I like swimming don't get me wrong, but have you ever had one of those days where your tired, your entire body hurts, your legs hate you, and after every 50 you want to take a gun to your head???? Maybe I just still don't like swimming that much.... but I have those days probably at least once a week.
To combat the boredom, get me motivated, and sometimes even just to beef up my heart rate I've been using this:I call it my guilty pleasure. I know i-pods are controversial in training but my long runs would not get done without some good booty-shaking music. All you do is pop in your ipod shuffle and walla! The whole system is waterproof.
At first I never thought I would use it. After a couple of trials, I became an instant addict. Despite the headphones falling out every once in awhile, it really kept me motivated and even gave me a little kick in the a** when I needed it... (Especially on my long 4500 yd days=yuck!)
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Since I'm the rockstar-of-clumsiness, last week I made smooth move of dropping my i-pod into the pool while closing the case. Luckily for the sake of my long runs, I have the nano back-up!