|I don't have a pic of Cortney and I out on the trails, but this is a photo of the trail system that I took in my high school photography class!|
I moved away to college and lost touch with rollerblading. The town where my college was just didn't have a trail network like DesMoines. I finished college and moved to Washington, DC where I met another rollerblading friend. My friend Meridith was a co-worker who started a week before me and had a very similar background. She suffered from early onset arthritis in her feet and used rollerblading for her main source of cardio. Every so often Meridith would run with me but she preferred her cardio with wheels! About the time I was training and fundraising for my first half marathon, Meridith was training with Team in Training for a Rollerblading marathon event. We held some fundraising events together and both had successful first forays into long distance events.
|Meridith, me, and Sarah at one of our fundraising events!|
Another rollerblading friend that I have is Anjeanette. She is another Iowa girl who I met in Arkansas through Rush Running. She loves rollerblading and still skates as a way to maintain fitness and avoid injury through cross training. AJ is a runner and friend that I do a lot of training with whether it is running, biking, or swimming. She hasn't yet managed to get me out on Rollerblades again because I'm a little scared that I won't remember how to skate!
|Here's AJ's game face! This is from a roller derby event we went to and she was practicing her mean face!|
Amanda began a recovery process that incorporated rollerblading and within a year she returned to sport and won the first triathlon that she ever entered. She credits inline skating with being a big part of her recovery.
Below are some facts on rollerblading / inline skating and why you should consider it for cross training/injury prevention or recovery.
Inline skating burns almost exactly the same amount of calories as running but with much greater muscular benefits. For instance, a 125-pound athlete skating at a moderate pace for an hour burns roughly 700 calories; running for an hour at a moderate pace, the same athlete would burn 730 calories. Skating also happens to be 50% easier on your knees, hips and other joints than running (a real number from a University of Massachusetts medical study). Physical therapists love inline skating because it gets people outside and is a full body-body strengthening workout. In addition to legs, inline skating works your core, back and shoulder muscles.
Rollerblade has released an App to help you with tracking your skating workouts. This App allows you to track your inline skating sessions including such things as pavement quality and difficulty of the session as well as things like speed. And you know, we runners love to track things like speed! I invite you to check it out and look at Rollerblading as an alternative for injury recovery/prevention. Visit Rollerblade's Facebook page to learn more and chat with other inline skaters for recovery tips and workout ideas.
Some information for this post was provided by Rollerblade USA.