I am determined to stay running fit without running. My Osteopath says I can run the Vermont 100 if my back is stable by then, I just won't be able to get any specific run training in before the race. He has kindly recruited his son who is an athletic trainer at Georgia State to help make this possible. The plan is to train, train, train to keep my cardio and strength at as high a level as it would normally be at if I were running. I think of this as a challenge, and I love a challenge! Two years ago, I ran Westren States on cross training only and it went very well. So I know it is possible. Don't worry, I won't attempt to run Vermont unless I am 100% cleared by my physician and I feel like I am able to run smoothly and easily. But it does give me something to work toward and a reason to avoid becoming a 200 pound couch potato.
I started out today with Cardio X, which is a P90X workout DVD which involves Yoga, Kempo Karate, Plyometrics, Core, and good old fashioned Calisthenics. I repeated the harder sequences to keep my heart rate above 150 for a total of 50 minutes. You can kind of dog it on these types of workouts, but wearing the heart monitor keeps me honest. I have to modify a few of the jumping moves to avoid hard impact, but most are not a problem. After the Cardio X, I rode my bike on a very hilly course through Freedom and Effingham, New Hampshire and Parsonsfield, Maine. Average heart rate for the ride was 139 for 33 miles in just under 2 hours. This evening will be abdominal and arms strength work. This is a tough and time consuming routine, but if I keep my head in the right place I think I can get through these 4 weeks without loosing my fitness or my sanity.