Running on the elliptical is not the same as running on the street

Running on the elliptical is not the same as running on the street

As some of you know, I am currently following Hal Higdon’s 10K Novice Program. But I haven’t been actually running—on the street. Instead, due to a lingering left foot injury, when Hal calls for a run I have happily hopped on the elliptical cross-trainer at the gym and ran the prescribed miles. For example, this past Thursday Hal asked for a two mile run which I dutifully completed in 15 minutes and 49 seconds.

Sixteen minute aerobic sessions just don’t seem like enough! Thus, from this point on when Hal calls for a run and I use the elliptical, I’m going to multiply whatever milage he requests by 15 minutes. So, the next time he asks for a two mile run I will use the elliptical for 30 minutes. Three miles will have me on it for 45 minutes and so on.

This seems like a better way to go—getting a minimum of 30 minute aerobic sessions being that Hal always calls for at least two miles. The key thing here is I’m still a newbie at all this and want to keep my current injury-free streak going and yet continue to increase my fitness in a timely manner. What do you think?

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