I really haven’t felt up to blogging since last Tuesday and my last good run.
I know that stuff happens, but running for me is a happy making activity, and when I’m not running… I’m not happy. (That simple.)
And I’m not running. 😦
I also have no idea at this moment when I’ll be able to run again and it’s driving me up the wall!
My knees felt off after the HM two weeks ago. I kept on running, but dialled down the distance.
Last Tuesday I pushed a bit and ran my 10k PB.
Instead of off, my knees started to feel sore.
I made an conscious decision to skip my Thursday run and “just” do the gym instead. (Where I did the elliptical and some treadmill speedwalking in addition to strength training. Oops. I’m not good at no cardio.)
I even have gym gloves now! 😀
And they match my favourite summer nails. 😉
I “rested” on Friday by racking up just over three hours of walking over the day.
By Saturday morning I had not run for three days I felt so insanely restless. (By my reckoning I’d had three rest days. Never mind all the walking and the gym.)
So I laced up the shoes. I didn’t even switch on Endomondo so I wouldn’t get tempted to push myself. I managed something around four and a half kilometres, before my right knee sent out a distress call bad enough for me to just sit on the ground for twenty minutes before walking home.
That really freaked me out! It’s also the last time I’ve attempted to run.
So. As of now… three days without running again. Only this time I’ve been really serious about resting. No gym. No several hour walks.
(Well, I did walk for an hour today…and felt the ache in my right knee especially all the time. 😦 It’s aching even when I just lie on my bed like now.)
And I’m nervous.
And stir crazy.
Eight weeks until marathon time. (And it’s starting to look like… Maybe not the best idea right now. I don’t even want to vocalise it because it feels like giving up, but I’m starting to think about changing my registration to the HM distance. I feel really bad about this. I’m pretty certain that I’m capable of running a full even already – minus the knees – but the question is should I?)
That decision can wait until I’m running again and see what condition I’m in.
Did I mention that I don’t know when that’ll be? And that’s the most crazy-making thing!
What do you do when you can’t run, but still want to Move?
Seriously. How do you stay sane when out of the running game?
I need ideas!
Currently, I’ve been falling back on old bad pre-running habits – how quickly they return! – of too much food, drink and late nights. Especially food. Experimenting with muffin and cookie recipes…
So not good for me. Not only am I not training, I’m filling the training time with feeding time.
So, what can I do to keep active, but still let my knees heal?
Thankfully, it’s not all colourful shots, 4am nights and cookies… I’ve also developed a sweet potato fries addiction (which is still better than a French fries one!)