After 130 days of absolutely no running at all, I was able to run 20 minutes on the Alter G Antigravity treadmill. I was so happy I was texting my husband and friends, “I’m doing it! I’m running RIGHT NOW!” I felt light discomfort as my ankle tried to figure out what in the world was going on, but otherwise it was very successful. And then I ran another 20 minutes. Then 30 twice! After four sessions on the alter g I was finally cleared to try 30 minutes of running on a real surface, treadmill or outside, and after 153 days I am happy to say I’m back to running 1-3 times a week.
With the help of my new tri coach Glenn, I’m building my base back up and being smart about it. This means keeping my HR down below 138 (the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do) and not trying to prove to myself that I can still pump out 10 min miles with ease (I actually did this on my first alter g appointment. And then I promptly got yelled at). It may be killing me to not go out and run hill repeats and run outside in weather that causes my sweat to freeze to my jacket, but I know I’ll look back on this period of my training with pride when I am destroying Escape the Cape and the NYC Tri this summer.