|This is EXACTLY how I look when I make a perfect 4 in aqua jogging!|
The first time I tried aqua jogging, I thought it was mind-numbingly boring, especially since I can't listen to music while I do it. This time I feel different about the whole thing. I have been very stressed lately, and I thought that my mind would be racing while I was in the pool. That's one of the reasons why I like music while I run; it drowns out the scary Voices in my head. (Read this post for further explanations about what goes on inside my head. Spooky!)
As I drove to the pool at five in the morning, I made a list of things I should be working over in my mind. Then I added some hypothetical challenges to my day that I anticipated having to overcome. What I actually thought about when I got in the pool was. . . nothing. I just kind of zoned. It was actually very relaxing.
It started when I was trying to pay attention to my foot to see if there was any pain during pool time. Then I decided to use the opportunity to work on my running gait. Before my injury, my coach was encouraging me to practice a mid-foot strike without taking huge steps. I focused on making my legs look like the Road Runner's, a blurry circle. This is surprisingly difficult on a track but easy enough in a pool.
|This is exactly how I SHOULD look when I'm working on my gait, but the reality is that I probably look like the coyote, tongue and all, when I run.|
I'm seeing the orthopedist on Columbus Day, and I'm hoping for good news!