Cross-training and Treadmill Running

So remember how last week I said I was going to simulate all my runs on the elliptical and see how things went with my foot?

I started out last Monday with all the best intentions — in fact, I tortured myself with 45 minutes on the elliptical that night. It was double-y depressing because we had some gorgeous weather here in DC, but instead of being outside, I was stuck in a basement on an elliptical.

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To reward myself for surviving 45 minutes on the machine from hell, I snuck over to the treadmill to test out my foot. Good news, I ran five pain-free minutes! I immediately hopped off the treadmill and was in a much better mood because that’s some good progress.

Wednesday’s workout rolled along, and I dragged myself to the gym, got on the elliptical and survived for exactly 8 minutes and 32 seconds before I wanted to blow my brains out. I just couldn’t make myself stay on that thing for the remainder of the workout.

So I snuck over to the treadmill again and ran for five minutes and then walked for a minute. Then I ran for another five minutes and walked for another minute. My foot felt totally fine. Zero pain!

So I repeated my run/walk sequence for another couple rounds, rounding things out with 25 minutes of run time. No pain, everything felt great. I practically skipped out of the gym.

I did my regularly schedule cross-training on Friday and was making big plans to do my first outside run on Saturday since my injury.

Since my foot seemed pretty healed, and I had stopped wearing the walking boot completely, I wanted to see how the rest of my body held up to some distance after a couple weeks off. I set out to do seven miles, with plenty of options to bail if things took a turn for the worst and with a plan to mix in some walking as necessary.

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Everything felt really awesome until maybe mile 4. Then I could feel my form getting wonky because my legs were tired. I stopped and walked for a bit to loosen things up, and when I started running again, I felt pretty good. I was able to finish the last three miles following my run one mile, walk one minute combo.

The next day my legs were definitely stiff and a little sore, but my foot didn’t hurt at all.

So here’s where things stand when it comes to the half marathon. We are officially 30 days from race day. I just ran more than half the race distance, and if I increase my long run by one mile each week between now and race day (which puts me back on track with my training plan), I will be able to start the race.

The only other major adjustment I’m making is to switch my Tuesday workouts from a run to cross-training. My training plan called for either and I had been doing a short recovery run, but I think it will be smarter to stick with cross-training.

So that’s where we are. I’m definitely more optimistic that I’ll be able to run the half, but we’ll see how things go the next couple of weeks.

Comments

  1. Fred and Tina says:

    Sounds great Jess! We will be following your progress! 🙂

  2. That machine from hell you mention looks very much like the Landice Elliptimill I have in my basement! Continue best wishes on your training!

  3. Cool! that’s good progress. I got a couple of prescriptions and 4 weeks of physical therapy yesterday from the orthopaedist.
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