The benefits of training outside the pool

This week I discovered how beneficial it is to have a well-rounded training scheme that includes other physical work outside of the swimming pool. As I mentioned in my first blog, Swimathon isn't the only challenge I’m taking on this year. I’m also running the Virgin Money London Marathon and I've found that training for one is, in turn, helping the other.


Yesterday I reached a bit of a personal milestone in my running. I ran 16 miles, the longest I’ve ever gone. It was by no means easy and I had to stop a fair few times, including a 15-minute break where I gave myself a stern internal talking to. Lord only knows what people thought of me walking around in circles giving myself an inspirational speech. I think that often in the moment you really beat yourself up about needing a break.


Yesterday every time I had to stop I certainly did and it has been a similar story when the going gets tough in the pool. But once I completed my run, I realised that this is what training is all about. I’m not going to breeze through 16 miles, just like I’m not going to get in the pool and conquer the lengths without some hard graft.


Completing that run made me realise that I need to congratulate myself on my progression and not beat myself up on those minor setbacks. So, if I’ve learnt one thing from this weekend that I’ll take forward into this week’s training, it’s that it’s ok to take a break. In the long run it’s only going to benefit me.


I shouldn’t feel guilty for needing a break, and neither should you. If you’re enjoying reading my blog, I’d love to hear from you and hear about how your training is going. Also if you’d like to sponsor my effort you can do so by visiting my Just Giving page.


by Ben Wicks Media & PR Manager Ben Wicks, one of Marie Curie’s Media & PR Managers, is taking on the world’s biggest fundraising swim event, Swimathon. In the run up to the challenge Ben will be telling his story, documenting all the aches and pains of training and explaining why he’s raising money for Marie Curie. Ben Wicks, Media and PR Manager