Bush-Button Weight Loss

For our weekly run today we were the guests of Sports & Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy in Oakland. After a gentle six miles or so – this is supposed to be a recovery day for me – we went inside for refreshment. We all breezed straight past the other fancy PT gear and lined up for a go on the Alter-G treadmill. If you’ve not seen one of these, it’s basically a treadmill inside a pressurized bag. It looks like this:

That's not me

That's not me

You wear a pair of wetsuit-like shorts which zip to the top of the bag, and the air machine removes a variable portion of your body weight. Oh boy. After a short warmup at 6mph, 80% of normal weight, Andy, who was demonstrating it, lightened me to 20% and said “OK, now hop!” So I did. It was like being on the moon. After a little run at tempo pace, 75% weight I gave it up to the next person. I’m unused to treadmills, so I didn’t try going really fast on it. Andy said he’s used it for speedwork when preparing for a 5k, so it’s not just for injured runners. An amazing machine.

Speaking of injuries, here’s a fun way to get some. I got an email from the Big Sur organization and was wistfully regretting that it clashes with Boston. Then this jumped out at me:

In 2010…the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge

2 Marathons…2 Coasts…6 Days

Only the fittest (or craziest!) ever attempt back-to-back marathons, much less 3,000 miles apart. In 2010, the Big Sur Marathon would like to honor those runners willing to accept the challenge in celebration of Big Sur’s 25th presentation.
The challenge will be open to limited number of participants on a first come, first served basis during registration which opens September 1, 2009. Those who sign-up will receive a Boston 2 Big Sur ASICS jacket, a custom participant bib and finisher’s medallion, and will celebrate their accomplishment in a special finish tent in Big Sur’s Marathon Village.

This is of course insane. Or cool. I won’t do it. Or will I?

In other news, one of our regular Saturday runners, Katy, who is a Fulbright scholar from Hungary, is going home this week. Happy trails Kati, and maybe a group of us will come and run the Budapest Marathon. Wouldn’t that be something!


3 Responses to “Bush-Button Weight Loss”

  1. 1 Flo June 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    That treadmill looks so fun! I’m totally jealous of your day. There was a thread on RW about the challenge. I don’t get it but more power to all who dare.

  2. 2 jime2 June 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Haha. Thanks Flo, I found that thread. I like how they all agree that it’s madness. My favorite from ReeveGuy: “Boston 2 Big Sur – Because our legs get all the oxygen.”

  3. 3 Loraine McVey June 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Boston 2 Big Sur …. hmm, yes, I saw that glint of madness in your eye when talking about this on Saturday. Why not throw in Budapest while you’re at it, you know — since you’re heading in that general direction anyway!

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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