Back in the habit (almost)

Yesterday I ran on an AlterG for the third time. I didn’t feel any significant pain. An AlterG is a magical treadmill that allows you to run without the impact of your full body weight.

blurry b/c i'm going so fast (or bc i'm a bouncy runner)
blurry b/c i’m going so fast (or bc i’m a bouncy runner)

You step into leggings that zip into the treadmill and it calculates your weight.  Here comes the Narnia part. You then decide what percent of your body weight you’d like to run with and it compensates/makes you feel lighter by blowing air up through the sealed container you’re in.

For an injured runner this is amazing. (Though update soon: I think I am pretty much not injured anymore!!) The first two times I used the AlterG I was on such a high. I could not believe I was running again. I was still pretty pumped yesterday but after 8 months of idolizing the act of running, I started to see it more clearly.

Things I forgot about running during my 8-month-long running FOMO 
1. The first 5 minutes/1 mile are tough
2. I need Kanye not the Indigo Girls to pump me up during a run
3. Even an anti-gravity treadmill is still a treadmill
4. Being in running shape helps with running

A couple more runs on the AlterG and I’ll be allowed to do a short run outside. I can’t wait.

Have you ever come back to running from an injury? How’d it go?



  1. May 21, 2015 / 6:50 am

    I’m with you on the Kanye vs. Indigo Girls effect. Rage Against The Machine will do it too. 😉 Alter G on!!! And continued good luck with your running!

    • Nicole
      May 21, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Thank you so much!!

  2. August 11, 2018 / 3:05 am

    This is great, I’m also with you nicole..Go go go..

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