Running and swimming in the snow.

I ran in a true “snow” for the first time yesterday morning.  Granted, it was only a couple of inches, but I decided to try to do it without Yak Traks, et al. (mainly because I don’t have any).  The route started with a relatively flat warmup and then went up a big hill at about mile one.  My legs started feeling immediately fatigued and it felt like I was running on the beach.  By the time we were done, my butt and hamstrings really hurt.  It was muscle sore, but still.  I could feel myself defending every step because I was worried about slipping.  Those old demons appeared again from the days when my back was hurting really bad and I felt very unstable.  I was afraid through the entire run that I would fall.  While I know that if I continue to run in adverse conditions I will get more comfortable, I really didn’t enjoy this run.  I just felt tense the entire time.  I think I will take a bit more consideration of elements before I do this again until I am a bit more prepared.

This morning I went to the pool and swam 1200 yards.  I also managed 600 without stopping!    I know this is no great feat, but it is a new distance record for me so I’m happy.  I find that if I can just relax for the first few laps of a long stretch, I get past the “pump” where my muscles feel tight and then I get into a rhythm that I can carry for long stretches.  I really felt like I could have gone several hundred more yards, but I need to take it in moderation.  If I can get to 1000 yards by the end of February I will be very excited.  I still suffer from form breaks and my legs sink when I get tired, but I can feel it now and have learned some things to help correct it.  I am really hoping I can get in on the group training that is being offered by our local club.  It’s supposed to start in February (if it goes).  I think this is a perfect next step for me.

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