Wow. All I can say right now is SWIMMING IS NOT FOR WIMPS.
Ryan gave me my first “swim practice” this afternoon and, man, was it ever hard! I really thought I would have had a little more endurance than what I had since I run so often, but I guess swimming utilizes different muscles and is a whole different ball game. We swam laps for about 45-50 minutes and when we started, I could only swim 1 LAP without totally being out of breath and panting by the edge of the pool. However, being the good coach Ryan is, he pushed me further than I really wanted to go and gave me exercises and drills to do such as “swim six full laps with 10 seconds rest after three”. He also had me swim with a little floaty thing in between my legs to keep my whole body in a straight line since I kept dipping down. The whole time we swam freestyle and I’m happy to say that by the end, I felt a lot more comfortable and was actually enjoying the new workout! It definitely got easier as I kept swimming and I’m going to really commit myself to swimming twice a week now for the next couple months. Of course you can’t wear a heart rate monitor in the pool, but I’m pretty sure swimming laps burns mucho calories. Hopefully by August I’ll be a champ! 😉
After swimming, I snacked on this new bar (thanks, Kristen!!!):
I never thought I would be hungry again after my 5 lb pita, but swimming really took a toll on me! This bar was delicious…I’ve never seen them around here though! Its a mix of nuts, seeds and fruit and is very minimally processed. It reminded me of a KIND bar actually but with more dried fruit. I really enjoyed it!
Later, I heated up leftover chickpeas for dinner!
I have just enough left to make a lunch with tomorrow….that’s pretty good—getting three full meals out of one dinner!! This tasted even MORE delicious tonight…I need to try to recreate this at home sometime!
I also had this interesting “champagne” mango
Not sure how this is different from a normal mango, but it was incredibly juicy and perfectly sweet. I almost ate another! They were on sale at Whole Foods for a dollar each so I bought three. Glad I did!
Organic dark chocolate for dessert—
Grrrrr Sunday night just comes waaaay too quickly. Especially for me since I try to be in bed by 7:15! The weeks are just flying by these days, no? Tomorrow is work (uuughhhhhh) and then biking. I can’t wait to test out the bike feature on my new Garmin. I spent this evening totally analyzing my race yesterday with the computer software (which is AWESOME). I can hardly wait for my next run to stare at my wrist some more. Seriously, the Forerunner is the best piece of running equipment (besides shoes) that you could possibly get. A VERY worthy investment!
I’m crossing my fingers hoping I sleep tonight….see you in the morning!