9:45am came quickly today. Dr. Katz was quite excited to hear I didn't have any more bleeding since last week. Actually high fived me. Said he was pretty much "stumped" anyway! No TB, and no other tests are necessary unless there is microscopic blood cells in my urine sample I gave them this morning. Meaning if they find anything in my urine I can't run yet...LUCKILY I'm clear as day. So I don't have to go back until a 3 month check up or if something else happens. Dr. Katz even gave me his mobile number in the event something else happens. He "thinks" it was a case of "runners hematuria" but cannot be sure. Either way I was cleared to exercise again!
I made it to the Paradise Valley Community College after work and hit up the track there. I don't remember running on a track in the last 15 years. Seriously. So this was pretty much a new experience for me and I think I'm hooked. The track is so much softer than a road and the laps come sooner than you expect. Starting out today I went pretty slow not knowing how my body was going to react. I probably did the first mile in 7 minutes, I just couldn't help it. I evened it out after that and did 4+ miles in about 34 minutes or so (didn't have my watch). I felt really good having run at the end but definately was a little behind on the conditioning. It was only 2 weeks away but I feel like my body took a beating through the entire situation. Either way I'm excited to be back in it.
I also have been reading Chi Running, a random purchase at the Half Priced Bookstore. it's pretty interesting in how your form and the common misconceptions of the running world that has led to a lot of the injuries in the field. I feel like I'm already running a little softer, a little smoother and with a little more balance. Not sure that is going to change any results come race days.