Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Updating Goals

I feel good so far about how I've been consistent for the past week.  I missed swimming on Thursday but ended up swimming on Saturday instead, not because I felt like I needed to but because I was in the mood to do it.  And I haven't missed one day of running yet!  In fact, I've been racking up the miles, and now that I'm pretty much right at 100 miles, I'm pushing the bar up a little further to 150 miles.  Right now I'm running six or seven miles a week, but before nine weeks is up I'll (hopefully) be up to running 9 per week.

One goal I have right now is to continue the Couch to 5K program and to stick with it exactly.  Run the program by the book on the road three times per week without skipping or lingering.  I was highly tempted to linger on week 1, but I tried day 1 week 2 yesterday and hardly even felt challenged.

Another goal is to be able to swim one mile without stopping. I'd like that goal to happen about the time I'm able to run 3 miles in 30 minutes.  The first step is to get to one mile in a single session.  At the Golds Gym lap pool that's 66 pool lengths, or 33 laps.  I swam 20 laps on Tuesday and Thursday last week, so this week I'm going to try swimming 21 laps.  My time per lap is dramatically decreasing as I go along, so hopefully by the time I get to swimming a mile nonstop I'll be doing it also in a reasonable amount of time.

Related to that goal, I want to eventually learn how to turn around smoothly at the end of the pool to eliminate the necessity to stop at the end of the lane to start again.  Right now it's fine because I usually need the rest anyway, but I think it'll be helpful to have more experience with continuous swimming as I get better at it.

And yes, you guessed it right.  I'm considering a mini-triathlon next summer.

Oh, and while I'm here, a little side-note.  I am way too clumsy be a professional athlete - I fell down the stairs at home yesterday and twisted my ankle pretty bad.  It's all swollen and hurty today, so running tomorrow may be nixed.  It is annoying that every time I start trying to get in shape I hurt myself!


  1. Were you able to run after that? I am still on track. Finished week 2 day 3 today and am moving on to week 3 day 1 on Tuesday. Although, my run today was soooo hard. I didn't think I was going to be able to finish. Hopefully Tuesday goes better because I so do not feel ready to take on the three minute runs after just 1:30 of walking.

    Hope things are going well!

  2. Nope. I haven't run since then. My ankle STILL hurts - there is no VISIBLE bruising, but it is very tender to touch still, and I don't want to make it worse by running on it, especially since my ankles are what hurt the most when I run.

    I do plan on swimming a few times this week, though. I am trying not to get out of the habit too much and at this point I'm addicted to the stress release of exercise.

    You're going to do fine with week 3. I never think I'll be able to move on to the next week in the program, and then once I try it, I can do it. Getting past that first interval is the hardest part. Then once you've done it you can tell yourself, "I've done this before, and I can do it again!" over and over again. That's what has gotten me through.