Friday, December 18, 2009

Visions of treadmills dance in my head

Oh running, I barely knew ye. Today's blog comes to you live from my living room couch where I sit, a bag of frozen corn on my right foot. I have just returned from the gym and my heart is broken. I am still "resting" my injury and the delay in my training is starting to make me antsy...and frankly, a little crabby.
All through my workout (low-impact cardio on the elliptical), I could see a fellow gym-goer jogging on a treadmill out of the corner of my eye. At one point, I even shook my head sadly as I watched her up her speed and start to run. (Sigh) It's only been a week and already I feel a void.
As I walked in the door, my husband greeted me with his usual, "How was your workout?" I could only stick out my bottom lip and scowl. His suggestion was that I simply stop working out for a week...not exactly what I wanted to hear. So, I knew the only answer was to turn to my laptop in hope of advice from you.
Perhaps it was fate that today's Runner's World Quote of the Day is: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston Churchill
Help me find the optimist again!


  1. Do NOT push it to come back too early. That way lies chronic injury. The marathon is 5 months, 1 week, 3 days, and 21 hours away. You have time to let yourself recover, come back strong, and still work your way up to your goal.

  2. I know this feeling! I sprained my ankle and had to refrain from physical activity for 2 weeks and it made me absolutely crazy! I found myself choosing to walk everywhere so that I felt like I was doing SOMETHING! I even lifted weights and did floor workouts... anything helps, right?

  3. Hang in there. I worked throught 3 injuries last year on my way to the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. Don't push it too fast and make this injury linger. You didn't say what your injury was, but I would try the pool. It is always my go to activity when I hurt myself.... again. I wasn't a swimmer when I started to run, but am now and it is a great cross training activity that you can keep in place of one of your runs and help to prevent that future overuse injury.

  4. I know how you are feeling too. Although, I do not have an injury, I have not been able to find even the smallest amount of time to train, too much mom stuff to worry about. All that hard work will have to be started anew.
    Keep up the positive thoughts!

  5. You know you've got it bad when you drool over a treadmill run! Take it easy and fully recover - well worth it in the long run.

    I'm planning on running Madison in May - it will be my 4th full marathon.

  6. Agree with USJogger, don't push it so hard, take some rest and relax are good for you recovery.