So... I'm watching The Biggest Loser right now. The contestants have to run 26 miles as part of a challenge. They have 26 days to train.
Am I the only one who feels uncomfortable about this? I mean, these people have done incredible things, but a marathon?! It's not that I don't think they can do it, but it seems unhealthy to me. But then, who am I to say? I'm no running expert... just someone who over-did it in the training and am suffering the consequences of that.
I made it to the gym today. My plans were to do strength training for my upper body and then do a run on the treadmill. The whole time I was doing my upper body work, I was looking forward to trying out my new shoes and logging in some miles.
Once on the treadmill, I warmed up by walking a lap and then upped the speed to running level. I could not do it! It was not just the pain in my right leg, which I'm used to... it was my left leg rebelling this afternoon! It didn't hurt, fortunately. It was tired!
I think my poor left leg has finally said, "Look, lady- I've been doing most of the work here, trying to pick up the slack for Ms. Righty over there. I even pushed us through 14 miles on Saturday. Well, I've had enough! I'm taking a rest whether you want one or not. I'll let you know when I'm ready. Don't call me... I'll call you."
I ended up taking both legs- and the rest of me- to the stationary bike (which is getting so boring). Then I did a little on the elliptical. Ho-hum.
My physical therapist suggested running in the pool. Have any of you tried this? If so, what did you think of it? Did it give you a good workout using the same muscles as running? Any suggestions or advice?