Running for My Life.

I am feeling quite the cozy lazy bones today. It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I’m bundled up in my home with a pile of blankets, fuzzy socks, and a huge pot of tea, awaiting the winter storm. I’m so grateful to be home and away from any crazy traveling shenanigans.

Instead, I get to contemplate a turkey trot, (totally doing it) make pie, and figure out how to work out at home, because–winter storm. It’s already ice-raining outside, and with my wonky knee, the last thing I need to do is sprain something, or fall in front of a bevvy of angry pre-Thanksgiving shoppers.

I’ve done that before. It’s so embarrassing. Especially in NYC, where it seems that most people just walk right over you when you fall, except one TRULY AMAZING SPECIMEN OF MAN, and then there’s all the swooning and the blushing, and the desire to immediately text each one of your single girlfriends in NY: “Hey, how far are you from Front and Jay Street? Because I think I just met the future love of your life. He scraped me off the pavement.”

Last Thursday, I was invited to try a machine that I WISH was in my apartment right now. I tried the Zero Runner by Octane Fitness. (Thanks, Fitfluential!) It’s not an elliptical, per se. It’s definitely not a treadmill. It’s a…thingamajig. That’s what we’ll call it. It’s a zero gravity running machine thingamajig. (Not to be confused with a thingamabob, of which I have 20.)

In a word, it’s AWESOME. It’s better than a properly-used semicolon; you can breathe while using it.

It’s an at-home exercise machine designed for runners. I know that personally, I hate dreadmills. I use them, yes, but always feel like I could be doing better for myself. There’s something so unnatural about not being able to manually manipulate your own pace. I may have also fallen once or twice on a mill.

Enter the Zero Runner. It’s non-motorized, so the pace is set by the runner. Yet, it has all the bells and whistles of a fancy mill. It’s got iPad hookups, heart rate monitor, bluetooth, etc.

(I look just like that when I’m running. I swear.)

Because it’s designed to replicate a zero-gravity style running environment like, you know, outer space or underwater, or MY DREAMS, it’s perfect for runners who have dealt with injuries. I know that I have pulled out of a marathon because I was incapable of training properly due to injury. If I had this machine to train with and recover on, I’d have been able to hit the asphalt and get that 26.2.

When you’re injured, often your form suffers. Your gait can become frazzled, and your step–misaligned. This machine allows you to keep your gait perfectly aligned, training your body as you train on the Zero Runner. Gait is also a problem with runners as we age, (and after each pregnancy, let me tell you) and this machine keeps you in proper form to keep you running long after you’d have normally been forced to stop.

Not to mention the fact that it’s equipped with training bands for an upper body workout. Because cross-training means I can scrape myself off Plymouth Ave, thankyouverymuch.

At least now I know what I want from Santa.

No, wait…

Yes, that’s right.

Seriously though, Yes, this is a sponsored post, but I really was impressed by this machine, and I do really want one. It’s not cheap, but neither is knee surgery or months of physical therapy after you didn’t listen to your body, or over-trained. This helps solve some of those problems, and for a runner, that’s everything. This machine can keep you on the streets by helping you out at home.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.

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