Back to swimming…

I figured to aid my recovery after the marathon, I should spend less time on my feet running, and more time cross training.  I’ve concentrated mainly on running since the start of the year and have let swimming and circuits/weights fall by the way side.  And I haven’t picked up body pump again since I stopped doing it in about July 2010.

In the aim of helping my body repair, I think it’s a good idea to change things about and introduce as many swims a week as I can (1-3 maybe?).  For these 3 weeks before the women’s 10k and before I go away on holidays to Portugal, I’ll build my running back up and swim.  And I’ll use the powerplate to stretch and massage my muscles.

My main concern just now is my right quad which is niggling just a little.  It just doesn’t feel as strong as it was before the marathon so I’m keeping an eye on it.  Luckily, it felt ok on this morning’s run and there’s no pain now.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do any squats / cycle out of the saddle just now though.

I think I’ll stretch my legs on the powerplate after work tonight, then go for a 2500m swim.  I want to still work my legs, just in a different way by swimming instead of pounding the pavements as much. 

Here is the plan for tonight’s swim (FC = Front Crawl):

Warm up:
10 lengths FC swim, 250m.
Main set:
16 lengths FC swim, 400m.
4 lengths FC kick, 100m.
12 lengths FC pull, 300m.
8 lengths FC kick, 200m.
8 lengths FC swim, 200m.
12 lengths FC kick, 300m.
4 lengths FC pull, 100m.
16 lengths FC kick, 400m.
Cool down:
10 lengths FC pull, 250m.

I know I’ll probably have a doubt in my mind before I go swimming … but I also know I’ll feel brilliant after the swim.  I’ll let you know how I get on later.

And I’ll maybe try and consider what path my training will take in the next few weeks in the lead up to the 10k and my holidays to Portugal!

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