Thursday, January 28, 2010

However, kinda inspired :)

It is a shame that my funk is coming out right now. Cause I am actually really inspired.

The Captain is learning to swim! And I think it is just about the coolest thing ever. It is hard to learn new stuff as an adult. Not only the learning process is harder but when you're a kid it is your main job to learn stuff. Not so as an adult (well, I guess technically that IS my job but….) you have to carve out time and energy to do it. So I am so happy for him and proud of him.


I am trying to be his swim instructor and was over-the-moon excited about helping him learn what I think is not only an essential life skill but a fun one. I have been excited about it for weeks but am now realizing that I have absolutely no credentials for swim instruction.


Here's what we've done so far:

Lesson 1: Floating and kicking

Lesson 2: Floating & pulling (w/buoy mainly to figure out how I can help him get breath during kick drills J), some kick refresher


Feedback from my student is that we work more on consistent floating so that is a will-do!

I hope he doesn't ask for his money back when he realizes I have NO idea what I'm doing :P


The one thing we do have going for us is that I love him, so we'll see.


And, after DSF reminded us that it can be risky for one partner to teach another something we're going to be especially cognizant of how we're doing as pupil/teacher so to be sure swimming isn't the end of us.

Motivation: Low

I'm not sure what is wrong with me. I just feel overall crappy and running just makes the crappiness bounce lately. I am really trying. I've run 2X this week and went to a cycling class (and swim instructed, another post). But I feel lacking both mentally and physically.

It feels very chicken/egg right now. Is running mentally hard because I'm physically bleh? Or am I physically bleh because running is mentally hard? Either way I have got to snap out of it.


I signed up for Issaquah Tri (1st sprint of the season around here), paid the $$ and everything. Time to get out of this funk and get training.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Runniversary to me!

It is fitting that my first post of the year is commemorating the 3 year anniversary of my very first run. Well, it was more like a sweaty, painful, oxygen deprived run/walk but it was 3 years ago today.

And I did the anniversary up in style too! I went for a run in Montpellier France with my dear friend. It was kind of a crappy run; cold and snotty. But it was a beautiful course and I had good conversation with someone I just don't get to chat with enough and I came back to her cozy apartment and got to cuddle with the Cap for a bit before he hand crafted us lattes to go with breakfast in our cute little French apartment.

Thanks Ali and Victor for all your generous hospitality. Staying here has been such a blast and getting to see your cuteness makes me happier than I can say.

Thanks Captain for coming on this trip with me. You are my favorite person to experience new things with and I am beyond grateful for the memories we've gotten to make here.

Thanks Self for sticking with the running for these past 3years. It has not always been easy or pretty but I'm SO glad that is has become part of who I am.

More on the trip and what is to come in the next running year later1!