When I started running, I did it just for fun. My goal was just to finish a 5k. I was 3 months postpartum (and c-section) after Miss V and I remember it was a very slow (somewhere around 48?) and painful race. I didn't have much faith in myself. I had run a fair amount but didn't really know about training or pacing.
Jump ahead ALMOST 6 years and I have grown so much as a person and as a runner. First of all I call myself a runner. I have run numerous 5ks, a few 4 mile runs, a hand full of 10ks, & 4 half marathons. Second I KNOW what it's like to train. I know what it looks and feels like to be out running 3-4 times a week. I know that running 9 or 10 miles to train for a 5k is something that my former running coach told me is important. Third I also understand nutrition and how important it is to running. Also hydration! I have always struggled with getting enough water and correct nutrition. But as a runner I understand (even if I don't always follow it) how important those things are.
One thing that I have been told over and over and see on a lot on the running pages I follow is cross training. Cross training is basically any exercise that you do besides running. A lot of runners swim or bike or do weight training. I haven't ever been too serious about cross training. I have done some weight training but never gotten too serious about it. Until this year! The year of the marathon means there are NO EXCUSES! So this week my running partner Kellie and I decided enough is enough and we went to our local high school to sign up for swimming. Our high school is lucky enough to have an indoor pool with lanes and a dive well. We decided that we would swim once a week and keep setting goals for ourselves and really get serious about cross training.
So you know I got serious and bought a swim cap! I wanted to look official! Do I look like a swimmer?!
Hey we may not to be the BEST swimmers or go very far but you know what? We gave it our all and were still smiling after! We did 10 laps (down and back) with varying strokes. We both felt like we had a great time and got a good workout. We decided to calculate how far we went . . . are you ready? We swam . . . a total of .284 miles. YEP! Just over a quarter of a mile. It's not much but that's farther than I've done before. I've set a new goal for this weeks swim so we will see how this week goes! I feel like I need some swim goggles because of my contacts but maybe I'll just try to go without my contact.
Watch out world! We are not messing around! We are ready to get in shape and tackle this marathon!