So 2010 is here and it’s looking rather, well, I’ve seen better days and I’ve seen worse. I have still been having pain in my knee on occasion and it’s tender to the touch, but I have been implementing new workouts into my routine and I feel that this is really helping it allow me to still run when need be. So the new workouts do include swimming, and I have to admit, I do not like getting my hair wet that often, and I have too much hair for a swim cap to keep it completely dry, but overall, I really do like swimming. I was skeptical that I would feel like I was getting in a good workout, but it just works out different types of your body and I really like that. I can feel my back and arms getting stronger when I swim as well. Though I love running, right now my knee is just not cooperating as I would like it too, so mixing it up is really helpful to me and giving my knee a break.
That being said, I’ve been working out a decent amount since 2010 started. I had to switch up my training plan because of my new part-time job, tutoring in English, I switched my rest days to Monday and Wednesday and I will be working out on both weekend days. I actually am okay with this since I’m pretty tired at work if I work out almost every day of the week. Therefore here are some of the workouts I’ve done this year thus far.
New Years Eve was greeted with a mini triathlon in the gym. If there is time, I really could work out for a long time, alas time is fleeting and I’m usually limited to an hour. I luckily had a few extra days off and got in some stellar workouts. I am not the biggest fan of the gym either, but if I’m in the zone I can just pump iron with the best of them. Yea, not so much, but hey! It’s an attempt! So I ran one mile in 7:24 on the old treadmill, biked as hard as I could for three miles on the stationary bike, and then decided that I would attempt to swim. I swam about 1500 m, which is a lot for me and it felt great. I really focused on using my arms and when I swim, at this point, I don’t kick at all really. I was pretty exhausted after this workout but felt really good. I made my last 50m in under a minute because I wanted to see where I was if I timed myself.
New Year’s Day was another mini tri in the gym, and this time I added weights because I wanted to see how I would swim if I really wore my arms out first. Ran one mile, faster than the day before, at 7:13, biked 3 miles at a higher level to try to kill myself and then opted to hit the weights. Now, me hitting the weights is basically me doing the cable cross machine, sit ups, and bicep dips over my shoulder. So we are not talking heavy lifting. So I did my three sets of 12 on each of my given weights and then did 150 sit ups and went out to the pool. I swam 2500m and felt great. I just kept going back and fourth back and fourth. Also, it helps me to count the laps by thinking in my head the entire time about what lap I’m on. If I’m on lap six, I chant, six, six, six, six, in my head the entire time. Weird, but it works out really well. That was a LOT of swimming, but I worked a lot on my breathing and engaging my arms and pushing myself through the water. Then I wanted to beat my time from the previous session and made my last 50m in :54 seconds! I am becoming a dolphin!
Sunday was a rest day, along with Monday and Tuesday was my first day back out strictly running. The small break I had given my knee seemed to be helpful and it didn’t start hurting until mile 4 of my 5 miler run. BUT, it was a great run because of my new schedule I get home much earlier and can still run in the daytime! Hooray for not getting attacked or ran over by cars! So I ran pretty quickly yesterday, because I wanted to be home before dark and made it just in time. I iced my knee and everything seemed to be okay for the most part. It’s been a little tender, but I’m making sure it’s mobile and I walk around a little at work.
Yesterday was another rest day since I had to tutor at night after work, which I’m okay with. I really like having my rest days during the week actually. That being said, tonight after work is another gym sesh and my swim coach is going with me to see how I’m improving. He came to one of my little workout sessions when I swam and told me that I had improved a ton and that he was very proud of me for swimming so much so quickly. When swimming I really focused on my breathing and going slow. Sometimes for some reason I feel like I have to speed around the pool like Jaws on the hunt, but swimming is more about relaxing and just repetition and focusing on making your arms work for you.
So 2010 is starting out on the right workout foot, and I plan to keep it up, especially as I get ready for Surf City the first weekend of February, exactly one month from today.