New to this SparkTeam! I've been wondering what fellow runners think of the elliptical trainer. I know that its movements are meant to simulate running in a low-impact manner, but I just don't think the workout quite compares. For one, when it tells me my distance, I'm a little skeptical (I do NOT run 5-minute miles!). I do feel all sweaty and worked by the end of 30 minutes, but much less than I do when running 2 miles in 18-20 minutes on the fitness track or treadmill. It seems that this is a great cross-training tool for runners to keep their posture and motions up to par, but only in addition to actually running. Maybe even a running replacement on "easy days," or if you're injured but want to keep in shape.
My second thing, and this is something that I actually need help with. I get side-cramps all the time when I run, and sometimes when I just take a power walk. I've tried everything, it seems: making sure I breath, not drinking water right before working out, drinking water but only if it's room temperature, stretching, lengthening my warm-ups, walking/running it off... I'm out of ideas! It gets in the way of my running when it does happen. Any suggestions?
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