Monthly Archives: July 2009

Swimming vs Running


My friend, master swimmer and new swim “coach” Sam shared these videos with me – very interesting stuff!

Alexander Popov Swimming Technique:

This is very helpful as I continue to focus on improving my form and timing!

These next two videos demonstrate the muscles used by running and freestyle swimming. It makes me very happy I’ve taken up swimming to balance out running!

Muscles Used In Swimming Freestyle:

Muscles Used In Running:

What I Ate Today – 07.28.2009

fork-spoon1 Today was a friend’s birthday so we took her out for a birthday lunch. No, I didn’t go crazy and have cake or even a piezookie (even though I deserved one for getting my order messed up) but BJ’s Brewery’s menu is not yet on CalorieKing so I have no idea how many calories were in my lunch. So for today, I’m leaving out the calorie count.

5:00 am: 1/2 cup of Erin Baker’s Double Chocolate Chunk Granola

8:30 am: Strawberry/Banana/Soy Milk/Flax Seed Oil Smoothie

11:00 am: 1 hard-boiled egg white

12:30 pm: Santa Fe Salad > I went high maintenance:
– Add shrimp
– No Tortilla Strips
– Easy on the cheese
– Dressing on the side (I barely had any; just dipped my fork in it once or twice)

3:00 pm: 1 hard-boiled egg white
1/2 c of Back to Nature Chocolate Delight Granola

5:30 pm: Cherries
1/2 cup of Erin Baker’s Double Chocolate Chunk Granola

8:00 pm: 1 medium sweet potato,baked
1/2 piece of top sirloin steak, grilled on my indoor grill


* Body Pump in the AM
* Swimming in the PM

Listen to Me!

runn “Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest…Listen to your body if it needs to rest.” This was a tweet posted this morning from @Runners_Lounge

Monday is one of my running days but on this Monday morning, I woke up with some aches and pains (in the usual areas). My first instinct was, “I’m not limping, so I can still run…” But then I heard the voice of a wise friend (Alex) who told me, “One of the most important things an athlete can learn to do is listen to you body and rest when it needs it” (or something like that).

Taking it easy is one of the hardest things for me to do. My first instinct is to always push myself to the limit, but I have to keep the big picture in mind. My goal between now and September is to completely heal, 100%, from this nagging hamstring injury so I can properly train for Vegas in December. So this morning, I had to force myself to take it easy and instead of running, I went out for a walk.

I think that walking is harder than running. I really do. So why do I think that walking is “taking it easy.” LOL. I walked for exactly 60 minutes and according to my Garmin 305, burned 247 calories – pretty decent for a walk. As I stretched after my walk, I knew I had made the right decision by listening to my body.

What I love about swimming is that it gets my heart rate up, like running, but there’s no impact on my body. Plus, it works the arms and core. Sweet!

I had a fantastic swimming class tonight. It was the start of a new class so there were several new people, again, all at different levels. Lucky for me, my friend Sylvia signed up for another session, so we continued to swim together and give each other pointers. Its great to have someone in class that is at a similar level that I can compare notes with.

As soon as I got in the water, I did a few warm-up laps, then started swimming freestyle. Teacher Marie spent a lot of time with the new people so Sylvia and I just kept swimming on our own. I felt like I was doing good; I was swimming end-to-end without stopping, but its really hard to tell how my form is since I can’t see myself. When Marie got to me, she said, “You’re looking really good; your rhythm is starting to come together.” I was so happy! Yay! Finally, progress!

Then Marie told Sylvia and I that she is going to bring in tapes of the World Swimming Championships going on in Rome this week, so we can see the form of the elite from different camera angles. We just looked at each other and said, “wow, this must be a good thing!”

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