Tag: swimming

Endurance Sports Comparison

I wasn’t going to post this morning (I ran out of time) but when I came across an infographic on Active.com, I knew I wanted to share it with you all to see what you thought.


I’m not surprised by the cycling, running, or walking numbers (although they are all somewhat controversial) but the swimming number really got me. I always thought swimming burned less calories? I guess it totally depends on your speed?

I promise to be back tomorrow with a longer post, but for now, thoughts on the infographic?

Midweek Musings

1. The first few days of my staycation were wonderful. I kept thinking that I could get used to having free time, working out whenever I want, watching day time t.v. etc. Yesterday I got bored and started a bake-a-thon. I have two more days + a weekend before work starts, the question is how much more can I bake?

2. Yesterday I had a swimming PDR –> 3,000 m! I actually really enjoyed it and wanted to swim the extra 200 m to hit about 2 miles but some strange man hopped in my lane and started running along one side doing high knees. This bothered me for a lot of reasons (he could have asked – I would have said yes, he wasn’t switching sides of the lane, & he wasn’t even swimming) and I had to get out of the water before I did something drastic like accidentally kick a lot of water at him.

3. Speaking of working out, my abs are burning from the whittle my middle challenge I talked about yesterday. I was hoping to do day 3 of my 5 this morning but I was too sore. Maybe later?

4. My one eye had been bothering me a lot every night when I take out my contacts. I think I must have a small cut on my eye. Either way it’s annoying and I’ve been sleeping with a cold paper towel over my eye at night to soothe the pain. Lucky Ian, his girlfriend is soo attractive. (I have an eye appt today and will ask about it)

5. Last night I made a vegetarian paella. It was really tasty and gave me the opportunity to cook beans from scratch and you know what? It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be. It just needed a little extra prep work.

6. I haven’t run since last Sunday and I’m going crazy! I know the break was needed and will be worth it but I’m definitely going a little stir-crazy. I actually spent almost two hours last night working on my Goofy Race and a Half training plan. It’s almost finished and starts the second week in August. I’ll be sure to share more details then.

7. Speaking of running, is anyone else doing the Big 10k this Saturday? Originally I was planning on racing it but now I think I’m going to treat it as a training run and take lots of pictures instead :P. The weather looks awesome too, I can’t wait!

8. A month ago, Ian and I bought a Groupon for a cleaning service and they’re coming today. Neither Ian nor myself really enjoy cleaning and we do what we can to “straighten up”, sweep, and vaccum when necessary we don’t really get down and scrub the floors or clean under the fridge like we should. I’m looking forward to having that new apartment feel again.

9. It’s crazy how different cycling classes can be. I’ve been to two this week (same gym) and the one I went to this morning was a lot harder than the one on Tuesday morning. I get that workouts are different but you think they would have a standardized plan of what should be included in each class. Especially at the same gym. The other interesting this is today’s class was much less crowded than Tuesdays. Hmm..

Any ideas on how to keep busy these next two days? Are you running the Big 10k? Which team are you supporting?

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! I hope all of you are enjoying a day off and doing something fun today! I used my extra time this morning to fit in a longer workout but before I tell you about that let’s discuss last night’s dinner.

Yesterday was one of those days that just dragged on. I was incredibly tired and all I wanted was to get home and lay down on the couch. However, by the time I got home I felt motivated to get stuff done. I did two loads of laundry (and I hate doing laundry), cleaned the kitchen sink area, prepped breakfast for today, and made a batch of OhSheGlowsPerfect Veggie Burgers.

This morning I woke up bright and early to squeeze in a run before the heat hit. I just barely made it, at 5 a.m. it was already 80 degrees in Chicago. This weather is insane. I debated skipping my run but knew I’d feel better if I at least made an attempt, so I laced up my running shoes and headed out the door.

Thankfully the sun wasn’t completely up yet so it didn’t feel too brutal outside and I was able to complete a slow 4 miles. Even though it wasn’t my best run and it was incredibly hot outside, I felt good for doing it. I also didn’t have to use a treadmill. Woohoo!

After my run, I grabbed my swim bag and headed to the pool. My gym and pool were both fairly empty and I was able to grab a good lane right away. This is the swim workout I did:

300 m warm up
3 x 400 m
100 build, 200 fast, 100 slow
4 x 100 50 fast, 50 slow
200 build, 100 fast, 100 slow
2 x 200 m
100 stroke pull, 100 freestyle pull
100 stroke kick, 100 freestyle kick
100 m cool down

Total: 2,000 meters

For stroke I swam breast stroke which made pulls and kicks take forever but hopefully I’ll be a better swimmer for it.

I’m off to relax and then beach (I think). Have a wonderful day!

The Swim That Didn’t Happen & Triceratops Tri Packet Pickup

I confirmed with someone at the door that open swim was in fact happening, paid my $5 and went to the locker room to change. Unfortunately by the time I was back at the pool it was very clear that my swim was not going to happen; there was an entire day camp sitting by the side of the pool.

I listened patiently while the lifeguards explained the rules of the pool to the kids and then watched as the good swimmers took their deep-end test. Finally, about 30 minutes later, open swim started. I jumped into the deep end and swam back and forth from the buoy seperating the deep end from the shallow end and the wall. After about 200 meters, I hopped out. It just wasn’t worth it. Oh well, at least I know that my new swedish goggles don’t leak.

Don’t get me wrong, it was incredibly cute to watch the kids and it definitely brought back memories of when I was a camp counselor but I wish that the ladies at the door had told me that open swim was going to be over taken by a day camp. I probably would have saved my $5 and not attempted the swim.


Post-lunch I relaxed a bit and then headed out to Novi to pick up my triathlon packet. Packet pick up was located in a Michigan-based running store and was nothing special. I actually could have waited until this afternoon to pick it up but given that this tri is my first and that I had time yesterday, I decided to pick it up early. I was a little disappointed by how unorganized pick up was but after about 20 minutes I walked out of the store with my packet and a $6 race belt that I decided to purchase last minute.

The goods:

From left to right, race number, ankle timing chip, bike tag, t-shirt, race belt, and swim cap. The waves are organized by cap color and apparently wave 3 is blue!

I also worked on a list of everything to bring to the race site for the triathlon. I don’t want to forget anything!

My dad and step-mom belong to a country club so last night I met my dad and grandma (step-mom’s mom) at the club for dinner. I had another unpictured salad with salmon. It was good but not as good as the one I had on Saturday night. When I got back to my mom’s I helped with the pup and then crashed.

This morning I woke up earlier than planned and made a big bowl of oatmeal. I figured the best way to fuel for the odd race time was to eat a big breakfast and then lighter throughout the day with a larger snack before the race. Hopefully this works!

I’m off to run some errands with my mom and then *fingers crossed* pick up my bike. My goal today is to keep my legs loose but not wear myself out!

Have a great day!! I’ll be back later (or on twitter @runningwindycty) to tell you how it went!

An Unconventional Memorial Day

Ian and I spent most of Memorial Day on our couch watching Madmen. Our only breaks consisted of walking over to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries that were unavailable at Trader Joes on Saturday and snacking. Not too shabby.

Around 4 p.m., right when we got back from our walk (we were sweating, 90 degrees in May… yikes!), I whipped us up some smoothies.

Mine had raspberries, blueberries, and coconut milk in it. I topped it with some gluten-free granola and ate it with two pitted medjool dates stuffed with peanut butter. Yum!

We then spent the night at Bar Louie for trivia. I enjoyed a glass of wine and a Blue Moon (wine pours were ridiculously small) and Ian and I split two appetizers.

First we tried the Adobe Shrimp Skewers that were really spicy (and good!) but on the smaller side.

And then we ordered the parmesan truffle tots which for $8 tasted like normal tater tots sprinkled with parmesan. We needed more truffle oil!

Trivia was more difficult the week and it was just us (what, not everyone wants to spend Memorial Day at trivia?) but we still managed to finish in third place and we won a free appetizer. Bar Louie you just keep us coming back for more.

After trivia we walked over to Dairy Queen in search of the evasive confetti cake blizzard but they were out of it again. Bummer! I decided that nothing else was worth it and just had a few bites of Ian’s. Good thing Target makes a similar type of ice cream because it doesn’t look like the confetti cake blizzard will be mine anytime soon.

This morning I woke up early and went out for a 4 mile run. My legs felt rested and I held a fairly steady pace of about a 7:40 min/mile. It was warm but the sun wasn’t out which made a huuuge difference. I never felt overheated.

After my run, I headed to the pool where I cranked out 1650 meters using a modified (shortened) version of my Interval workout. I basically eliminated the pulls and kicks and moved the cooldown to the warm-up where I need it.

I had originally planned on dropping my stuff off at the apartment and racing out the door to work, but I decided that I wanted a few minutes to myself at home. I’m not quite ready to let the weekend go!

However, breakfast creativity was nonexistant so I ate my packed breakfast at the kitchen counter with a cup of coffee.

Whatever works right?

Also if you’re catching up from the weekend, I spent Friday night on a surprise date night, Saturday ziplining, and on Sunday I had an amazing run. I also created a Favorite Posts page that you should check out!

Have a great Monday Tuesday!

Quote of the day:
“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” -Kara Goucher