Saturday, June 19, 2010

Aqua World

The good news: the ITB serious issue is pretty much gone. My PT has used the Graston technique which in simple words "scrapes" scar tissue. In only two sessions my ITB pain is 80% healed. I still have some pain at hip level where the ITB starts, but it is totally gone along the leg to the knee. Thanks Ben!!! and thanks to the foam roller.

The bad news. The bone bruise... is still there. The way of knowing is standing up putting all my weight on the left knee without using the right leg. The pain is right there in that little hole....

Because of these standing issues, my PT and the doc insist in NO running or weight bearing activity. My major concern is that my 16-week training plan for NY is scheduled to start the last week of July... How do I get there without running for 2-3 months? Well, my awesome PT sent me to the pool... for aqua running... which is said to be the training closest to running. This activity, done with a water belt in the deep side of the pool, may compensate for the missing running and help me to keep a decent base to start my marathon training with decent shape.

"The basic technique is similar to jogging (recovery running). The idea is to reach out with the leading leg and pull it through the water strongly and evenly. The trailing leg needs to be actively pulled forward (because of the increased resistance of the water) at the same time. The front foot should "land" in front of the body's centre of gravity. Keep the knees "low" and actively flex the rear foot at "push-off." Arm action should be as for land running.

"The elimination of weight bearing makes this an ideal method for rehabilitating or conditioning injured athletes, particularly those with foot, ankle, or knee injuries for whom running on land is contraindicated."

As an obedient patient, and after so many weeks of frustration, I finally decided to change my running world and went for pool shopping. I have done aqua running four times now, 2 hours each session, and I like it. I always have loved pools, so the water is very appealing to me and it is not bored at all, though... I'd rather be running....on the road... and my races... I miss them so much!

Anyway, I am playing with this set of cards dealt to me. I am in my new world: Aqua World.

PS: I am also biking twice a week at a light effort. I don't like it at all...


Susan said...

Good for you! What a positive attitude. You actually make me contemplate doing a bit of aqua running simply to beat this nasty heat we have here. It's AWFUL!

I know you will be ready for NYC. Nothing stops LL!!!

Petraruns said...

Oh Lizzie Lee - first off - don't you look AMAZING in your swimming costume! And secondly - good for you for going down this road. I know it's not road running but it makes SO much sense at this juncture. I am with Susan - you'll be ready!

Irish Blue said...

Lizzie, I think that's what the pro's do when they are hurt...makes sense. Anyway, way to make lemonade out of lemons. I hope you are recovered and back at it soon.