Okay I am fully aware that it’s been ages since I last did a Go For It post. I’ve been so focused on running that trying new things has fallen by the wayside. But that is not an excuse my friends! Variety is so important to a good routine and sadly I’ve been failing miserablly in that regard lately.
However, last week I got the chance to try something different. I was lucky enough to join the launch of Swim Social with Scottish Swimming at the Toll Cross International Swimming Centre. It’s a pretty impressive place and I won’t lie when I tell you that I was a little bit apprehensive about what I was about to do because they were not messing around: we were (quite literally) going into the deep end!
Bar the odd length in a hotel swimming pool, I haven’t swam properly since I was a child. Back then I loved going straight to the deep end when I went to Saturday swimming classes. Honestly, you couldn’t keep myself or my big brother out of the water. But it’s a skill that I’ve neglected in my adult life and it’s something that I would like to improve on again.
When I got into the pool I realised just how much I’d forgotten, swimming is hard going! I felt unfit even though I would never have said that of myself. But the instructors were incredibly helpful. My instructor told me to remember to breathe (oh yeah, that!) I practiced breathing under water and went for another length, it was much easier than when I was trying to keep my head above water the whole time! He advised me to keep my hips up rather than standing in the water – I did this and found myself getting faster! Then he suggested trying out a back stroke. I was flying!
Swimming is a brilliant way of keeping fit. For runners it’s great for breathing and is much easier on the knees. It builds strength with a lower risk of injury. I found my session really good and although I’m not a world class swimmer I found that the guidance I received made a big difference in the way I swam. I’m going back to Tollcross on my next free weekend. I want to be a stronger swimmer and I’m seriously considering making the time for lessons.
If you are in the Glasgow area I’d recommend the adult swimming classes, the instructors really are brilliant. I’ve added a link to swim social here if you’d like to take a look (you’ll find a photo of me in there too if you have a look through the links :P) But wherever in the world you live, I’d recommend getting out of your comfort zone and rediscovering swimming.