Sunday, August 7, 2011

You're Welcome

Yesterday I said, "Thank You."

This morning I went out for a 12-miler and made it 10 steps before my leg said, "Nope. Not gonna happen." When you know, you know...

I turned around, went home, and e-mailed my coach about Plan B.

Plan B = 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes stair machine, 30 minutes elliptical

Alrighty then. Let's stay positive. At least I can still workout. Just got some new songs on my iPod. It's all good.

You can imagine my thoughts when I walked into the Marine Corps Base gym and saw two of these:


I was grinning from ear-to-ear.

If that's not God's way of saying, "You're welcome," I don't know what is!!!!

I mean, come on! Yuma doesn't even have a Macy's. Or a Chik-Fil-A. Or a Chipotle. Or even a Costco! 

But lo and behold the day that I hang it up and decide it's time for cross-training, I find that the gym now has two anti-gravity treadmills.

So I got my brief on how to use it and jumped right to it after 30 minutes on the elliptical. 

I was able to do 7 miles at about 40% of my body weight comfortably. I went up to 45% and my leg got a tad achy. After talking to my coach and describing my symptoms, it sounds like I may have posterior tibial tendonitis. I've been WAY too aggressive about changing my footstrike. I was a moderate heel-striker, and I think I actually got a little carried away and changed up to practically a forefoot strike. Too much. And now I am paying for it.

At any rate, what's done is done. I'm going to be re-habbing on this guy + elliptical + stair machine. And icing. And calf raises. And finding a comfortable footstrike.

And continuing to say THANK YOU to the man upstairs.


  1. SHUT UP!!!! that is just awesome. Seriously. that is cool. too cool. so glad you have some incredible rehab machines to work with!!!

  2. agree with Julie. That is absurd. I think my gym would have to charge $500 per month before they would buck of for something that intense. I'm happy you get to use this!

  3. Okay... now that is just cool!! I must find one of these tings!!

    Im sorry about your hip though. Ouch!! How long does it take to heal? Dare I ask??

  4. The Alter G is SO amazing. I got an opportunity to use one coming back from my hip injury. It was 7 hours away though so I could only just try it....Two of those! Who needs Costgo!!! (who am I kidding, everyone needs Costgo.....)

    Take care of yourself. Hope you heal up quick!!!

  5. Holy crap that is awesome! I am sorry about your injury, but it's great that you will be able to use this as you rehab!