I am such a creature of habit. Once I decide to do something on a regular basis — like my group runs with Pacers Silver Spring Fun Runners on Tuesday and Thursday nights — I am almost ridiculously committed to maintaining that routine.
Which is why I’m particularly proud of the brand-new swimming routine I’ve carved out for myself. I had convinced myself that swimming was way too time-consuming for everyday purposes, and that I should relegate myself to the stationary bike until I could run again. I realized pretty quickly how self-defeating that attitude was, and decided to make a point to schedule three swims per week until I can run again. Once I decided it was just that simple, it was.
While I was at it, I decided to break out of my routine of doing a quick 3,000 meters, then heading home. I started playing with the number, resolving only to NOT do exactly 3,000 meters. This led to a great 3,450-meter workout on Monday, and an awesomely tough 3,300 meters yesterday. Here’s the workout, which I did mostly with a pull buoy:
500 warmup. Main set: 300 free, first six strokes of every 50 fast; 3X100 stroke (I alternated free and breaststroke); 6X 50 free; repeat whole set three times.
For the umpteenth time, I realized my thoughts have the power to seriously influence my athletic performance, my mood and my general outlook on life. Thanks to a quick tweak to my pre-workout thought patterns, I’m actually looking forward to my next swim.