Thursday, August 10, 2006

Catching Up

I've been a bad blogger! A whole week without a post is just so unlike me.

I haven't been running and I'm in the middle of a big project for work that is taking up all of my time, so I haven't had much of anything to share.

I did go swimming for the first time on Sunday. My boyfriend and I went on one of his friend's boats to a nearby lake. We dropped the anchor and I swam in circles around the boat for a half hour or so.

I kept changing up the strokes I was doing with each lap....trying to remember all the things I had been taught as a child. I still couldn't bring myself to do the "proper" swimming technique with my head in the water and breathing to the side. The few times I tried it, all I kept doing was inhaling water and then stopping to cough. I was surprised how out of breath I kept getting. I didn't remember swimming being that taxing in my younger years. But I was probably just in better shape back then!

It was a good reminder of how much I do enjoy being in the water, so at least now maybe I will be more likely to seek out swimming as an alternate activity. But, I think I may need some coaching if I am going to actually have any success at swimming as cross training. Otherwise my "swimming" will consist of frolicking in the water and doing the back stroke!

The most important thing was that the swimming didn't hurt my ankle! Yeah!

I have actually been pain free while walking for the past 5 days in a row! Woo Hoo! So, I'm very happy about that. My plan is to start doing some walking as cross training now that I am able to do so without limping.

I've been thinking that I'd go out in the next few days and do a little test run. Just see how far I can get before my ankle tells me to stop. I'll run the 1/2 mile loop around my house, so worst case scenario would be my ankle starts hurting at the farthest out point and I'd have to walk 1/4 mile home. I'll post about how it goes.


  1. glad to hear your ankle is feeling better. hang in there.

  2. At least the swim didn't hurt! Keep healing!

  3. I'm so glad that you're not limping anymore!! I've been waiting for you to post with an update, lady. Keep up with the swimming and cross-training, too. You'll be back in tip top form in no time. Just wait and see...

    Have you figured out a new "goal" race? Or is Chicago still a possibility?!

  4. Good luck! Enjoy the swimming! With not being able to get to the pool when it is open, I sure miss it!!!

    I be thinking about you ankle! Take care of it!

  5. Hang in there. Sounds like things are getting better. Keep it up!

  6. Sounds like you are on the mend! Take it easy on that ankle and good luck with your 1st run with it.

  7. Good to see a new post. Keep healing, and hope it's better soon!

  8. I'm glad that you are on the mend. Swimming is so nice in the Summer, even if it's indoors. Good luck on your trial run!

  9. swimming in the lake sounds awesome. it DOES take time before that breathing thing comes back!