The past couple of weeks I've been in a bit of a slump. I've felt discouraged by my pace on many training runs. I've been frustrated with a nagging hip pain. As a result, as runs have been cut short and I've opted to walk portions, my stamina has begun to decline. The funny thing is I've noticed many of my favorite runner/bloggers are going through similar slumps. This certainly makes it easier - knowing I'm not alone.... knowing that I just need to keep plugging away.
I met Deb at the pool today for Masters. The coaches are on vacation so we had to rely on ourselves to complete the workout as posted on the board. I actually prefer it this way, on occasion, because fewer people actually come to practice. Deb and I had the lane to ourselves!
400m warmup (medley)
2 x 25m fly (it was supposed to be 16 x 25m but my butterfly really stinks ... at least I gave a little effort)
8 x 50m back
4 x 100m breast
2 x 200m free
1 x 400m medley (subbed free for fly)
2050m total (~ 5.12 running miles)
Great workout! We've focused so much on freestyle over the summer which is my best stroke. Today forced me to work different muscle groups and it felt great! I may actually try adding another day of swimming into the mix until my hip works itself out. We'll see. I'm hoping, however, that I can float on today's positive energy through the weekend and have a great long run come Sunday. :)