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Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Four

1. I had to do last week's long run on my own because I had a friend coming to town for the weekend, so I decided it was as good a time as any to try to pick up the pace a bit.  Since I started PT I'd been taking it very easy and hadn't really tried to see how my butt would respond to a bit more effort.  My plan was to run it as a progressive long run and back off if I ever got to a pace that caused pain.  I ended up being very pleased with the paces that I was able to run and I didn't have pain during the run.  I was, however, pretty sore for the rest of the weekend.  I was hoping it was the "right" muscles that were sore (because they were finally working) since it was not the pain that I was having before.  It's so hard for me to differentiate between all the muscles back there.

2. When I started swimming again in January, I knew it would be a good idea to pick a distance and time trial it every few weeks to track my progress. I debated between 1000 and 1650 and went with 1650 because it was closer to the actual race distance. So obviously that would be a better marker of my progress, or at least that was my rationale. Last week when I prepared to do my second time trial, I really wished I'd picked 1000 the first time. It's just a much more reasonable distance!  But I felt like I'd committed myself and a 1000 time just wouldn't be quite the same, even if I was looking at pace per 100.  I'll think more carefully next time I pick a TT distance for a future training cycle.

3.  I've discovered it's extremely relaxing to lie on the floor with an ice pack on your hip/butt.  I don't know why, but I almost fall asleep every time.

4. To reward myself for all of this swimming (and in advance of a big swim planned for Saturday), I picked up a new suit on Wednesday.


10 comments:

Sarah said...

I love the new suit! So cute.

and I actually need to do a TT. I have no clue how fast/slow I swim?

Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) said...

Hmm. I've never done ice on the butt/hip. Ice baths certainly help the issue though but I am avoiding those at all costs...at least until next week.

amy said...

Hard to differentiate the muscles back there. Yup.

Katie said...

bahaha. how many muscles do you have back there? can't wait for our big girl swim!

Beth said...

Mmmm, floor naps. There's really nothing better.

That Pink Girl said...

LOVE the new suit. Too cute!

Rachel said...

hahaha cute suit! my time trials are 1,000 and are quite long enough - i can't imagine 1,650!

Elizabeth said...

Cute suit! I am glad the swimming is going so well for you!

Dash said...

Cute suit!! Glad you are feeling better since starting PT!

B.o.B. said...

yay for good sore! that's awesome. and i'm gonna try that ice on the floor gig just to see if it helps me sleep. ha!

i feel ya on the swim. when did 1,000 not seem like enough anymore? LOVE the suit.