I do like drinking water, just so we’re clear. I’m fine with looking at water, and floating on top of it. But being immersed in water is not one of my favorite things. Even hot baths only sound appealing every once in a while.
Water makes you soaking wet, is usually too cold if it’s not too hot, and makes all your movements feel futile. Plus, I can’t float. No, I literally cannot. Many people have tried to teach me. And then there’s the drippy, chlorine-y aftermath.
Apart from all that, my first week trying pool running went pretty well. Thankfully my gym offers hyrdorunning classes, so I don’t have to face the boredom of pool running by myself. I went to my first class on Tuesday. The class format is lots of intervals with differing times and intensities, and using a few different strokes. The strokes that aren’t analogous to land running were hard for me to pick up on – I don’t think I got any of them quite right during this class. The 50-minute class left my knee pretty achy the next day.
I went to class again on Thursday, but only stayed for ~30 minutes. That seemed to be about the right amount of time, as my knee felt much better afterwards. My physical therapist wants me to be able to do the full class before I really start running again; I’m hoping I’ll be able to add 5 or so minutes each class and be up to the full 50 minutes in a couple weeks. I did a lot of pretending I like water this week – I doubt I’ll ever be a water person – but if I wasn’t exactly happy about it, the pretending at least kept me from being grumpy. Having someone there coaching also distracted me from the….general wateriness.
At my PT appointment this week the therapist worked on releasing my hip flexors again. While I haven’t noticed a lot of progress, she said she could tell I’d been doing my stretches. (Specifically…that my hip flexors now feel like muscle instead of bone.) My new knee exercise this week is one-leg stands on a Bosu. The wobble is to help my LCL start strengthening against the stresses it’s supposed to handle while running. So that sounds like “almost ready for running”, right?
On the non-injury side of things, I started a new workout program specifically for pull-ups. Since my lower body exercises will be limited for a while yet, I figure it’s a good time to finally stick with a pull-up program long enough to get some pull-ups. The workouts are full body, though of course upper body focused. Some of the lower body exercises are OK for my knee. For now, I’m subbing PT exercises in for the others.
I did the first week of the program this week – minus Friday, when I started coming down with a cold. So this weekend I slept, read, and watched TV. And then I took some Dayquil today just so I could go to the library book sale. Priorities.
Are you a water baby or a reluctant swimmer/pool runner?