I have not been in a pool to swim laps in almost 5 years. Back in 2003 I spent the summer training for my first 10K. In order to give my body a break from the pounding, I alternated swimming days with running days. My goal for the summer was to swim 1 mile continuously. I worked my way up slowly and finished off the summer with a 1 mile swim.
The funny thing is, I remember really enjoying the swimming. On days that were running days I'd get up and begrudgingly head off to the gym. But on swimming days I got up raring to go and couldn't wait to get to the pool. The swimming was just so calming and meditative. I remember thinking that eventually one day I'd swim for exercise instead of all of the funny running stuff.
Of course, since then I've definitely fallen in love with running so I'm curious to see how this swimming thing will pan out.
Not too shabby!