October 11, 2004
(no, not running) This morning I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes on the arctrainer (like an elliptical but with the flywheel in front), and 35 minutes on the elliptical. Then I did some extremely wimpy lower-body weights (abductor/adductor, quadriceps). It was almost beyond boring, but I felt like I was doing myself some good.
About 45 minutes into the workout I felt a little tiny pain, but compared to 99% of the running workouts during the past 10 weeks, this was practically pain-free. I don't know whether this was from not running for the past 3 days or from the workout itself (elliptical trainer always makes me feel like I've had a really good stretch), or some combination of both.
MRI is scheduled for tomorrow and I guess the doctor will have it a day or two later. At one point last week I decided not to try running until Tuesday (tomorrow), but since then my husband has talked me into waiting until after the doc's read the MRI.
Can I really hope to stay in reasonable shape just crosstraining?
Posted by joe positive at October 11, 2004 2:56 PM
Let us know how it goes (the MRI, that is)...
Yes, I think you can stay in very good shape crosstraining, but I think you have to work a lot harder than you do with running. I have to put in a lot of effort to get my heart rate as high as it is when I'm just jogging. But as long as you get your heart rate up and keep it there, you can stay very fit. Intervals (on any machine) are great for doing this, and I've found spinning classes to be really helpful.
Posted by: Alison at October 14, 2004 12:48 PM