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?

23 thoughts on “Two Weeks With No Running”

  1. Congrats on the new job and a big old boo on the gluten allergy. That really stinks, and I’m sorry about that.

    As far as the self imposed break, I think it’s fantastic you took some time off running, although lifting weights taxes the muscles just the same so I don’t think your body got the rest you were planning. I’m sure it helped your feet though not to be pounding the pavement every day. Listening to your body is one of the best things you can do.

    1. Thanks for checking in Meg. When I say “lifting weights” I think it might not really be considered that hahaha =P But I definitely think I gave my body the rest it needed. Onward from here!

  2. This is something I really need to work on; changing my diet when I’m not running or working out as much is something that I did feel obligated to do SO MUCH for a long time; the urge is not as strong now, but I’m still working on and fighting it by God’s grace. And I love watching Chelsea Lifts too. 🙂 I need to get back to watching her. I’m so glad that you are so productive Ellie; I could learn something from you about not twiddling my thumbs or having self-pity.

    1. Thanks Emily. Chelsea is so great because she’s real. I think she’s very genuine and that’s why she’s successful. She also works so hard! I love seeing hard work pay off.

  3. I think time off is so important for the reasons you mentioned – we have to figure out who we are even without running – giving ourselves time to REST, read a book, and figure out some of our other passions is so important. When I took 3 weeks off from running in early summer, I also realized I really like HIIT workouts and strength training.

    1. I’m so glad you said that! I think I get something spiritual from running, but also find I forget about the other fun things my body can do. It was fun to try new things this week.

  4. It sounds like you have the right attitude to all of this!

    I always feel like running with friends is more of emotional/social exercise than exercise as I get SO much more out of it! When I’m injured though, I tend to just rest rest and rest and use the time I’d spend working out to do other things to keep myself occupied! It’s weird how you feel like you have all this extra time when you change one little bit of your routine!

    1. Yes! When I started eating breakfast at home instead of work, it’s become part of my routine, so when I eat breakfast at work, I have so much more time at home =P

  5. Reading a book sounds like an excellent thing to do while you let your body recover. You are so brave taking that time off. And it’s wonderful that you’re still eating plenty, too–your body needs that energy to recover and heal.
    When I was recovering from anorexia I had to minimize exercise–one thing I did a lot was go swing dancing. That definitely helped with the feeling restless, got me out of the house, and perked up my mood. Plus I got to see friends.

  6. Congrats on the new job, Ellie! And way to listen to your body!

    Sorry about the whole gluten intolerance thing. That’s never a fun issue to deal with, but I’m sure you will make the best of it with creative recipes!

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