that you've found a sport/sports you love!

Karen said...

If you find you don't love running as much anymore, that is fine. Follow your own path :) Maybe you're destined to be more of a killer triathlete instead? That pool looks nice. :)

Christine said...

That's an awesome swim workout. I wasn't able to run for many months last year because of knee surgery and I too started loving my other workouts. However, the cross-training (and not being allowed to run) helped me to appreciate running so much more.

Kristen :) said...

I am running the St. Jude marathon on December 7th; I think they still have spots open if you are interested in a road trip :)

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Curly Pink Runner said...

Pretty sure you're still gonna LOVE running!! :) If you run a little less than you used to to accommodate your other loves (swimming & cycling), cross training will only make you a better runner and all around athlete.

Kristin @ A Mom on the Run said...

All of your swimming and biking posts are making me really want to try a tri.. I'm so scared of the open water swim though!

Jessica B. said...

I vote for your running love will come back. I believe you will be a strong triathlete though. You are doing great. Let me know when your going out to XP again. I have been wanting to go for awhile but I have been scared the swim will kick my butt!

Ari @ The Pace of it All said...

Ok first of all, I think it's neat that there's a group of people you can go swimming with! Very cool. And that's neat that you are doing so great with cross training. I bet that once you start running again you'll realize how much you love it too!