Just running on a $60,000 treadmill. I have heard all about the AlterG Treadmills before so I was really excited that I finally got to try it out.
When I first got there they had me put some sweet compression/really tight shorts on that had a nice little flap on the top with a zipper. I stepped onto the treadmill and into the chamber and then zipped myself into it. The first thing that the treadmill did was weigh me so that it could correctly adjust to what % of body weight I set it to.
The dashboard had the normal settings for incline and speed (this particular one went up to 11 mph and also -3 mph ((so you could walk backwards on it)) and it had an easy to use weight control setting.
In the below picture, the treadmill was set for 59 = it was set for me to run with 59% of my bodyweight (it goes from 20-100%). Most rehab patients at this particular clinic usually use 50-75% of their bodyweight on the treadmill. It is all controlled by air pressure and it felt pretty strange when the chamber first filled up and then continued to add more air pressure… it definitely lifted me up. I loved that there were cameras at different places so that you could watch how you land/run on the screen in front of you.
I first started at 80% and then increased it all the way to 40%… as I was doing this running felt easier and easier and easier. It felt like I had an awesome tailwind making it feel so much easier to run at higher speeds than I normally do. It felt like I was running on clouds and I loved landing so lightly. I could get some sweet personal records on this thing;)
Man, I wish that I had one of these in the past when I was rehabbing from different injuries. Such a good way to keep up your fitness while coming back from a lower-body injury! It would also be so nice to use after a big race so that you could still run and train without all of the impact as you are recovering. The only thing that would take some getting used to for me was my arm swing. I felt a little off because I didn’t want to bump anything with my arms as I was running.
Now I just need to learn to run so light on my feet in a race:)
Sunday was a good one. We played in the leaves.
And for dinner we went to my mom’s house for my nephew’s bday dinner. He chose every item on the menu… oh my mom’s funeral potatoes are the best.
He begged me to take a picture with him since we were both wearing pink. PS Brooke is just scratching her nose:)
It is crazy that he is now 12 years old… I was in the room when he was born!
He let Brooke help him blow out his candles on his homemade oreos. I really loved his choice in dessert.
How often did you eat dinner together as a family when you were growing up? Did your mom or dad cook?
Ever gone to physical therapy for a running related injury? What did they have you do?
Who has tried an AlterG Treadmill out before? Thoughts!?!
On your birthday—> What do you normally choose for your dessert?