Swimming and colds

Hey y’all!

Right now I’m in bed going on my fourth hour of my Netflix marathon. Fun Saturday you said? Well, I managed to catch a cold on Wednesday, so I figured I might as well try to get better before the weekend is over. Bah, I hate colds… but the good news is that it’s getting better. Yay!

 

Yesterday we went to the movie theatre to watch “Everest,” which by the way was pretty awesome! We watched it in 3D, and I found myself stuck in the weird state of wanting to sit at the edge of my seat because it was so exciting, and at the same time I just wanted to lean back and snuggle up, praising God I don’t feel the need to climb Mount Everest. Halfway through the film Karen even said that her heart rate was uncomfortably high at times. Go watch it and you’ll see what I mean.

I also took some headshots for a friend’s medical school application. I think I might have to start an “Headshot Service.” As you know, I love everything that has to do with film and photography, and the fact that she got me a gift card to an amazing restaurant was really an awesome bonus!

And oh, on Wednesday, before I caught the cold, I sat a new personal best in distance swimming. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that after I got a stress fracture in my ankle, I started swimming three times a week. The first couple of times I had to take a break in between every single lap, and after about 20 of them, I was so exhausted I thought I’d pass out in the shower. At the time, I didn’t know anything about technique or breathing and I had more than enough with trying not drown. But after a lot of trial and error, combined with intense studying of tutorials on YouTube, I’ve gradually improved — to the point where I’m now able to swim 100 laps (2.3km) non-stop.

 

I’ve never had anyone show me how it’s supposed to be done, so my technique is probably a little (or very) rough around the edges. But I’ve had both a pool guard and a coach ask me if I would want to try out for the varsity swim team, so it can’t be that bad haha. I do however, suspect it has nothing to do with my actual technique, but rather the fact that they see me in the pool every morning at 6 AM. Hard work beats talent, right? Just in case you wondered, competitive swimming is completely out of the question. Parts of the reason why I decided to leave track & field behind, was so that I’d have more time to pursue my real dreams, and those dreams do not include competitive sports — unless, of course, I decide to make a sports documentary or direct a sports drama someday.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been asked a number of times, “Why do you even bother waking up and work out at 6 in the morning if you don’t HAVE to??!” Well, the answer is simple. I have a very busy schedule, and no matter how I twist, turn and schedule things, I only have 24 hours in a day. It’s also a common fact that I hate doing homework at night, and that I prefer getting everything done before supper. That way I can relax and do something fun before I go to bed. If I didn’t work out in the morning, I would probably sleep in until 8:30, and then I’d already be almost three hours behind schedule. So if I’d want to get a workout in during the day, I’d either have to do it at night (when I’m tired from a long day,) or around lunch time… but then I’d have to redo my make-up and do my homework at night… Do you see what I’m trying to explain here? Those hours after supper are dedicated to film work and relaxing. I’ll highly recommend everyone to try and make morning workouts a habit. Give it a week and see how it goes!

Well, I should get back to my Netflix marathon. Talk to ya later,
Maria

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