running again

by Keeprunningirl on 10/15/2012

A little over a month ago, I wrote a pretty positive blog post about my ongoing recovery from a stress reaction in my tibia.  At the time, I was about a month into the “no running” prescription and doing pretty well with various cross training.   Since then, I have kept up with the cross training and even purchased my own mountain bike (GT Avalanche)… riding my bike has become a very regular thing!


Of course it hasn’t all been positive.  At the time I wrote that post, I was hoping to be running again in about two weeks, as it was the magical end of the 6 weeks off.  Turns out things weren’t so magical and I was referred for physical therapy for 6 more weeks.   But the silver lining is that PT includes weekly runs on the AlterG, anti-gravity treadmill.

This space age (literally, it uses patented NASA technology) treadmill allows me to run at a reduced percentage of my body weight.   The first session, I ran 1 mile nonstop at 75% of my body weight.  The second session:1.5 miles at 80-85% of body weight.

on the AlterG Treadmill

Before running on the treadmill, I am zipped into the contraption – special shorts zip right into the treadmill.  The treadmill calibrates my weight and then I can enter a percentage.   It’s a strange feeling at first – being so light on my feet, I felt like I could run faster with less cardiovascular effort.  After weeks on an elliptical, I was just happy to be on a treadmill… running!


Once I completed the second session without any pain, I was given a cautionary ok to go try some quarter mile intervals, which I did on the Santa Fe Trail just this past weekend.    After the AlterG, I felt so heavy and a little awkward running outside.   One thing missing was that old familiar pain … it’s funny how I just expected it as I headed out on the trail.   I did feel a little twinge or tug in that area – but it’s hard to say if it’s real or just imagined.

A couple miles on the treadmill, a couple outside… I’m running again.  It’s going to be a long road but just happy to be back on it!



  • Kdshenuk

    So happy for you!

  • Booty

    Yay! Can’t wait till we are running side by side again!

  • Sonal Modisette

    It’s going to be a good while before I can run with you again my multiple marathoner friend!  but me too – can’t wait!

  • Roadburner

    I know you are working from an injury, but with all this effort you are putting into biking, have you ever considered competing in a duathlon?  Of course, you need to heal first, but it is a great way to combine the two passions.  Just a thought!  Hang in there and good luck on your recovery!

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