Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day

This morning I decided it was time to do something that I haven't done in a very long time. It involved searching for my bathing suit bottoms, a swim cap, and goggles. Yes folks, I actually SWAM today.

I devised a simple short workout to reacquaint myself with the pool:

100 warm-up
200 drills
400 moderate/easy pace - timed
200 breast up, crawl back
100 warm-down.

Amazingly, my 400 in the middle came in at 8:53 which is not too far off where I was in the midst of my peak swim training last year. Not bad. And I hereby declare Fridays to be swim day on my training schedule.

I could have done nothing else and still would have been pleased with myself. But it actually gets better. You see, today has been an absolutely beautiful day - mid-sixties, sunny, no wind.

I decided to take advantage of the spring-like day and get my 6 mile run in this afternoon rather than wait until the weekend.

My plan was to go fairly easy (think half-mary pace), take walk/fuel breaks every mile, and cover my target distance of 6.0-6.5 miles.

Here's how it played out for 6.24 miles. Please note that the first mile was all run, I didn't start my first walk break until I hit the 1 mile mark. Every other mile includes a 1-2minute walk break. The last quarter mile is all run also, I didn't stop to walk when I hit mile six, I kept running until I reached my driveway.

10:47 (all run)
10:24 (0.24 miles all run)

I'm happy with my overall average pace of 11:53, but as you can tell, I'm still not very good at pacing myself. But since pacing myself wasn't part of the plan, I'd call this run a success. I feel like I'm back on track for the half-mary in April.

And since it's a leap year, both the swim and the run get counted into my Feb totals (which I will tally up and post at some future time). For me, it has been a very happy and productive leap day. :)

Edit: I'm sore this morning, but in a good way. I also pulled the trigger and signed up Husband & I for the half-marathon. WoooooHooooo!!!


  1. Most excellent use of your extra day. Good work!!

    Glad you got back in the pool. Sounds like you haven't lost much at all. YAY.

  2. Nice swim, chica! I'm sorry, but half mary pace sounds too much like work :-)

  3. Nice job in the pool!! Looks great!

    I have so much trouble with pacing myself but I am working on it. :>)

  4. Congratulations on an EXCELLENT Leap Year day you ball of energy you!

  5. Nice Leap Day for you, Lisa!!

    I was supposed to be born on Leap Day, so actually I'm only 10 years old ;)

    You are back in the training groove. Wasn't the weather beautiful yesterday...and today is even better :)

  6. What an energy leap!! Fabulous You!
    Congratulations. Good to hear you are feeling great.

  7. Sounds like a great LEAP DAY Lisa.... Happy stuff... and congrats on the race entry - did you tell your hubby before or after you did it! ;O)

  8. That good soreness is a great feeling.

    Nice job getting back in the water and way to go on the 6 mile run!

    I look forward to reading more about your training!

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog! Good luck with your half, and enjoy the Big Island! Get some runs in while you're there :-)

  10. Nice! You will rock that 1/2!
    Take Care!

  11. Most excellent. Great day for a 2-fer and you did it well.
    Go you and hubby on the half marathon. giddy up.