Tuesday, 4 March 2014

A 2014 Project


Ah, hello all! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?



In a nutshell, I haven’t felt that I’ve had very much to say to you all. I’m still not running. And if I’m not running, what could I possibly talk about on a running blog? Well, I guess this hasn’t been a ‘proper’ running blog for over a year now.



That realization hit me the other day while the Brighton half marathon was on. Last year’s Brighton half was my last long race, with the 14-miler the following weekend being my very last long run ever. I don’t think I’ve managed anything more than 3-5 miles since. On a very sunny day, just the other week, I got so excited to get out, I laced up my Brooks and headed out, only to have to stop after about a mile and turn back, hobbling the remaining half mile while cursing under my breath.



Basically, running and I have broken up.



But don’t worry, I’m not just sitting on my couch and binge-eating my way through a Breaking Bad marathon (not most of the days, anyways), I’ve still been doing my CrossFit and some yoga ‘round the house and I’m itching for it to get warmer, drier and less windy (!!!) to get back on my bike and get some mileage in that way.



I like projects. I mean life’s just way more fun when you have a project, a goal to work towards. So I’ve set myself a new one: learn how to swim and learn how to do it properly. After all, before I started running, I called it my nemesis, being unable to jog for more than two minutes at a time. At least I have a pretty decent and speedy breast stroke and even managed to survive a swim relay last summer, so I’m already way ahead in the swimming game than I ever was back then in the running game.


This isn't posed, I promise. I was coming straight out of the water!
So I’ve contacted a swimming coach, I’ve got a good pool just down the road from the house and as I’m not running, I should easily be able to squeeze in two or three swims a week. So watch this space to find out how many gallons of water it is humanly possible to swallow during a sesh and any other adventures I might be getting up to.



Now, where is that swimsuit of mine?



Have you only recently learned how to do a proper front crawl? How did you go about it?



Any tips, suggestions, advice?


10 comments:

  1. Hooray for swimming! You know I'm a convert and if I can grasp it, it won't take you long. See you for some sea swims once it warms up a bit!

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  2. Yay! So excited for you and so proud of you!

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    1. Ha, I shall try my best! ;)

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  3. I wanna learn to swim too, that's one of my goals for this year. Apparently they do lessons down the King Alfred. Lemme know who you find as I'm up for lessons too!

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    1. They do indeed, I just found out. Will start heading over there in a couple of weeks if you wanna come along?!

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  4. Awesome! I've missed you blogging...this sounds like an awesome challenge, and I can't wait to see you master the underwater selfie ;)

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    1. Aww, thanks girls. I promise to try to perfect that underwater selfie just for you!!! ;)

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  5. cool, glad you have braved the storms and bad weather....hope to see you both soon X

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  6. Ooh how exciting! Have just had my first proper lesson but will be watching your blog for tips!!

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