It’s day #8 of challenging my thought ruts – and I wasn’t quite sure what would appear. With a day of slow steady rains – the notion of visiting the indoor public pool suddenly sounded appealing. Somewhere in the midst of 5 months of marathon training – I lost all sense of exercise balance. The kind of balance that changes up your routine. The kind of balance that has you wearing out one part of your body – while the rest goes on vacation. The kind of balance where you wonder if you have forgotten how to return – to homeostasis. The kind of balance where the preferred exercise of choice is running above all else.
Today I opted to rediscover balance. Just a little. To see how it felt. To try it on, wear it around and see if I liked the fit. To see if balance is all that necessary. And, to see if I even remembered how to swim.
Part of the balance process is to first remember how long it’s been – since balance was my friend. My last recollection of swimming was over 6 months ago. I remember swimming for an hour, lap after lap, never feeling fatigued. I remember feeling buoyant by the water, and how good I felt afterwards. Surely, I would pick up right where I had left off.
Um, no. Thirty minutes of freestyle swimming had me gasping. I wanted to think that I was swimming faster than I should have, but the reality is – I’m not in swim shape! Running shape yes. Swim shape no. But swimming felt amazing. It was an invigorating 30 minutes of endorphins, which I followed with 30 more minutes of aqua running. Aqua running – another ‘balance’ activity I had left on the sidelines. As I ran in the water as fast as my legs would move, I realized what a phenomenal workout I was getting – all without the joint pounding. This balance thing is pretty sweet.
The rest of the day my metabolism was humming – thanks to my renewed sense of balance through swimming and aqua running. And, it will no longer stay on my exercise sidelines. Post marathon, I am slowly returning to my good friend – balance. What’s in your challenge today?