Two Weeks With No Running

After my marathon, I had intended to take two weeks off of running and strenuous activity. The first week I was very successful and had no problem sleeping, resting, seeing friends and doing some yoga.

Week 2 was a different story.

I ran almost everyday that week, not because I thought I was gaining fitness or I “had to in order to eat,” but because I felt no pressure not to and every single day, a friend invited me to run.

Every. Single. Day.

As you might remember, when I am training hard, I don’t run with people as often. I follow my schedule and it works for me. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything by doing so.

However, when I didn’t have a schedule and could do whatever I wanted, accepting those offers to run with people I never see was too tempting to pass up.

So I didn’t. I ran with them and I enjoyed every run.

Getting back into training, I had ups and downs, but I felt like I was getting fitter. I was doing workouts outside, taking care of my feet (or so I thought) and being careful enough with nutrition.

Well, when the summer winds down, my job picks back up. I was overtired from that, dehydrated all the time and not entirely sure what my shoe issues were.

By the time I fixed those shoe issues, I think the damage had been done. Bonking was the icing on the cake.

So, I swallowed my pride and stopped running.

Until it stopped hurting, I was off my feet in that way. To be honest, I probably would have healed faster if it weren’t for CTB but that is a rant for another day.

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I rehydrated fully, slowed down and started back to work on the base.

I started to strength train.

I have mentioned before that my favorite YouTubers are Chelsea Lifts, Obese 2 Beast and Brian Turner. (Check them out, they are a hoot!) Brian and Chelsea are vegan and prove once again how effective this diet can be.

After a few days of just recouping, I went back to the drawing board. Why not use this time off to build up my body and make it more resilient? Now, I was not going for #GAINZ at all, but a deeper level of toughness.

Strength training is important for runners who aren’t injured and even more so for those that are.

Read about Kate Grace’s injury protocol from last year. It obviously works for Olympians.

I also was getting restless. As a future health coach, my specialty besides plant-based diets will be fitness. I think moving the body, in any way you can just makes you happier. When I don’t do that for a while, I get moodier.

I must point out here: my diet does not change whether I’m running 80 miles a week or zero. I try as hard as I can to fight those voices that tell me “I can’t eat because…”

This is so important to me and something I’ve taught myself. Being my own client, I have forced myself to believe that I am more than the miles, the blog posts, the food or the money. It’s a daily practice, but it’s worth it.

So yes, I took a couple weeks off. I figure this is making up for what I didn’t take off after the marathon. God has a way of getting you to do what He thinks is right.

This was right. I reintroduced myself to heavier weights. I reminded myself who I am without running. I still ate damn good food (even though I found out I am gluten intolerant haha lolzzzzzz) and still love myself.

This was the perfect few weeks to take off because it was busy at CTB, I started a new job at Blissful Eats and applied for one more. I worked on my creative projects, I read a damn book (!!!) and life is still pretty good.

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Today, I am linking up with Meg for Week In Review.

How does your fitness regime change when you’re injured? How about when you’re busy?

The next time you’re unable to do your favorite thing, rather than get down on yourself, what can you do instead?

Mental toughness, Passion and Off Running

As of today, I have been off running for 9 days. I have not run since I bonked last weekend and although I feel recovered in regard to my immune system, I developed pain on the side of my foot that has prevented me from resuming my training.

If you had told me this was going to happen a few weeks ago, I would have freaked out a bit. I have racing plans for gosh sake! I have been doing workouts on the track, long runs and getting ready for fall racing.

After the bonk, I new I needed to take a small step back. I stopped the heart pounding runs and let myself recover. I felt a soreness in my foot that day, which turned into a legit pain the next day. It was kind of uncomfortable to walk, but I have an on your feet job so resting was hard. I iced twice and took pain reliever but you know, nothing works as well as just getting off my damn foot.

I figured it would take a few days for my foot to feel back to normal, but here I am a week and a half later still refraining from pounding the pavement. It does not hurt anymore, but I feel a niggle when I try to jog.

I’m not pushing it.

When I run for long periods of time, not running or thinking about not running triggers sadness and some anxiety. This anxiety is related to the “what should I do with my time?” Rather than losing identity as a runner or losing fitness. My fitness is fluid. I am losing specific running fitness, but I’m not unfit in a traditional sense.

The first few days of not running were ok mostly because I was still recovering from bonking. After that, when I felt fine again but my foot was sore, my mental prowess started to wane. I mean, I just love getting out there and moving my body. I’m used to running and it’s not new or that challenging.

I felt like I lost my passion.


It was then I needed some mental toughness. This same mental toughness that I use to get through long runs or workouts was necessary to help process this season of not logging miles.

How did I process this?

I let myself feel crappy about it.

I changed my racing plans in case I can’t run.

I focused on saving energy for the busy shifts at work.

I looked for other things to do instead.

What am I doing instead?

I am trying to create higher quality content for my blog and brand.

I am taking tutorials on how to work social media platforms and watching seminars from the smartest women in my blogosphere to learn how to make my content better.

I started lifting weights.

I joined other communities that aren’t running focused.

I’m taking more time to cook for myself.

I opened up other things in my life that fill me up in the same way running did.

I am not done running, never will I stop doing that, but I’ve taken this time off in stride rather than let it fuel my misery.

When I decided to take a running break, I went back to my gym to start my membership back up. When I started talking to the woman at the desk, she mentioned that they were looking for people to work the desk. Call it divine intervention, but it had been on my mind recently about getting a different job apart from CTB. Not only is it exhausting, but I think it’s a reason my foot is taking longer to heal. It’s hard to rest an injury when you use it all the time.

So, I applied. Who knows if I’ll get it, but I have my (injured) foot in the door. Who knows what connections this could make?

Life goes on even when running doesn’t. I have defined my identity before as a runner, and I still believe that. However, when running gets disrupted, it creates opportunity to explore other creative outlets in my life.

Running will always be there, right now, I’m focusing on other things. My passion isn’t lost, it’s channeled in a different direction.

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What is your passion?

What do you channel your energy into when you can’t do it?

Who likes lifting weights?!