Which do you want first? Well the Good News is that I went to the doctor on Monday and she cleared me to run.
The Bad News is that she wasn’t like, “you are healed” but more like, “give it a try and see what happens”. Well after 2 runs totaling 3.5 miles the verdict is that my knee swelled a little and is hot to the touch so there is still something wrong. Ugh.
I ran 2 miles with Brad at Fort Snelling’s Pike Island coincidentally on National Running Day. My knee felt stiff, but it didn’t really hurt. I didn’t notice anything abnormal when I got home, but we also biked pretty hard from Snelling to home.
On Saturday, a program I run had a booth at the Midtown Farmer’s Market. I have to help set it up and tear down, but a student and their parent are in charge of running the actual booth, so I decided to run home after helping setup and then we went back later to tear down. It was a 1.5 and most of it was on the Greenway’s dirt trail. I felt fine on the run; my knee actually felt a little better than on Wednesday. But after wards it felt a little more swollen and was quite noticeably hot. So that’s not good.
On Tuesday I did my first ever open water swim. A few co-workers are triathletes and are going to do weekly swims at Lake Nokomis. I didn’t have anything else to do, so I went with and had a good time. Open water swimming is so much different than pool swimming. It felt really weird at first and even though I could touch (my hand actually hit the bottom once or twice) it was still a little scary feeling at times.
On Sunday, my friend Brad was running the Minneapolis Marathon. Brad also just had a baby on Tuesday morning and was extremely exhausted. He decided at Mile 18 to drop out of the race. I can’t imagine how getting very little sleep would impact your marathon performance. Great job Brad! I had a lot of fun riding around on my bike cheering him and other runners on for the race. I ended up knowing 4-5 other people out there. I wore my Team World Vision jersey and one of the racers was wearing his and talked to me a bit. His name is Jesse and he ran a 5:07 even though he tore his meniscus (again) before the halfway mark. At mile 18 he said, “I’m going to finish, even if I crawl.” After Brad dropped out, I decided to not ride back downtown to the finish, but met my wife at Lake Calhoun.
On the ride there I got into a small pack of bikes and we were nailing 20 mph for 4-5 miles. It felt good. I ended up with 35 miles for the day. Crazy!
This week’s stats are:
Running – 3.5 miles
Biking – 71 miles
Swimming – 450 meters
This week’s One Post is Running with Music in my Ears!
Related articles by Zemanta
- Minneapolis Marathon 2010 Course Breakdown (slideshare.net)