Run for Food: No running for a week but …


Ever since I injured my foot a couple of weeks ago, I have been struggling in my recovery. In trying to avoid putting too much physical stress on the foot, I have decided to go for a swim routine instead. The fact is I am not a natural swimmer. If not for the latest injury, I would have chosen running over swimming any time. Plus, it has been years since I did a leisure swimming, let alone a more regimental swimming exercise.

New gear for new exercise. A TYR corrective optical goggle

As this was my first swim, I decided to keep the swim to just a 30 minutes routine. With the short pool facility in my apartment, I had to swim 40 laps, for the distance of 1km swim. I did feel good after the swim; As  long as I can recall, I have never swim more than 500m. What was even more amazing (at least to myself) is I continued the swimming exercise consecutively for the next 5 days. In fact, on Friday I decided to stretch for a 2km swim, after swimming 1.5km the day before.

With all said, it is still a boring exercise (as compared to running or cycling), especially given the short pool lap. I am not sure if I will continue a daily swim routine on a longer basis, and am already looking forward for a full recovery of my foot so that I can reinstate my running session. But the last 6 days of swimming did a great deal to my body, probably because the swimming activities train nearly all major muscle groups in the entire body. There is a significant difference in how my body reacts after a week of swimming, vis-a-vis a week of running. Perhaps I should do a more balance exercising involving running, cycling and swimming (no I’m not doing a tri). For now, as long as the food is motivating to move my butt, I’m happy.

First swimming week

As of now, I have completed 119 running activities with a distance coverage of 852.12km, and 6 swimming activities with a distance of 7.5km in total.

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