Dec 16

Switching Things Up

It is 7:30AM.  It is too damn early to be awake.  Not only is it too early to be awake, but it is WAY too early to be awake and have already swam.  I am not a morning person.  At all.  Jennifer will vouch for that.  However, my schedule today is going to be out of the ordinary, so I had to get my swim in early because I won’t be around for the normal lunch time swim.

I got to the pool at about 5:45 for the early open swim.  The crowd was about the same size as the lunch crowd.  Much quieter though; I think everyone was half asleep like myself.  There is nothing like jumping into a cold pool to jumpstart the system though.  I ended up doing 2500 yards with 5 x 300’s as the core workout.  I have pretty much settled into a 3 day a week swim schedule where one day is short intervals, one day is longer intervals, and one day is a long continuous swim.  Seems to work well and doesn’t get too boring.

On the running front, I changed up my schedule a bit.  I am switching weeks 3 and 4.  I am doing this mainly because of the holiday season.  Week 3 was scheduled to be a light week while week 4 picked it back up with a long run of 14 miles.  That long run fell on Christmas.  No thank you.  So, I am doing the heavier week this week and the lighter week next week and will only have to do 4 miles on Christmas.

I have 6 miles scheduled today, but may turn it into 8 depending on how I feel.  I had 8 scheduled on Monday and while I completed it, it was an absolutely miserable run and I had to walk/jog the last 3 miles because I was nauseous.  It was extremely unpleasant and a very unsatisfying run.  Hopefully I can make up for it today.

That is, if I manage to stay awake… ZZZZZzzzzzzz………

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  1. Jon

    I’m with you on the early mornings. Its the fact that its pitch black outside @ 6:30 AM that makes it that much harder.

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  3. David

    Kevin – come join me out in Jenison at 5:30 AM. They have the water so warm for us early risers!

  4. Maria

    Good call on switching the schedules, I’d do the same (ok, let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t be running on Christmas, regardless of the distance). I do love early morning swims!

  5. lindsay

    i hope 7:30am was a typo… when i started working after college work started at 7:30! rude awakening to the so-called “9-5″… now of course work starts at 6:30 or 7:00 depending on daylight savings. (same job, different location.)

    anyway. morning workouts are often tough until you get into the routine. the cold, dark winter mornings don’t help either!

  6. lindsay

    ohh wait. i am reading it correctly now… you were blogging at 730 AFTER your workout. got it. my bad. i still need that sleep! 😉

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