A Past with Swimming

Many people have asked more about my past with swimming so I thought I would share.  Plus swimming is a big sport at the Olympics, and I love watching!  On Tuesday, I wrote a post about why swimmers should get in the pool.  In summary, I was a swimmer long before I ran.  I didn’t start running until 2010-2011, and you can read about that here.

I swam through high school and three years of college.  As competitive as I am with running, I was more so with swimming.

Swimming was my life.  It was my social hour; it was my hobby, my fitness, and my fun.  Outside of school, it was everything.  Now for me running is something I love doing but at the end of the day, it’s a hobby.

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In fact, a long time ago this blog used to be named: LOLZthatswim!  If you can remember that, you’ve been reading this ramble for a long time.  Eventually, I began running so the blog was renamed “LOLZthatswim(andrun).  Now it’s just FueledbyLOLZ.  This blog has changed a lot since I started nearly six years ago but that is a post for another day.  So back to swimming: 

Not to say I was obsessed with swimming but I spent a lot more time swimming than I currently do running.  For the high school, college or club level, the average practice is anywhere between 1.5- 2.5 hours.  You are swimming for the majority of that time. 

Could you imagine running or doing speed work for 2 hours daily and sometimes twice a day? 

No, you would get injured.

Most people don’t realize this, but you dive in and swim for 2 hours straight. In a given swim practice, you’ll alternate different sets.  Instead, you might warmup, do 10X100s freestyle with 20 seconds rest, 4X200 IM and so on. It never gets boring, and you don’t usually swim a practice“straight”. It’s more like doing different workouts on the track for 2 hours. swimming 3

How many miles do most competitive swimmers swim at practice?

In a given practice, you could swim anywhere from 3000-4000 yards per hour. It’s hard for me to believe that a “light” college training was around 5000 yards.  I haven’t swum more than 3000 in a very long time, and I have no plans too. Keep in mind, even though I was swimming anywhere from 14-20 hours a week, I was nowhere near professional.  I swam for a respectable D3 school, but I wasn’t anywhere close to the top of Division 3. Professional swimmers or even D1 swimmers are putting 4+ hours a day.

What events did you compete in?

I was a distance freestyler.  I swam the 500-yard freestyle, 1000 and occasionally the mile.  In later college, I would sometimes swim the 200 butterfly too, but I was a distance girl at heart. My favorite distance to swim was the 1000.

Because for me swimming is always a party...
Because for me, swimming is always a party…

What are pool workouts for runners?

This deserves a post in itself.  Pool running is the best workout for “real” running.  Like anything you have to simulate effort and pool running is what you get out of it.  If you relax and don’t get your heart rate up, you aren’t going to get the benefits of working hard.  I found this article by Jason helpful if you want to get into pool running.

So thinking out loud, that is just a brief look at my relationship with swimming as well as answering a few swimming related questions.  I don’t hate it, and I’m not on bad terms with swimming but at this point I do enjoy other things more.

Questions for you:
Do you like swimming?
What is something you did growing up that you don’t as much now?

Four Reasons Runners Should Get into the Pool

It’s interesting I’m writing this post.  After spending years of my life swimming, I gave it up five years ago.  I didn’t look back and haven’t been in the pool much since.  But due to injury, here I am in the pool.

Four Reasons Runners Should Get into the Pool

I don’t hate swimming, and I also don’t have a bitter relationship with it.  The fact of the matter is, I enjoy other activities more.  As a child, teenager and college student, I spent so much time swimming competitively that I’m still burnt out.  Now that I’m unable to do certain activities, such as running, I got back into pool.  After swimming for a few weeks, I remembered swimming does have it’s benefits.

I also joined my neighborhood swim club so I can meet my neighbors, swim outside and get some relaxing reading as well as trashy TV but enough about me.

Why should runners get in the pool? 
Less pressure on your joints

You can still get a workout in without putting stress and pressure on your joints and bones.

Less tan lines

Running outside means tan lines from compression socks, sports bras, shorts, and shoes.  When you swim outside, you only have bathing suit tan lines.  It’s perfect! You workout and get to remove any unwanted tanlines.  Despite not running much this summer, I’m still working on my compression sleeve tan line. PSA: Always wear sunscreen when outside. 

Swimming in the Summer is Refreshing 

Finishing a run can often be a hot, soggy mess.  You can swim laps in an outdoor pool when it’s 100 degrees and feel great. You can also swim at any time of the day without worrying about overheating.  The only thing you have to worry about with swimming is the occasional thunderstorm.

Strength Work

Swimming gets some (not all) of the benefits of strength work without lifting weights.  When you are swimming back and forth using the water as resistance, you build upper body strength.  I had much more upper body muscle when I collegiately swam as well.

Like anything else, swimming isn’t for everyone. You could experiment in the pool and realize you love it or you could experiment and realize you hate it.  At the end of the day, it’s about finding something you enjoy doing.

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Questions for you:

Do you like to swim laps?

Do you go to the pool or beach in the summer?

 

Just Keep Spinning…Swimming…

Last week’s workouts were interesting.  I’m beginning to enjoy working out again, which I guess is good.  After running was taken from me, I am just happy to do other workouts again.  Some injuries I have wanted nothing more than to be lazy, while others I’ve wanted to work through.  This injury has been a respectable combination of both.  I haven’t done anything to make my foot worse, but I haven’t felt the need to cross train as hard as possible either.

Since this is a running blog, I’ll start there because I ran one mile yesterday.  Plus, they say to start with the bad news and follow up with good news?

I was allowed to run one mile yesterday and honestly it didn’t feel great.  I don’t know if I’m completely healed despite taking five weeks off from running and being minor.  I’m not sure if it’s soft tissue damage or still bone, but luckily I have a doctors appointment tomorrow, and we will discuss more.  I didn’t feel injured, but something did feel off.

Workouts: 

Monday: Swimming (2000 meters)+15 minutes core
Tuesday: Swimming (2500 meters)
Wednesday: Swimming (3000 meters)+15 minutes core
Thursday: Swimming (2000 meters)+ 45 minutes spin
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Spin 1 hour
Sunday: 1-mile run and Swimming 2000 meters

Swimming Workouts:

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I typically swim sets of 1000s.  I find it manageable to count up to 1000.  I take a break and then continue.  I don’t have a rhyme or reason of why I swim 2000 or 3000; I just swim until I feel satisfied.  As someone who used to race the 1000 in college, it’s a new experience just swimming 1000s.  I can’t say swimming countless laps is thrilling, but I swam for so long it doesn’t bother me.

I don’t love swimming, but it is nice to do something.  I don’t forsee myself spending a lot of time in the pool once I’m injury free. I’ll probably do some spinning classes because I enjoy doing those more than the process of getting into the pool.

Core Workouts:

I mentioned earlier, but I like doing the Nike Training Club App.  There are plenty of exercises for every single part you want to target.  Workouts vary from 7 minutes to an hour.

Thoughts:

I’m disappointed that my run didn’t feel great.  I can’t help but wonder if it’s soft tissue and I’m paranoid, but I would rather be safe than sorry. I’ll see what my doctor says tomorrow and go from there.  For the meantime, I’ll continue what I’m doing because that doesn’t irritate my foot.

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite core workout?

What was your best workout last week?

BluePlate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Blueplate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Last month, I decided to try BluePlate in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  BluePlate is questionable whether it’s a diner, but it was recently voted as the best breakfast in Gloucester County. Plus when I checked in on Foursquare, it was classified as a diner. Most locals consider it a diner, and I don’t argue with that.

Occasionally, I have to work down the road, so I have wanted to try BluePlate for a while. To be honest, I was looking forward to going all week.

Blueplate Atmosphere: A
Blueplate is located in an old, rustic house.  The town of Mullica Hill is a cute town, and many businesses are located in old houses.  It kept with the same vibe the rest of the town has.

The inside was well kept, clean and rustic.  It wasn’t a traditional diner style, but it was nice.  It resembled more of an upscale or fancy restaurant.

Blueplate mullica hill

Blue plate Service: B
When we arrived, there weren’t many other parties eating.  We had a different waitress take our drinks, food orders and take care of us for the entire meal.  It took a while to take our orders but afterward, the food came out quickly.  None of the staff was unfriendly or rude, but it almost felt as if we were bothering them.

Coffee: A
The coffee at Blueplate was hot and refilled often.  I have no complaints.
BluePlate

Blueplate Food: B
The Blueplate menu is much smaller than most restaurants.  They have several salads, burgers and a pizza special of the day.  Interestingly enough, they don’t serve breakfast all day either.  The BluePlate is known to use fresh ingredients from the local farmers market.  All of their ingredients come from the Farmer’s Market up the road. That is great for any restaurant!

The dinner came with bread and a balsamic onion dip.  It was a great starter and one of my favorite “bread baskets” of any diner I’ve been too.

Blueplate mullica hill

I decided to order the bacon and goat cheese flatbread as well as the pear and goat cheese salad.  As you can tell, goat cheese was on my mind.

I’m glad I ordered both at Blueplate because the portion sizes were much smaller than anticipated.  The flatbread had plenty of bacon and goat cheese and tasted great.  It might be my favorite restaurant flatbread, and it was delicious.

Blueplate mullica hill

The salad at Blueplate was disappointing. I ordered the “large”, and it was small.  Since BluePlate’s “claim to fame”, is how fresh their ingredients were, I was surprised It wasn’t as fresh as many other restaurants.

Blueplate mullica hill

Overall the food was good, but I will stick to the flatbread and something else next time.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, flatbread and salad the cost was $25.  It’s a more expensive meal, but the ingredients are usually fresh.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to Blueplate?
I enjoyed my flatbread at the BluePlate. I’ll be back to try their pizza special of the day as well as breakfast.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $15-30
Overall: B

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like goat cheese?
Do you shop at local farmer’s markets during the summer?

Summer Loving

It’s been a while since I’ve done a traditional “Thinking Out Loud” style post.

With the start of summer, I thought I would include some of my favorite things and thoughts.  These are all products I’ve been using frequently and all things I like.  I’m not being paid to promote anything although if there is a season 5, I would love to be on Orange is the New Black.

So what am I loving?

Cardio: 

Lately, I’ve loved the pool.  I can probably guarantee, once I’m running again I won’t go too often but right now it’s been okay and kept my cardio up.

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Entertainment:

Orange is the New Black: Last Tuesday, Lindsey interviewed me for her Podcast: “Can I have Another”?  She mentioned I should get into the Netflix show: Orange is the New Black. Before last week, I had heard of the show before but hadn’t seen an episode…then I watched one episode last Tuesday.  Followed by season 1, season 2 and season 3.  Now I’m just starting season 4 so you can see how that went.  Being sick and unable to run has its advantages (I guess).

Podcasts: Obviously I like Can I have Another by Lindsey.  She’s interviewed a bunch of interesting and fun people.  I like listening while getting ready for work on Friday mornings.  Even if you aren’t a runner, you’ll enjoy the conversation.  I feel like I’m just hanging out (or evesdropping) on someone’s conversation.

Food:

I’ve basically been eating anything with Calcium and Vitamin D: As I mentioned earlier this week, both my Calcium and Vitamin D levels came back in the normal range.  That being said, I’m still attempting to get as much as possible without overdosing or getting a kidney stone.  Luckily for smoothies, milk and cheese.

Sunwarrior sent me a few samples of their latest meal replacement shake powders to try. While I’m not running, 160 calories is a nice snack.  The new Illumin8 mix has a blend of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  It’s not a full meal, but it’s a good pick me up in the afternoon.  I’ve been blending them with ice, milk, cocoa powder and sweetener.  For one of them, I added leftover beets which surprisingly tasted great and made me feel healthier.

Sunwarrior Protein Illumin8

After trying the samples they sent, I think I’m going to go purchase more.  I like the taste, and extra protein is not a bad thing for me right now.

 

Workout Related:

I’m doing all of my walking around in the Asics Quantum 360.  I nicknamed the shoe, the tank because there is so much support and cushion.  I ran in it for a while but because it’s the most cushioned shoe I’ve ever owned in the forefront, it got the promotion of moving from my running shoe to my only shoe.  asics quantum

This weekend I plan to run in the newest Asics Cumulus.  I love my Saucony shoes, but I need a shoe with more cushion in the forefront right now.  Who knows, the newest Hoka Clifton 3s are wider and actually fit my feet..so they might make a cameo on LOLZ blog.

So that’s what I’ve been up to and enjoying the last few days. 

Questions for you:

What have you been enjoying lately?

What is your favorite recipe? 

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