Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April 28th, May 1st & 2nd – 3.70 Mile Run, Sprain & 1.5 Mile Swim

The continued prayer is, “Lord keep me focused. Keep my mind stayed on You. Help me to bring You praise. I know You believe in me. Please help me in my unbelief. Amen.”

April was a rough month for fitness. I did just over 30 miles for the entire month and I can’t remember the last time my mileage was that low.

Nothing I can do about that except keep moving forward.

April 28th – 3.70 Mile Run
This was a great run. It was a new route…. partially. I didn’t want to do too much distance because the race that I am training for is only 3 miles. I am more interested in strength training. But I noticed that if I took a left turn on a route that I do frequently, I could find a new route that was partially trail and had more challenging terrain and elevation. So I wanted to give it try.

That’s what this run was about.

This was the first run I’ve done in a while that was in proper running shoes. Seemed like it should have been good, but I was actually in quite a bit of pain when I was done.

May 1st – SPRAIN!!!!
Chris and I spent the weekend doing yard work. Chris did most of the work and I am crazy proud of him! We replaced the sod on the front half of our rather large front yard.

Replacing your own sod will remind you why it was a good idea to stay in school. I am in awe of people who do that kind of thing well and I am *SO* grateful that I don’t do that kind of work to make my living. It is *hard* work!!!

After we were done with everything, I was watering some spare sod in the backyard, stepped in a hole that Sarah had dug and rolled my ankle. Argh!!!

So frustrating. I was supposed to run that day but that was put on hold. Being middle aged is really getting on my nerves!

May 2nd – 1.5 Mile Swim
I didn’t work out on Saturday because we spent the day laying sod. I skipped my workout yesterday because I hurt myself doing something lame. I absolutely had to do something today. My only option was to swim.

The community pool is down the street about a mile away and I am not healthy enough to run even that far so I had to drive. It is frustrating when my body betrays me but if I want to compete well at the race this weekend, I have to be realistic about my limitations.

So I put on the two-piece, which is new for me. I usually only wear a two-piece in my back yard. Not that I’m shy. I like what I have to work with and I’m very objective about myself. I’m not one of those super skinny chicks who thinks she’s fat. Neither am I one of those who’s circus fat and thinks she’s Kelly Ripa. I’m a woman-sized woman. Curvy and OK with it.

So I dragged my curves out to the public pool, paid the entry fee, limped across the deck and dropped in. I was totally indifferent toward the aqua aerobics class that was in session and the super hot, young life guards who are there for my protection.

This swim was great. I was able to swim a mile in 30 minutes. That’s really good for me. It used to take me nearly an hour to swim a mile. I thought I would still have a little trouble with my ankle, but it was great! Absolutely wonderful the entire time. No pain. No cramping in my feet like I thought I would. I was able to forget I was injured for a few minutes.

So I swam another half mile and went home. I should sleep well. Looking forward to a good race this weekend. Fingers crossed!


  1. You swim a whole lot better than me... and you look just great in the 2 piece.

    I also often find myself "cross training" in the garden, and it can be a reall good workout.

  2. I think you look mighty good in that 2-piece.
    You are one confident woman!

  3. Thanks, Christine!
    You amaze me. Love your blog!

  4. Awww, hang in there with that sprain. Yikes.

    You rock that two piece, that's for sure! And DAMN, a mile in half an hour????? You are a rockstar at swimming!