Okay, I’m sure most of you don’t get the title, but it’s one of my all-time fav SNL skits. Kevin Nealon is in the elevator with Michael J. Fox and starts asking him about Back to the Future…and starts singing “Gonna go back in Time” (the theme from the movie)…but more like “Tiiieeeme”.
Sadly, I can’t find it ANYWHERE online! 🙁 Here’s a pic in case anybody’s seen it though.
Edit: Updated 2/15/17—clip found! (thanks JT!).
Anyway, I’m writing to update on my running injury status.
Last week I got to start my “return to jog” program. I got to do .25 miles walking, .25 miles running, repeat. And by running, I really mean jogging (10 minute mile).
All has been going pretty well. I’ve been doing stair stepping, swimming, biking or elliptical 5-6 days a week for 30-45 minutes and then adding 15-30 minutes of another form of cardio and a half hour of stretching/strength training. On days I get to run (for 15 minutes), that’s what I do for my additional 15 minutes of cardio.
Key element to recovery has been squats. Even MORE than stretching. Well, maybe not more, but just as important anyway. I’ve become a squatting fool. I squat at work when nobody’s looking, using my chair. I use the Bosu and squat at the gym. Who would have thought?
The reason I thought of the SNL skit was because today I was doing my return-to-jog program and I realized I feel similar to when I first started running. I’m pretty much having to re-learn how to run — which is probably a good thing since I’ve developed several bad habits over the last 8 years (not stretching to name a big one). I felt the time warp hit me when I was like, “Man, I’m never going to be able to run 3 miles.” Several years ago that was my mantra. I remember the rush when I ran 3 consecutive miles without stopping. I *never* would have guessed I’d run a marathon (although extremely poorly, but I still did it), a half marathon or even a 10K.
I’m up to a mile, but not consecutively. I think I get to do that next week. I did a half mile with .25 miles walking in between. I’m back up to an 8.5 minute mile pace when I’m running. It’s crazy because I feel so BEAT after running for just 10-15 minutes. I forgot how different I feel after running versus any other workout. I can’t WAIT to get back into it. In about 10 weeks I suppose, maybe, i’ll be back to halfway normal.
Anyway, I’ve decided to be a complete tool and become my own cheerleader. I’ve got 4 brand spankin’ new pairs of running shoes in my closet right now. I’m going to trick a pair out and make them my “comeback” shoes. I need to grab a new pair anyway b/c the cushioning should help with recovery (my old pair is past it’s expiration date). I’ve got some paint, glitter, beads, etc. that I’ll probably get to sloshing on the shoes. Sure, it’ll come off, but it will be a lot of fun to look down and see how awesome my feet look in killer fancy running shoes. 🙂 It will remind me how much I want to be out and running (in case I EVER forget).