Don’t tell my PT this, but I ran for 45 minutes and walked for 5 minutes on the treadmill this morning.
We are in New Orleans and I went down to the hotel fitness center as early as I could drag myself out of the warm, cozy bed. It was about 6:30 a.m. When I got down there, the lone elliptical machine was occupied. There was a recumbent bike, but I have issues that prohibit me from sitting on one of those things for very long.
So, I got on one of the two treadmills and set it for 45 minutes at a 15 minute pace. When I first started running, I felt a little weird. It was sort like my knees were swollen or something, but they weren’t. I ran at the 15 minute pace for a mile and then sped up to a 12 minute pace for a mile. So far, so good.
THEN, a lady got on the treadmill next to me. For some random reason, I felt like I COULDN’T get off or slow down while she was next to me. I don’t know why, but I started going faster and faster every 5 minutes or so. I ran the last half mile at just under a 9 minute pace. WHAT??
I know the PT ‘recommended’ that I not run or walk for long distances, but it felt great. For just those 45-50 minutes, I felt good running. I didn’t even mind that it was on the treadmill.
As I was stepping off of the treadmill, I was sort of anticipating a little knee pain, but I felt fine.
It’s 12 hours later and after walking around on an hour and a half campus tour, up 3 flights of stairs, down 6 flights (don’t ask), a couple of hours of walking the streets of New Orleans, my knees are hurting. They aren’t terrible, but they are hurting.
Oh, well. I have no regrets. Maybe the elliptical will be free in the morning.
Until next time!