I hear from many friends, some long time runners like me, who keep getting injured and have to take time off from running, I would like to recommend the ElliptiGO as a workout tool to them. They are doing all they can by doing pool (or lake) running, using the ellipticals at a gym, and doing anything else they can to stay fit. I would say try the ElliptiGO. Now here is an idea I have. Running clubs should buy one or two of these and loan or rent them out to their injured runners. I bet they would be constantly in use and the injured runners would be much happier.
All good things must come to an end. Next week I will be tapering a bit for my first ElliptiGO race (and the first ElliptiGO race in New England). I have no idea how this will work out. All that I know is that it is going to be fun and I will see how hard I can push things. I will also enjoy meeting other ElliptiGO enthusiasts. Then is is back to school next week and I will have much less free time. Hopefully I can still get my daily fix in!
I tried running twice this week. It went a little better than last month (I did one 2 miler in July). My pacing is slow, my hips are stronger, but still lacking symmetry in how they work. I was not sore after the runs, but did have some tightness that went away by the next day. I am being patient. I will not run with pain or imbalance. Give me a year, I will be back!
Last week I traveled down to Falmouth on Cape Cod to visit my parents and to watch the Falmouth Road Race. It was fun riding my ElliptiGO on the Cape Cod Marathon/Falmouth Road Race course. I took these pictures on a drizzly day two days before the race. It turned into a downpour one mile before I reached home.
|The Road Race starts on the other side of this draw bridge.|
|Woods Hole Harbor|
|Surf Drive Beach looking towards Falmouth Harbor and the Heights Hill.|
|Falmouth Harbor. I used to have a paper route that ended across|
the street from here and then I would park my bicycle here and check out
|Going up Heights Hill. I used to run a 3 mile route from my house|
going up this hill and then going back down in front of the
wooden sidewalk in front of the Casino. I would do 2 or 3 loops.
It was one of my favorite running routes and you can see why.
|The finish line for the Falmouth Road Race. As I kid I played baseball|
games on the ball field.
|Woods Hole Harbor before the race.|
|About 30 minutes before the start|
|This road will soon be filled with 12,000 runners.|
|My viewing spot at the base of Heights Hill.|
|Runners going by during the race.|
Monday: 0 miles
Tuesday: 31 miles
Wednesday: 19 miles
Thursday: 0 miles
Friday: 27 miles Cape Cod Marathon/Falmouth Road Race courses (rain)
Saturday: 26 miles Cape Cod Marathon/Falmouth Road Race courses
Sunday: 13 mile Falmouth Road Race
total weekly ElliptiGO miles 116 miles
total ElliptiGO miles 1168 miles 7 weeks
Monday 2 miles running 17 minutes
Tuesday: 31 miles ElliptiGO (4 pigs wandering the rail trail)
Wednesday: 30 miles
Thursday: 31 miles
Friday: 2 miles running 17 miutes 20 miles ElliptiGO
Saturday: 30 miles
Sunday: 24 miles
total running miles 4 miles (double July- who hoo!)
total ElliptiGO miles 166 miles
total ElliptiGO miles 1334 miles 8 weeks
Here are a couple of pictures I took when riding my ElliptiGO through Hollis, NH and Pepperell, Ma this week. It may not be the ocean, but it is a beautiful place to ride just the same.
|I always get inspired by this sign for some reason.|
Nearing the end of this summer, I can say that it has been one of the best ones in years. I am so glad I took a chance on the ElliptiGO as it has been a long time since I have been able to workout so much without pain and to enjoy my surroundings so much as I train. It is good to be finally getting myself back, even if I took a different route than most injured athletes!