I headed to the Doctor yesterday for a follow up from my toe surgery in December. After looking at my slightly swollen toe, he asked how it was, and what I’ve been able to do on it. I told him I’ve been running—much less than usual but still running- and that I ran 6 miles yesterday morning. He promptly told me he was proud of me and that it was great I was already back to running when my surgery was only 4.5 weeks ago. He was really happy with how things are going, and said I don’t need to return! Best news, right? He did tell me that my toe will be swollen a bit longer than usual only because I am running on it, but he’d rather see me running than worrying about that. Pretty great doctor who understands the desire to run, right? If you live in the Pittsburgh area and ever need a Podiatrist, let me know! I highly recommend him.
He was telling me a pretty cool story, so I feel like sharing..
A few years ago, he had a patient who ran lots of marathons, and averaged 15-20 miles on a normal run. She was a diehard, but came to him after her arch in her foot started bothering her 10-15 miles in and had to really focus to finish her run. He ran an MRI and found out her tendon was torn from her arch to her calf! If any of us tore our tendon remotely, we would be hobbling in. It took her a few months to go in, but because she was so strong, her other tendons made up for it. Needless to say, he had never seen this, and couldn’t find any research on it. He ended up using a cadaver tendon and replacing hers. What a champ that lady was to be running with a completely torn tendon. Craziness, people!
Alright, back to our workout talk. I love sharing workouts with you, you know that. I love challenging myself and working towards getting stronger.
Lately, though, I’ve been at a fairly comfortable level of fitness. I haven’t been pushing myself to go stronger, faster, or longer. Instead, I’ve just been content. Yes, a lot has to do with above mentioned toe, but I want to continue working on speed and strength. One area in particular I’ve been lacking at is incline. With a treadmill, it’s easy to just leave it on an incline of 0 and be fine with it. I mean, it is easier. But, where is it getting me when I have to run outside in my neighborhood full of hills, or even just on a slight incline. No where, my friends. So it’s gotta change.
For this, basically, choose two speeds. Choose your normal running speed that you can do inclines on, and one that’s 2 mph higher (or what you feel comfortable with). When the incline is minimal (1), your speed will go up. When the Incline is higher, the speed will come down to your normal one. The times differ to offer a variety, and work your body more. This burned, so good. It showed me that, yes, I am out of shape with inclines and speed. However, I like a challenge and I’m excited to start working towards getting faster and stronger!
What do you do to work on speed?
Be honest, do you change inclines when running on the treadmill?
**As always, please check with your doctor before beginning a new workout program. These workouts are what works for me, but I love to share them with you. Remember each person is different, so do what you can if you try this!**