Tuesday, April 15, 2008

One Step Closer

Today was the test. The test to see if I'm okay to attempt a run.

It's something my coach is a big fan of: water running. But this time it was different than before. This time it was shallow (as opposed to deep) water running, so I was actually putting a limited amount of impact on my knees while doing it.

I ran back and forth in the shallow end (4 feet deep, I think) doing anything I could come up with. Running forwards, backwards, side stepping, cross stepping, electric slide, you name it! I even mixed in some high knees, butt kicks, and hot coals from when I used to run track. The idea was to work as many muscles as possible in order to strengthen up my legs and get them ready to run.

And... I passed the test. I went 30 minutes without so much as a peep from my knee.

Here's the short term game plan, assuming all goes well:

Wednesday - Bike 10 miles in sunny 70 degree weather
Thursday - Same as Wednesday + water running
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Run around the block S-L-O-W-L-Y
Sunday - Swim

8 comments:

Non-Runner Nancy said...

30 minutes of water running? holy crap, you are a machine. That would kill me dead. YRMFO.

That's such good news, Bud!!

Reid said...

I'm so glad to hear your test went well for you! Will you be able to keep your run to just once around the block??

nwgdc said...

ohhhh to see my favorite grad student performing the electric slide in 4 feet of water. how many people did it take to keep the ladies at bay?

Tri+Umph said...

Nic - Only one: me.

UntPawGal02 said...

Water running for 30 minutes.. that somehow seems so more mentally tough than sitting on a bike trainer for 30 minutes! Glad the knee didn't give you any trouble :)

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO at Nic!! Awwwhhhh dang he got you homie, you gonna let that roll like that?

On the up side, that's GREAT! You'll be back at it in no time, right? ;-)

Christine said...

looks like you are on the mend! get well soooooon!

Nibbles said...

Awesome! That really is progress. Yahoo!