Yesterday we went to Modena to see the osteopath. Ale was hoping he’d be able to just fix him, I guess, but the truth is, the problem with his knee is liquid behind the tendons that needs to be re-absorbed, so he’ll just have to sit on his ass for 20 days. He’s not happy, but he’s also starting to see LochNess coming his way, so he’s willing to actually rest.
He also worked on my back and foot and it’s great to see that now I’m able to actually know what works and what doesn’t in my body and most of all I’m able to take care of it myself for the most part.
We also had coffee with Julia and then we headed back to Vicenza, where I was scheduled for my run.
While we were driving in the highway it started raining, than it started REALLY raining, then it got worse and worse.
(nothing like italian summers…)
0km from home we saw the civil protection truck with a freaking boat attached to the side! Because of what happened last november, we thought they were being overly careful, but apparently the river overflew in several places. There has been only one casualty (a guy who got stuck in an underground garage in Verona and drowned), but it definitely wasn’t running weather.
So I set my alarm clock at 6am today and when I woke up it was still raining cats and dogs.
After googling to see how much rain would be “too much rain for running” and reading that thunders and lightnings + overflowing manholes in fact do qualify, I freaked out a little bit. I cannot use the spin bike because each time I do my left knee hurts like hell after 30 minutes and then I can’t run for 2 days and tonight I’ll be having a portfolio reading for young photographers, so I’ll be stuck on a chair.
What to do? What to do? Go back to bed? Try the spin bike anyway? Do yoga? It looked like the rain was a little a little less, now, should I go out anyway and just suck it up?
After 10 minutes I decided that if Zatopek could run in place when he had to, so could I (minus the winter boots and the wife on my shoulders). I didn’t have much time to put together a proper workout, and I decided I’d rather spend my time moving my body around than researching the Internet for the perfect interval training circuit of some sort.
So I headed to the basement and did the following:
- about 15 minutes of going up and down the last step of my stairs, moving my arms around and lifting my knees, at a speedy pace.
- about 10 minutes of alternating jumping jacks and running in place.
- about 10 minutes skipping rope (about 1 minute jumping- 20″ rest)
While I was trying to understand if this could be considered enough to make up for a lost run, I realized I was dripping sweat on the floor and my legs felt like mush, so I decided it was at least better than the “go back to sleep” option and finally headed to the shower.