I am sponsored through Fitfluential by Under Armour for this post. I have been participating in the What's Beautiful contest and having a lot of fun completing some of the challenges. What is not fun and beautiful is that I set my goal as a 10k PR for a 10k that I have now decided is not going to happen for me. I will get there someday, just not as soon as I had hoped, so I had to edit my goal a little.
What's Beautiful is a competition to redefine the female athlete, a little bit I feel like I am trying to redefine me right now as a person who is injured. I can't be a runner right now. Don't worry this is only temporary. (That is what I have to keep reminding myself)
This is going to have to be my motto right now.
I hopped on the elliptical Sunday. Everything felt good. I did some workout moves..including a couple that worked my quads. It felt so good. I forgot I had taken an Advil earlier that day for a stiff neck..I think that was helping cover up an discomfort, because Monday the uncomfortable burning was back in my right quad and when I tried to jog, it did not feel like it should have. I called it a day after less that a quarter of a mile.
Such a bummer of a set back. Over all I think it is getting better, but it is happening in such microscopically slow increments I am getting discouraged. I am going on four weeks of barely any running/cardio sweat inducing exercise. NOT MY STYLE!
Luckily I can still do some other things like yoga, pilates, and stretching. Okay and things like core work, and upper body. Anything but intense quad exercises. I am trying not to sound like
It is motivating to look at how other people are doing with the challenges see all the encouragement given to people.
Tell me the longest you have ever had to take a running break and what kept you motivated. Cheer me up!
I know its no fun at all to be out of running and feel like you're healing SO slowly. You're still a runner though!ReplyDelete
I know it is no fun but you can do this!!! After having my first daughter I started running as soon as I could since I had taken the whole pregnancy off of running. Well I pushed way too hard between weights and running and ended up injuring my back BAD!!! I had to slowly get myself back into running but it was so frustrating...I was overweight and unable to lift ANYTHING...not even my baby! I did rest and now I'm injury free but it's hard to forget the frustrations!ReplyDelete
Being injured sucks so bad. I was out almost 2 months when I hurt my hip last winter. I was pretty whiny about it while I was down, but when I did get better I reallllly appreciated that I was able to run, even if it was just .25 mi at a time. :)ReplyDelete
I hope you heal up soon! Sending you good quad vibes!
You can do this! I down for about 2 months due to my ITB - I didn't pay attention early on and pushed when I shouldn't have :( I know it's hard not running but give your body the time it needs - you'll be much better for it in the end!ReplyDelete
You're doing everything right by taking time off to let it heal. I've had stress fractures and most recently (last year) a hip flexor strain where I couldn't run for 4 months and felt pain for over 7 months! Keep your head up & you'll be stronger than before.ReplyDelete
Smart to take time off:) I might have to change my half PR goal too. This virus has me sidelined and my race is next weekend:( The thought of trying to PR is stressing me out so I may have to let it go for a couple of months. Glad you are taking advantage of this time to focus on new workouts!ReplyDelete
Hang in there - you are doing the right thing to think of the long run (whoops, by long run I mean the future, not long runs, lol!), and at least you can still do some exercising.ReplyDelete
My ITB flared up on Sunday so I'm gutted and totally relate. I discovered it is amazingly hard to stop when your body first tells you to and my mind was in denial. Now it is in fix-it mode!
Hope you recover soon!
Awww man that is rough! I'm so sorry! I had to take 6 weeks off one time due to an injury and I hated it so much. I focused on trying to do something with my noodly upper arms! That was before grad school though, now I just use the extra time to catch up there. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Ack! I am terrible at not listening to that little voice... hence the reason I'm still running. Have you seen a physical therapist? I have been doing heavily aggressive physical therapy and I REALLY think it's helped tremendously.ReplyDelete
I am sorry about this! That is a bummer but you are really wise to NOT listen to that voice right now and get the rest you need. But the good thing is that you can still do other forms of exercise and get a little bit of that workout euphoria! Hope you recover soon!ReplyDelete
I challenge you to a duel: who can get back to running first? I know I'll be back on July 3, so your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to be kind to your body and get back to running before then. Winner gets bragging rights, endorphin highs, and the ability to sweat. Loser will probably go stir-crazy.ReplyDelete
(I have to approach recovery with some form of humor!)
You have such a great attitude!!! You are doing the smart thing - listening to your body is so hard when your heart and mind tell you to do something else. I was sidelined for 2 mos with a stress fracture once and a month with ITBS. It is the price we pay for all the beautiful runs and runner's highs that we experience, I guess. Being a runner is such a big part of who I am - I think i actually feel grief when I am not able to run!!! But then I heal and all is better :)ReplyDelete
I am so sorry and feel your pain right now! I just keep telling myself in the big scheme of things this is just a brief set back. But I have found that when I'm not in full on training I am lazier and find it easier to skip workouts that I can do....I gotta keep moving! You too :)ReplyDelete
I so feel your pain right now Christy. You know what kind of a struggle I faced this last year. Not being able to run is a hard thing. Especially when you love it as much as you do. You will be so much stronger down the road because of this. Hang in there. You are doing everything right.ReplyDelete
Last Spring, I took a full 8 weeks off running and it sucked. However, I got through it and was able to run again pain free for a long time!! You got this, girl...just keep your chin you and you WILL again! :0)ReplyDelete
You got this Christy! You'll be back! I'm at the four month point of no running this weekend. This weekend will also be the end of this streak I never wanted. Hopefully all will be well with my run. I know it will be with yours!ReplyDelete
i hate you're going through this! i've had something going on with my back since march, but fortunately running didn't make it worse. i had to hold off lifting though, which was what i really wanted to do. hang in there, take care of yourself!ReplyDelete