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 Walking 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.

Swimming 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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