As a young child I loved swimming, as a young adult I liked swimming but as a slightly mature (mmmm) older lady (mmmmm) I have grown to dislike swimmimg.

What don’t I like about swimmimg?

  • It costs money
  • You are required to show more flesh than usual
  • The water is often cold
  • The pool attracts noisy, splashy children (grumpy old lady? Yes)
  • I swim slowly, and only breast stroke with my head firmly out of the water
  • I get neck ache
  • It’s sooooooo boring  uninteresting
  • It makes me very hungry
  • It makes me very sleepy!
  • Getting changed in grubby changing rooms

Al of the above would not have worried me as a young child, obviously!

Despite this list, after a quick shower post Parkrun on Saturday, madam and I went for a swim. I managed 20 lengths, considering I’ve not swum in probably 10 years, that’s not bad, but don’t be too impressed the pool is only 25 metres!

Amazingly, there were no splashy children, the water was not too cold, the changing rooms clean, my neck did not hurt too much, taking this all in to consideration, I returned to the pool this morning for 20 lengths before work! 

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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11 Responses to Swimming

  1. The Dude Run Run says:

    I am wit you on all of the above! Plus add to it I swim like a rock. I just use the pool for stretching and sitting beside when there are no children about.

  2. I agree with everything you said except the “uninteresting” part… I find the “trying not to drown” aspect when I go swimming keeps me very interested in the task at hand 😛

  3. The old relic says:

    What about the time when as a youngster this old relic was told to remove you from the pool in case you drowned!!

  4. paigesato says:

    swimming is up there with bike riding as a thing that was So. Much. Fun. as a kid and So. Much. Less. So. as an adult. Cold water. Oncoming traffic. It’s amazing tris can even exist.

  5. I could have wrote the same list of reasons I don’t go swimming

  6. runtezza says:

    Swimming is cool! See if you can get any lessons on improving technique– makes it a lot more interesting.

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