As I left off in the world of the sprained ankle, last week was two sessions of underwater treadmill running. I also included 3 pilates classes and several different rounds on the elliptical. But late Friday afternoon, I heard the most glorious words I had heard in 26 days. “You can try and run a 1/2 mile this weekend on the treadmill.”
I thought I would be the first person at the gym but a few cocktails left me sleeping in and rehydrating before I made it there. I told myself no running until you finish your elliptical mileage. My goal was 6 miles. Let me tell you-I am not one with the elliptical. I have tried, and tried, and tried over the years. But I get bored. Thank God for College Game Day, the latest Runner’s World, and NUUN!
They saved my 1:05 on that dreaded machine. Did you know that the elliptical starts over after you hit an hour? I had no idea. Just so you know, I spun enough to make it 6-stupid counter cut me off after the 1:05.
I said a little prayer, and on wobbly-post-elliptical legs I hopped on the treadmill. I’m not sure if it was the fear, or being tired, but I couldn’t move very fast. I started at a slow jog and tried to increase speed. I told myself, “Baby steps.”
I felt off. It wasn’t pretty. It was slow. It was short. BUT, IT WAS RUNNING!!
I really didn’t hurt on Saturday either-which was a great sign. I was excited for PT yesterday. I went in prepared for the water, and was asked, “Ready to try the treadmill?” Uh, yes please!
I did even more jumping type exercises, my regular strength work, and then hopped on the treadmill. I’m not going to lie, it was sore. I was a bit worried but Chris (PT) said that was normal. She said it may be sore for the next 6 months and the key is to ice it after each run.
I started slow and worked my way to a 10 minute pace. Honestly, I am scared to push the pace any more than that. I know it will come back eventually, but I want to play it safe-especially after tired legs from all of the PT exercises. I was only allowed 1.5 miles. I’m okay with that. It felt nice to just get back into the rhythm.
Before I left, Chris gave me more exciting news. I can run 3 times this week. All on the treadmill, increasing by half a mile each time. So, PT counted as one, yesterday I did 2 (pain free and awesome), and Thursday I will do 2.5. I’m excited. I’m anxious. I’m a little nervous and scared. But it’s running again. Baby steps, yes. But running.
How do you stay entertained on the elliptical or treadmill? What’s the furthest distance you’ve gone on either machine?