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Tentatively back on the Treadmill

treadmill-injuries I’ve been noticing a dramatic improvement in the achilles over the last few days, now that I’m wearing appropriate footwear and tackling my severe overpronation head-on. The best way of explaining this is that I am just not really noticing my achilles during the day and there is much reduced morning soreness.

As a result, it was time to do a controlled treadmill run to see where I was. For reference, the last time I did one of these a few weeks ago, I managed about 30 seconds before I needed to stop because I could tell it wasn’t doing me any good at all.

I did 17 minutes, broken down as follows:

  1. 3 minutes – Warm-up to 8.5 km/h.
  2. 7 minutes – Run at 13.5 km/h.
  3. 4 minutes – Run at 8.5 km/h.
  4. 30 seconds – Run at 12.5 km/h.
  5. 30 seconds – Run at 15.5 km/h.
  6. 2 minutes – Cool-down.

I was amazed at how strong the achilles felt. There was a slight twinge when starting which faded very quickly, and the same when there was an increase in speed. Again, it went away pretty quickly. This was one of those situations where I could have just kept running but I wanted to avoid ‘Too Much Too Soon’, so kept it short and sweet.

Remember, I lasted just 30 seconds last time. The improvement in just a matter of days is wonderful and has given me a LOT of confidence. I actually enjoyed running! The footwear change and Superfeet are doing the business so far, and this is after months of struggling to deal with rehabilitating the injury.

Of course, an important indicator is how I felt after the treadmill session. There was no additional soreness, and when feeling around the achilles and foot it again struck me how much it has improved this week. If anything, it felt a lot more opened up. The ‘Morning After’ test was also a positive: The achilles felt better than the previous morning, and I hadn’t done any exercise then!

I did a quick bent-knee calf-stretch this morning. This has always been the stretch which really aggravated the injury before. Now I can reach my full range of motion with only a tiny feeling of discomfort, as opposed to the ‘Argh, I should NOT be doing this!’ sensation of before.

I need to stay disciplined with this, but this week has been a major step forward. I’m happy!

Getting Intensive on the Treadmill

I love High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Well, I love it when I’m not in the process of actually doing it! It is a fantastic way of improving sports performance in short periods of time.

I tried out a new protocol today, cribbed from ‘Referee Specific Training’, a presentation by Bryn Markham-Jones. You can find it on pages 17 and 18.

Here is my own summary, and I have put the timings differently to make it easier to follow when actually doing it.

WARNING: HIIT is, by definition, INTENSIVE! Be absolutely sure you are fit to do this. Check with your GP if required. It is also expected that you are fully warmed up before commencing this, as it STARTS with running fast.

Set treadmill inclination to suit your fitness.

00:00 – 18.5 km/h
00:30 – Jogging
01:30 – 16.5 – 17.5 km/h
02:30 – Jogging
03:30 – 16 – 17 km/h
05:00 – Jogging
06:00 – 15 – 16 km/h
08:00 – Jogging
09:00 – 16 – 17 km/h
10:30 – Jogging
11:30 – 16.5 – 17.5 km/h
12:30 – Jogging
13:30 – 18.5 km/h
14:00 – Jogging
15:00 – STOP.

REST 5 minutes. This is ONE SET. Repeat, to make a total exercise duration of 35 minutes.

Fun, huh? I made it through, although I went for a 0% incline and the ‘Jogging’ elements ended up mostly being ‘Walking recovery’ in all honesty. Need to step that up!

My own personal guideline for HIIT: “Do I feel like I might collapse if I do any more? Do I have a sense of euphoria for finishing?” Job done then!

Do you have any favourite interval training routines?

Tabata Attempt #1

So, in reference to my original post on the subject of Tabata training…:

It was the gym tonight, and I tried out the routine mentioned in the above post (20/10 interval training on a treadmill, with the incline set high to keep the speed down, so jumping on and off can be done without severe injury).

In total, 12 minutes including the warm-up. Certainly a killer! I could probably have bumped up the speed a little bit, but I didn’t want to risk taking a tumble when still getting used to the system. And it did feel a little strange to be jumping to straddle the treadmill every 20 seconds.

But it felt right. To be specific, it felt like I was being pushed as in Judo Randori or Shiai. Very equivalent: Bursts of doing something, then a rest period.

After that, some cable-pulley work and some very experimental squats with a barbell. I need to go back to this when I return to work and my usual gym, so a good way of warning my body 😉

Tabata fever: Treadmill

Ah, so Tabata training CAN be performed on a treadmill.

This is a run Tabata on treadmills done at 12% grades, and an appropriate speed for the individual. They will start with a warm-up and then get into 20:10 x 8! Foot pull speed is very important as the slower the pull you will begin to push and end up fatiguing much sooner.

Video, courtesy of CrossFit and Newport Beach.

20:10 is the typical Tabata interval (20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest).

Speeds used: 7 – 7.5mph.

Not that I will actually have much access to a treadmill over the Christmas period. Hmm, will have to translate it to a track somewhere…