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...