Itchy legs, pain-free knees, refraction, and other random happenings


My legs are itchy like woah ever since masters swim started. “So Erin, put lotion on after you shower!” Oh, oh you don’t even know how much lotion I’ve been slatherin’ on my legs. “Then try using moisterizing body wash?” Ok, that’s a legit idea. I’ll go and invest in a big ol’ bottle this weekend. But seriously, this whole itchy dry skin business is crampin’ my style and it’s uber distracting. Any other swimmers in the house? How do you keep your skin from drying out??

Yesterday (Thursday) was my mid-week easy run. I enjoyed 4 pain-free miles on a gorgeous 45 degree day. I wore capri tights and one long sleeve. And was sweating my tush off. Don’t be jealous :P

Today (Friday) was masters swim. Every day I go, I fall more in love with it. I played wall tag for 3300 yrds in total. We swam a long warm up (500yrds) and did a lot of breathing sets. I’m getting so much more confident in the water, breathing-wise. I’ve really got it down and I’m comfortable breathing every 3-5 strokes depending on intensity.

Masters swim goes from 7am-8:30am and my favorite part is sometime around 8:15ish, when the sun starts to shine into the pool area through the huge glass windows. I love the way the light refracts into the water, dancing about the pool floor. The water gets so clear and bright. It feels like a nice little reward after pulling and kicking for an hour straight. The little things… I love the little things in life :)

This weekend shall be lovely, as I’m heading up to WY to kick it with my big bro. I can’t tell you how much I love living only a 2 1/2 hr drive away from family. It’s the coolest. Will’s training for a marathon, too, so we’ll probably do our long runs together at some point. I’ve got 9 miles on tap and I’m pumped to bust out my Nathan Fuel Belt.

On Monday or Tuesday, I’m thinking about elaborating on what I’ve been doing at home (phys. therapy-wise) to keep my bum ITB knee pain at bay. I’m really glad my PT suggested these workouts because they seem to help!

Have an active, fun weekend, friends!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicole says:

    winter is tough on dry skin. i used to work in a pool 25-30 hours a week. no joke. i was in there so much i almost turned into a little fishy. although it says you need to rinse off all your lotion before you get in the pool, just lather up, lightly rinse and hop in. the pool people might not approve but your skin will! :)

  2. the dawn says:

    my suggestion would be to use a humidifier at night. i can always tell a difference in winter when i use the humidifier. and i know in colorado the air is super dry. it might help…

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