Not only have I become Mr. Mom since June 1st, I've also spent more time at the pool than I have on the road. Yeah! Razz is swimming! Uh, not exactly unless you consider going underwater to fetch the 5000 dive sticks my kids have acquired.
*Grumpy Old Man Side note - What the hell is with all of the pool toys? It's like a wet Toys R Us out there. I'm one more errant-thrown pool ball away from launching it over the entrance. Go get it, Fernando Valenzuela, it's by the Honda Odyssey.
Where was I? Oh yeah, I don't swim. I can swim, I just choose not to. Nor do I take advantage of rest breaks. Remember those? You all had to pile out of the pool for 10 minutes so you could gorge yourself on candy and ice cream at the snack stand and then go back in the water. Good times. Anyway, now that I'm an adult (loose term for me), I could stay in the pool and do some laps. Or, I could stay in there, enjoy a nice beverage in a coozy and call it a summer.
This past weekend, a couple whom we know actually began swimming laps in the pool during rest break. Honest to God, length-of-the-pool laps. To top it off, they raced each other. My reaction? "I really need to get back into shape."
Mind you, I haven't completely given up running, but I don't consider 2 to 3 times a week "working out", either. Therefore, it is my goal to do the following for the month of July:
- 4 runs per week
- 1 of those runs will either be a fartlek (snicker) or an interval
- 2 days of cross training
- Get my average on 3 or 4 milers to be under 8:00.
That last one is my ultimate goal and I think I can do it. I'm currently hovering around the 8:05-8:15 range depending on how god awful the humidity is.
Can it be done? Will it be done? We're going to see. Wish me luck.