I don’t call myself the Unsporty Woman for nothing. I truly do not have a sporty bone in my body. It was a minor miracle that the stars lined up to set me on the path to becoming a runner.
For anyone struggling with running goals just remember that if I can do this running thing anyone can. Build up slowly, keep trying, don’t give up; believe that you can. If I can transform myself from non-runner to runner, then you can too! Trust me!
Enter swimming. A few short months ago we joined a pool and gym. At first I was reluctant to do more than paddle around in the pool. I didn’t have proper bathers and didn’t feel the part. I was nervous that if I tried to swim a lap I’d run out of puff and sink! It had been years since I’d done any serious lap swimming.
It was time to get serious. Just like when I started running and bought myself some new shoes and some running tights, I went out and invested in a pair of decent swimmers designed for lap swimming. It’s funny how looking the part helps with confidence. And like with the running gear, I entered into a contract with myself: If you spend that money on swimmers you have to swim!
I’m pleased to say that after four months I’m able to swim 500m without stopping and swim it well and confidently. Perhaps not elegantly or fast, but I don’t feel like I’m going to drown. I’m in complete control during each lap. It’s time to start increasing the distance.
Yet again I’ve learnt that I can train my body to do things that I don’t think I can do. My first 25m lap had a little rest in the middle! Now I can do 500m just like that. I’m very proud of myself. And I love it. I love the rhythm and flow of lapping up and down the pool. I love the sound of the bubbles as I breathe out and the whoosh and swish as my arms pull the water and I move slowly forwards.
My try a Triathlon dreams are very much alive and well. Still not sure when, not for a few years maybe. It’s nice to be mixing up the training and doing something that is fun and therapeutic all at the same time.
Most of my swim dates are with Janette which is just lovely. It’s so nice to have someone encouraging me along and who gets the whole joy of being fit and moving. Joining the gym and pool was Janette’s suggestion thanks to a voucher that she had for a month’s free membership. It never would’ve occurred to me. We have to drive an hour to the complex but since we’re in Launceston for so many things we combine our other activities with a trip to the pool too.
Swimming: another lesson that’s taught me that if I persevere I can achieve fitness goals. Another example of believing in myself, building up slowly and refusing to quit. Best of all it’s given me the opportunity to achieve something, and now to take a little pause, look back and say I didn’t quit! I kept going and now I can swim a pretty long way for an Unsporty Woman. And as always, if I can do these things then you can too!
Happy running 🙂
Ps I haven’t had a go on a bike yet…best do that soonish.
PPs fires are still burning but rain is forecast for late Wednesday and the smoke is so much less.