On Sunday, I wanted to go for a run.
A real run – the kind that clears your mind.
Where the only sounds I hear are my pounding feet and my puffing breath.
Where the subtle breeze announces itself by chilling the sweat on my brow.
A run that does not take place on a treadmill in the form of eight minutes running and two minutes walking.
I wanted to run for miles. But my foot recovery plan … well, had other plans.
Sunday was a rest day. And when injured, more than perhaps any other time, you must respect the rest day.
Basically, any stress on my still (still!) healing right foot was off limits.
Fortunately, I had just recently (re)discovered swimming. So I slipped on my bathing suit and dove into our community pool.
And I swam.
And after a few laps, all I could hear were my gulps of air and the movement of the water all around me.
My head was clear, and I could feel each muscle in my body working.
And I swam for miles.
And by swam, I mean a very slow breast stroke.
And by miles, I mean laps.
And by laps, I mean that our pool may be 25 meters long … maybe.
I’m not a great swimmer, y’all. It’s been decades since I was on the swim team, and I don’t even remember the last time I swam for pleasure.
But I swam, and about 30 minutes later (yep, just 30 minutes), I got out of the pool, clear-headed and exhausted.
It’s a real bummer not to be able to run whenever I want for however long I want. But there are still things you can do to “let go” while you recover. Swimming has become a great source of stress-relief for me that I can do basically whenever I want.
Have you had to stop or limit your running because of an injury? What did you do to “let go” when you wanted to go for a run?