The Gift of Running | Week 4

I am very surprised at what a difference it makes to increase my weight ratio from 50% to 55% on the AlterG.  No surprise that once again it was a real struggle to maintain a solid running pace at 55% body weight.

The first mile on day one was tough.  I had some regression in the feeling n function in my left leg and could barely feel my heel strike.  It was a struggle to keep up any type of speed and I spent a lot of time just focusing on getting mentally past the discomfort.  This seemed to do the trick and the second and third mile proved much less difficult.  I questioned my decision to move to the higher weight and considered going back to 50%, but I just couldn’t fathom the thought of going backwards so I committed to the discomfort and decided to stay the course.

By mile four on the third day, I was still feeling heavier and unsure of my decision to go to a higher weight.  I was still struggling and my left foot was really hurting under the impact of the extra weight.  Instead of stopping, I briefly shifted back to 40% weight, which is so easy to do on the machine.  I only needed a few minutes at a lower weight and my foot recovered enough to finish out the week at 55%.  I may not ready, but next week’s goal will be to try for 60% weight.

Week 4 Progress:

Day One –

  • Time: 40 mins.
  • Distance:  miles 3.25
  • Weight: 55 %
  • Speed: Miles 1 & 2 = 7.0 mph, Mile 3  =8.0 mph
  • 5 minute walks to warm-up & warm-down @ 2.5 mph

Day Two –

  • Time: 45 mins.
  • Distance: 3.37 miles
  • Weight:   55%
  • Speed: Mile 1 & 2= 6mph, Mile 3= 7 mph, Mile 4 = 8 mph

Day Three –

  • Time: 45 mins.
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Weight: 55% (short time @ 40%)
  • Speed: Mile 1 = 6.5 mph, Mile 2 & 3 = 7.5 & 8.5mph

Next week’s goal: Move to 60% body weight varying speeds.