Good things are happening. The swimming continues to go incredibly well, second time out I swam just over a mile in just under an hour. I did a whole happy dance right there in the pool. Tomorrow I get to start drills (in addition to lap swimming) and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m still trying to get my bike out of jail but in the meantime the spinning is also going well, we’re adding load and increasing RPMs. So two out of three disciplines are going well and improving at a good clip. Woo hoo!
Then there’s the running. The running is improving, just at a painfully slow rate. After a few weeks of steady improvement tonight was just a nightmare run. For my last couple of runs I’ve been dealing with some cramping in my calves. I’ve been trying different things to mitigate it but tonight it was really bad, making my planned tempo run into intervals of running and stretching. It was incredibly frustrating and as I sat down to make my notes to my coach I just started crying. It’s not typical for me to deal with frustration by crying, but that’s what’s happening tonight so that’s what I’m going to go with. It’s probably not the last time I’ll cry during this process.
This is, I suppose, exactly what I signed on for. I wanted to push out of my comfort zone and do things I’m not good at – and I’m certainly achieving that goal. And while it’s a bit disappointing, i think it definitely worked out for the best to postpone the marathon, the pressure is off and I can really take my time with this.
So, in response to my shitty run, I decided to add stuff to my Pinterest Motivational Board, because this is exactly the situation for which it was created, and I found this quote:
“The measure of greatness is not found in your accomplishments. It’s in how much discouragement it takes to stop you.” I wasn’t able to find a source for the quote but whoever you are, I appreciate your wisdom. And I’m prepared to be as fucking “great” at running as I have to be.
For now, I’ll look forward to spinning and swimming tomorrow!
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