Almost 40 and thinking of enrolling in an adult swimming class. It's kinda embarrassing I think ... should I just do it on my own? I know how to float ...
A little background: I have no previous formal swimming lessons. I'm a newbie runner, running for about a year now. Just completed 6 Half Marathons in 7 months ... will start next week 24 weeks of training for my 1st Full Marathon in NY. I thought about swimming as I heard its really a good cross training and it will improve my breathing ... thanks!
Coming from a runner of 5+ years, swimming is just as AWESOME!!!
I learned how to swim about 5 months ago. I signed up for a class at the local community college. I refused to leave the pool until I improved on something. Now...i'm no expert...but I can swim 1 mile in the pool.
You have less overall pain/ache/etc b/c your replacing some running days with swim days. Your breathing gets A LOT more efficient b/c you learn to control it.
It's a lot of fun. Now I wake up at 5:30am just so I can beat everyone to the pool...to get a primo lane.
I know you're afraid of feeling like an idiot....but trust me...we're all idiots and you're not alone.
agree. Go and do the lessons. Who cares what anybody else thinks. Like you I always heard swimming was really good cross training for runners. I never tried it because I never had swim lessons and didn't want to look like a fool. I have been running for 3 years but am sidelined due to injury. So I signed up for lessens and am so glad I did. Before I could swim a few laps of the pool but would be totally exhausted. Now by learning proper form and breathing I feel as if I actually accomplished something. I admit that for me swimming does not have the same thrill of running, but that just might because I am more worried about drowning!
Good Luck and don't worry about others. If the look its because they are envious