Pay It Forward

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone’s week started out fabulously. I’m coming off a rough weekend, but so far so good. 



First thing’s first- I’m jumping into another fun filled game via Kristy over at the Runaway Bridal Planner.

I’m participating in this Pay-it-forward initiative: The first 3 people who comment on my blog post today with the status “I’m IN” at the beginning of their post.  Will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year – anything from a book, gift card, post card, absolutely any surprise!  There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

These 3 people MUST make the same offer on their on blog status!


COPY THIS TEXT into one of your posts.  Let’s do more nice and loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other.  Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love-filled year!!!!!!!
(Additionally, if your IN please leave me a link to your blog or email, so I can contact you to get your address, to surprise you sometime this year. Do not leave your address in the blog post!)


Next up, training. Monday I got to the gym and had the intentions of doing some speed work. But a mile into my run, where I intended to switch things up into a HIIT workout, I decided against it. I’m following a pretty loose plan I made for myself after looking at a bunch of different plans and well, with no one to report back to I opted to drop the speed work. I was feeling good and just felt like running. And I consider this a win in my efforts to gather more motivation and drive to up my training and intensity. I really haven’t wanted to just run on the treadmill all winter, so I was pretty happy. I did a negative split 5k and while my time was a bit slower than I would have liked I was still very pleased with myself. 


This morning I braved the weather, 2F with a wind chill of -18 and got myself to the YMCA and into the pool. I haven’t been in the pool in a couple months, so my swimming abilities are a bit iffy right now. 




I got about 850 meters in. Not much, honestly. I’m slow, have no idea how to pace myself, my stroke is weak and I rely too heavily on my kick. I planned to do 1000 meters, but I lost count and hitting lap on my watch didn’t help me after a while. So suggestions for how to keep track of laps would be very much appreciated. 


All in all though, I’m proud of myself for getting to the pool and getting a swim in. I’m going to keep going on Tuesday mornings until March, then I’ll forfeit a second morning and start going twice a week. I thought about going during lunch, but I’m the only person there at 6am, and that is much too glorious to give up. So once it’s a bit nicer out I may do some shorter runs on my hour lunch break at work instead. 




My swim this morning also gave me the chance to try out the new goggles that hubby got me for Christmas. Oh.My.Gosh. If I had known what a difference a good pair of goggles made I would have gotten new ones a long time ago. They were super comfy, didn’t leave raccoon rings around my eyes, suctioned without needing to be shoved into my eye sockets, and never fogged up once. It’s like a miracle I tell you! My advice, get good goggles. Seriously. I’m about to go throw my crappy $10 Speedo goggles out now (not really, I’ll keep them for back up).


Up next, three hours of spinning! Yup, three straight hours. Other than that, I’m just muscling along through this week. 


Suggestions for how to keep track of my laps in the pool? And don’t suggest a 910XT, my 310XT is brand new and I don’t $400 to spend on a new watch. 
What are you most excited about for today? 

8 Thoughts on “Pay It Forward

  1. I’m in! This is an awesome idea, thank you for sharing!

  2. I’m in! What an awesome idea!

  3. Courtney, what a cute idea for a post…I am In! I would love to do this

  4. Glad you got in an awesome swim this morning!!! I remember once I went to go snorkeling and I actually had good equiptment instead of the cheap stuff, man what a difference it made, so in a way I know exactly what your talking about! – Cheers-

  5. Yay for finally swimming! I had to laugh at the 6am thing…um duh, of course you are the only crazy one there swimming at 6am 🙂 Totally kidding! But yeah, I will never workout that early! I’m secretly jealous of your ability to wake up early to work out, I’m more of a night workout girl but that causes me to occasionally miss workouts when crazy things come up!

  6. Best way to keep track of laps is to break it into sets. For example, on a 1000 yard workout,

    200 yard warmup (8 laps)
    10x 50s (2 laps each)
    300 yard cooldown (12 laps)

    Having a list of your sets ensures you do everything, while the smaller numbers are easy to keep track of!

  7. If you need any help with training plans, I do have some that I will send you that work very well and are the best bang for your buck time wise. I’m not much of a swim “guru” but I have found with me that working A LOT on technique helped so much that for my past 2 IM’s I never kicked until the last quarter mile. Not that I was fast in my swim times (69 min IMLP with much swim training, 78min at IMMT with no training, hate going to the pool 🙂 ) Anyway, feel free to email me!

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