Things I miss about running

In the past 14 days I have run one day and it was the best feeling in a while. I ran in an 8k race so it wasn’t a kind of run where I got to admire the views and take in the smells around me because I was on a mission just to finish. My legs were running and my heart rate was pounding so to me it was perfect.

Since I haven’t been running I keep myself active by swimming, riding my bike on weekends and today I went on the stationary bike at the gym. I also tried the elliptical but it hurt my foot too much so had to stop.  I am happy to be able to do these things and not just stay at home because that would be much worse. But since I haven’t been running I have noticed changes in myself both physically and mentally. Things like I don’t sleep as well and my mind never gets the escape like when I run.

After the race on Sunday I felt Ok and had a bit of a limp as we walked to the car. But by the time I woke up Monday morning I was really sore. Walking on my right foot was painful but in a different way than it had ever been before. The whole right side of my body felt like it was twisted and I couldn’t place my foot flat on the floor. It was like my arch wouldn’t extend and I had to walk on the outside of my foot. My back had been sore earlier in the week and was in worse shape. It felt like it would ‘catch’ when I walked. Sitting was just as bad and the way I was feeling I had never felt before.

So, yesterday at work my friend Kate recommended I go see her massage therapist so I did. When I first went in he did an assessment and said that my right side was sitting lower than my left. He worked wonders and hour later when I left he said I was back in line. Today I feel better and walking is easier so this I am happy for.

Some people lately don’t understand why I am having trouble to take some time off from running. I try to explain it to them but they look at me funny. Running to me is like air. Now that I have made running part of my life I feel I need it. I can go a day or two without running because I have a reserve but going longer than that I find hard. My back up tanks are on empty but I have decided that I am going to stay off running until I get things sorted.

When I think about running though these are some of the things I miss:

  • the feel the pound of the pavement under my feet
  • the spring in my step as I leap over roots and rocks on trails
  • walking out my front door and feeling the morning air on my skin
  • running on a mild winter morning in a tee-shirt (Yes, that does happen in the winter here.)
  • exploring new areas and revisiting routes already traveled
  • smelling the scent of detergent from a dryer, bread being baked at the bakery or even someone enjoying marijuana
  • running with Warren on the weekend
  • running with girlfriends
  • running with my run club peeps
  • feeling energized and tired at the same time after a good run
  • clearing my head
  • run dancing

I will bottle these things up and take them off the shelf on days when I think I don’t feel like running. But for now these things will help me get through until I can run again.

What are things that you love about running?

GutBuster race June 2013
GutBuster race June 2013

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Things I miss about running

  1. When my foot was injured, I was told to stay off the elliptical. Ice not gone back because I noticed it did seem to cause me problems as my injury first appeared.

    I totally get how hard it is not to run. I sometimes whisper to myself “I am a runner”… it’s part of my identity and I don’t feel myself without it.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. The bike seemed to be ok so I will stick with that.

      Today is a better day than yesterday and I don’t hurt as bad. This I am happy for.

      I like what you whisper to yourself. That made me smile.

      Have a great day!

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  2. hahaha! you must run around where I do because the route that hubs and I do, we quite often catch the whiff of marijuana. I totally get what you mean by trying to explain to non-runners why it bugs you so much when you can’t run…when I try to explain to people why I feel compelled to exercise, I say it’s like brushing my teeth…it’s non-negotiable!

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    1. Yes Cindy, I do run near you sometimes but I can sometimes smell it as a car passes by me. That is never so good and I worry for others safety then.

      That is a good way to describe not being able to run. I may use that one day. 🙂 Thanks for that.

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  3. You’re having such a tough time, and while I’m sure you’re happy you did your race, it’s a pity you are still in a lot of pain, glad the massage helped!

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    1. Some days are worse than others but I just needed to write yesterday my thoughts and how I was feeling. And what running means to me since some people don’t understand when I tell them.

      I feel better today than yesterday and walking is much easier. This I am happy for.

      Thanks Jayne.

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    1. Thanks Jess. I know I will. I guess I just wanted to write how I was feeling yesterday. I know it isn’t the end of the world I just have been struggling explaining to people why running is so important and this was my way.

      What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I will only get better with this.

      I will let you know about tomorrow.

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  4. If it’s even possible, you will enjoy running even more when you go back. You talk about run dancing!? You need to run with Victoria!

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    1. Yes. I was thinking that last night as I was writing my post. I have a new appreciation for running now.

      Thank you. 🙂 I know you speak from experience.

      I am sure Victoria and I would have some good laughs run dancing. haha

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  5. I understand ya Dolly & feel bad for you and want you’re foot to heal fast!!!!…..However, You are a positive little monkey…so now I want to see a list of the things you can do and enjoy while you can’t run. 🙂 xoxo

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  6. Oh man I know how much you love running, so I can understand that it must be really hard to not be able to do it!

    Keep your eye on the prize – not running now means you’ll get to run later. Running now might be the last runs you ever get to do if you compound your injury. I know you’ll find the bright side in all of this, because you’re a sunny buttercup and that is what you do!

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