Whenever I was tired after running miles, I thought I couldn’t continue. And then resting for a few minutes fueled me to run another mile. It was a magical moment to realize that sometimes your mind gives up before your body does. So going for the extra mile is often a good thing to do.
But running is something which is messy, sweaty and requires you to constantly feel to drink water. It is a nightmare to run so long and then realize that it is a small distance – and you are just too much tired.
Back in the day when there was no choice for me, running is the best thing I did in winter. It was chilly in the morning, many people will enjoy their extended sleep and I would look forward to the alarm. The one which will alert me to wake me up because I do find it hard to wake up. But the sheer joy of running compels me to get up and run.
But something changed over the years. My friends didn’t had the same enthusiasm and I became reluctant to get up and do the run. Slowly my weight around my belly started growing because of my sedentary lifestyle and eating habits. Oily foods with all the spices – I love them all. And no wonder, the more I procrastinated the more difficult it seemed to run or even try.
And then I found my love for swimming – it was not sweaty and I didn’t need to check for water every 2 seconds. Since I was in water while swimming, my body was more happy to stay there than in running state.
The natural progression for me was to keep swimming and do running as situation arises. I hardly get tired after a swim, even when I rest I am floating in water. So it helps me stay awesome even when I am down.
When you do any kind of exercise, it is good to start and stick to a training module. Because it helps you keep track of your consistency and if you need to level up – you have the numbers to shoot for.
So for a consistency level and to maintain a good feel routine after work – I prefer a 5, 4, 3, 2 training module.
Here is the breakdown of the training I do while swimming
- 4 freestyle swimming and 1 frog style
- 3 freestyle swimming and 1 frog style
- 2 freestyle swimming and 1 back float style
- 1 freestyle and 1 no breath freestyle
All of the above are semi-laps. If you have the stamina then go for the laps. Either way this is a great starting point, and the best thing is to create a customized training module which suits you.
Now that you know the numbers and styles to hit, go get swimming. See you at the end of the lap.