Guys, I’ve done it again; just checked out for a little while.
I didn’t mean to, but the last 3 weeks have been the busiest I’ve been in a long, long time. Island life has taught me to get used to things being much more chill, so when the schedule suddenly bulked up, I didn’t handle it the best. I promise I haven’t just been acting like a tourist and what not…
Sorry about that. I know how it looks, but I really have been busy!
Remember how I said I my initial spark of enthusiasm might fade sometimes through my comeback process? Well that’s been going on a little too. With my recent busy-ness I have also had less time to devote to my workouts. I don’t skip much, but more than I’d like. And by “skip” I only mean ever skipping out on my 2nd workout for the day, so I try to keep things in a good perspective and be grateful that I am starting to run and get one good cross training session in per day too.
Here’s the problem with returning to running for me: I’ve been totally spoiled for the last 4 years. After my first year of college, the BYU track team purchased an Alter G, which is an anti-gravity treadmill. Sound like something spacey from the future? That’s because it kind of is. I believe NASA developed it. Anyway, it allows you to run with less weight. It’s like a treadmill with a bubble around it. And all the cool kids have one. Like, Lauren Fleshman and Kara Goucher kind of cool.
To try and give you a better idea, here’s a video of Kara. In a few of the shots she is running on an Alter G.
The point is, in the past I’ve been able to use it to help me return to running after an injury much faster. Now that I don’t have access to one, I am becoming quickly frustrated with my slow progress back into the realm of running. I mean, going out for only 10-15 minutes can start to wear on an old running soul. Getting on the bike or in the pool after such a teasing little run is slightly torturous.
But I know this is what I need to be doing in order to (hopefully) finally end the vicious cycle of returning to training to quickly and re-injuring myself. SIGH.