Monday, May 21, 2012

Gaining Speed

by Meghann on May 21, 2012

This is what happens when you stop at Publix on the way home from swim practice for the tomatoes and milk to make the original dinner you planned…

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you realize actually making said dinner requires work and a bag of steam-in-a-bag edamame and sushi sound so much easier. Pure laziness at its finest. ;)

In my defense, I had a reason to be lazy. Swim class wore me out tonight!  blame Mary!

Mary is a recent addition to our swim practice team and, I have to admit, it’s nice to have a partner who is semi at my level. Everyone else is fast (really, really fast!) and there’s no way I can keep up! But, Mary’s more like me – a newbie who is still trying to find her pace in the water. Coach Courtney gave us a few drills to work on for the first part of practice, then had us raise our heart rates with 6 fast 100s with limited rest in between.

Mary is just a hair faster than I am, so I let her be my pacer for the “fast” 100s. I kept at her feet for both laps, and when we had our first rest I thought the clock was wrong. Our first 100 was 1:30 – that’s about 20 seconds faster than my “fast” 100s were averaging last year. Whoa. I had to ask Mary to make sure we did, in fact, do two complete laps because that didn’t sound right. We had and we also managed to average around 1:35 – 1:40 for the remainder of the 100s.

Well, look at that, looks like these practices are paying off – I’m getting faster. ;) It helps to have a swimming partner at my level to really push me. Just as in running, swimming buddies are the best!

After practice my plan was to make a new Pinterest find for dinner, but I knew that was a goner the second I pulled into Publix for ingredients. At that point I was on the edge of hangry and grabbing sushi just sounded so much better (and easier). All I had to do was throw the edamame in the microwave for 5 minutes and dinner was done.

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Plus, I’ve been craving sushi. The brown rice, tuna sushi worked just fine.

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And their steam-in-a-bag edamame is top notch. :)

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Before practice I had a packet of almonds and some dried apple.

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I was craving something refreshing for dessert. The summer heat has me craving fresh fruit and cold chocolate. I had a fresh mango and a chocolate covered piece of toffee.

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Perfecto.

I see a book and a bed in my near future.

Good Night!

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