Swimathon 2017 #blogsquad

Cast your mind back to March last year, when I swam 5k at the London Aquatics Centre. Well, I am delighted to announce that I am once again #blogsquad ambassador for Swimathon. I’m so happy to have this goal to work towards, following a bout of (proper) flu, then a chest infection in December and January, my swimming has fallen slightly by the wayside – stripping down to a swimsuit and getting into a slightly cold pool isn’t that inviting when you’re feeling under the weather!

FOCUS!

So now it’s time to focus and build up my swim strength again. After taking on the 5k challenge for the past couple of years, I have decided this time to go for the 2.5k challenge. You might wonder why I would choose a shorter distance, knowing that I can swim the 5, but I really want to get faster! I have found that, when I increase my distance, I get slower. With a summer of triathlons and swimming events lined up, I would love to build my speed and my confidence. On Monday morning I did a post-school-run swim, which felt blissful, it’s such a positive start to the week! I did feel slow though, but this swim was about finding a rhythm and enjoying the water, the pace can pick up later.

Are you signed up to swim the challenge? Why not share you stories in the comments section and tell me about your goals?

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Leaden legs

I decided to run to Hector’s swimming lesson – and back – today. Last time we did this he fell asleep on the way and it messed up his sleep for the rest of the day, but recently he’s been napping much later, so I thought we’d be ok. I was umming and ahhing about doing it, but thought I wouldn’t get a run in otherwise, so went for it. It’s a super bumpy ride, with all of the run being done on pavements with their uneven slabs and the ups and downs of the kerbs, so it felt like hard work. My legs in particular were really challenging me, talk about heavy! As soon as I set off I knew it was going to be a difficult one, I’ve not felt like this in a long time and I’m not sure why. As I struggled up the hilly bits, puffing and panting, I wondered if it might be because I didn’t have much of a carby dinner last night (chicken with salad then yoghurt) but I did have my usual porridge and honey for breakfast. Hmmmm.

Apart from the lead-limbs, things were going well and Hector was nice and lively…until we reached the road the swimming pool is on and he didn’t even respond to a digger. Arrghgh! I rushed into the changing room and whipped him out of the buggy, poor thing looked horrified and I seriously considered turning right back round and running home, but he soon picked up when he realised we were going swimming. I thought I might feel a bit better on the return journey but my legs still felt heavy and I also now felt really hungry! We were stopped along the way by a woman carrying a tiny baby, she wanted to know all about our buggy 🙂

When I do this sort of run with the buggy I really need to keep my wits about me, with cars coming out of nowhere and people at bus stops wandering aimlessly into our path. We very nearly mowed down a postie who stepped out in front of us from a side road. I was able to stop myself but he had the big front wheel between his feet and I pictured him falling flat on his face. Luckily he just stepped over it and we all carried on our way!

Hector didn’t catch up on his sleep and has only now gone down for a nap. This should be interesting: early hours rising and wanting to play maybe?

Oh, and it’s snowing again now!

Time: 54.02 minutes

Distance: 5.15 miles

Average Pace: 10.29

Best Pace: 7.37

Calories: 533