Injury Forces a New Direction: Swim Lessons for Sandy
I’m a runner. I love everything about running, well maybe not the last miles of a marathon, but everything else is awesome. In 2016 I ran one 5K, three 10Ks, six half marathons, one marathon, and one relay race. It was a great year until my last race on November 5, 2016. After that race, I was forced to cut back on my mileage. On March 6, 2017, the doctor told me that I needed surgery and would have to stop running for a while. I was not able to plead my case with the doctor and had to stop running for 97 days. I seriously thought I might go insane.
Thankfully, I had the Skortaholics to listen to me whine and to encourage me. Because of boredom or encouragement from the group, I decided to try something terrifying for me: swim lessons. I’ve tried swim lessons before, but no instructor has ever been able to get me in the water without a flotation device. I was extremely nervous when I showed up for my first lesson on May 31st. I was also determined that this time I was going to learn how to swim.
I am happy to report that as of today, I am a backstroker. I’m still working on freestyle, but I know I’ll get it. Without the Skortaholics (especially MB for checking on me and recommending that I get in the water every day), my swim instructor, and several swimmers at my local gym, I’m not sure I would have been successful this time. Who knows, maybe a triathlon will be in my future.
Have you recently suffered an injury?
How did you cope?! Did you try something new?