Technically, today was supposed to be a swim-only day, but I've been having a lot of "Monday blahs" lately and I know the best cure for that is running. I think it's ironic that when I worked, I used to LOVE Mondays and now that I'm underemployed, I get totally bummed when Monday rolls around. I am a girl who loves my routines and the return of Monday meant all my routines were in place again: coffee, shower, get the kids ready, get myself ready, and so on... Now, Monday morning sitting around the house means I still don't have a job. And today was a particularly emotional Monday: my 14th wedding anniversary (yay!!) and the day I sent my oldest kid off to camp for the first time (waaaaaaah!). My kids have been away before, but usually for 3 or 4 days at their grandparents' house, where I can call them 100 times a day if I want to. Other than emergencies, my kiddo is basically inaccessible to me this week, which has me feeling very edgy. So a quick 2-miler was definitely in order this morning! I managed a sub-8 pace, and it was a wonderful start to my day.
We've been having very un-springlike weather this year and today was more of the same: cloudy skies, a threat of rain, and a chilly wind. Blech! I put off my swim as long as I could, because getting into the cold pool did NOT seem like a good idea! I finally convinced myself to get a move-on this afternoon and I'm so glad I did. Today was another really good swim and I went even farther than last time - 600 meters!! Yay! I'm really pleased with the decision to stop timing my swims, it's taken all the pressure off and left me with the desire to try to swim longer. When I think about it, I didn't time my runs for probably the first six months that I ran. I didn't care! I was so excited that I could do it at all, it didn't occur to me to worry about my speed. Maybe I'll start timing my swims again later this summer, but maybe I won't. Until then, I'll just enjoy the water.
Happy Monday to us all!