Sweet Summer Sweat Workout

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been taking a break from running since the marathon. My foot has been bothering me so I wanted to lay off it as much as possible. In talking with a few physical therapists that I work with, I concluded that my foot issue was stemming from the dang blisters I got during the last month of training. Subconsciously, I had begun to run on the outside of my right foot to prevent the blister from hurting (which was on the inside). That in turn caused my foot/ankle pain and possibly Peroneal Tendonitis. I’ve been icing and stretching my calves, Soleus, and arches of my feet like it’s my job. Amazingly, the ache/discomfort went away completely on Thursday and has not come back.

Downward Facing Dog - happyfitmama.comDownward facing dog always hits the right spot for tight calves!

It’s been 2 weeks since I last ran. I’m not going to lie, I miss it. Seeing updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about PR’s, long runs and races doesn’t help. It especially didn’t help that I finally  watched the first Spirit of the Marathon on Saturday. (It’s free on Hulu if you haven’t seen it yet). Why didn’t I watch that before VCM??? So inspiring. And yes, I did cry at the end! 😉 But I know in the end that this is the best for me. Anyway, I’m supposed to be running my own race now, right?

So since I haven’t been running, I’ve been finding other ways to get my sweat on. Nothing is quite the same as the endorphin blast from running but I’ve enjoyed mixing it up. I’ve been taking my bike out more and exploring new places. I even got to ride a bit with my little girl yesterday. I found Ron and the kids on my way home from my ride and coasted alongside A on her balance bike.

Bike riding - happyfitmama.comShe thought it was so fun. And I did too!

I’ve also been busy making up new “No Equipment Needed” home workouts. Since I’m taking it easy on my foot, I haven’t been doing any Plyometrics or other high impact moves. This workout left me S-W-E-A-T-Y and I loved it!

Sweet Summer Sweat Workout - happyfitmama.comWhile I do miss running, I think I may take another week off just to be on the safe side with my foot. Three weeks is nothing in the bigger scope of the picture. I want to be a runner for life, not just right now.

What’s the longest break you’ve ever taken from running or your preferred method of exercise?

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27 comments on “Sweet Summer Sweat Workout

  1. I think you are wise to take another week off – after all, what’s one week in the scheme of things?
    I’m on my longest break right now – I did a short test run/walk yesterday, slightly shorter than planned but my knee started to feel strange so I decided to stop while I was ahead. I’m not taking any risks – like you, I want to run for a lifetime!
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  2. I took a whole year off of running. After running Boston I got a little burnt out and decided that I was going to take a month off…well then I got pregnant and that month turned into a year! I did spinning like a champ but no running. Needless to say I was so happy to get back and I haven’t stopped since! You’re very smart to give your body all the time it needs to heal!
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  3. Love that your daughter is using a balance bike…I have European friends and they turned me onto those. Wish I had known about them for my kids back when.

    I’m so impressed that you have taken this break. It will keep you fresh and healthy, for sure. Other than real, forced lay off for big injury, I only take the occasional day off from running for a niggle if one arises. Otherwise, I do miss it!
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  4. I’ve taken a year off before and it was because I was afraid and in all honesty I’ve never gotten fully back into it (I do love to lift heavy weights and have a basement full of them to prove it). I had a strangulated hiatal hernia that caused me to have to ahve a super quick surgery. I’d read repeatedly that lifting heavy can cause this and despite the fact that my surgeon assured me this wasn’t true all my research has shown that it was.

    I hope your foot and ankle heal well and that you can get back to running soon. In the meantime, your workout looks great.
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  5. My longest break was 6+ months after I got a DVT on a flight to Australia. I think my next longest was last summer, when I took a month off to get to the root of my nagging glute/piriformis/ITB issues. Adore the picture of you and your daughter on the bikes.
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  6. Just pinned! I love pulling from pinterest to mix up my strength routine each week.

    Bummer about your foot. :( It makes sense that the blister could have affected your gait. But at least it’s forcing you to really follow through with the post-marathon down time, which most people don’t do so well. And biking is always fun!
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  7. That sweaty workout looks like one I need to try!
    I’m taking a little running break right now, too (this one is more of a mental running break because I was starting to not enjoy running). I can tell after a couple of weeks that I’m ready to run again!!
    My longest break ever – 6 months because of a hip issue – torture for me and my family!!!
    Glad you are giving your body a much needed break after your intense marathon training!!
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  8. I’m glad that you’re taking a bit of a break and hopefully you’ll be back at running soon! Better to take care of the nagging pains now, right? Love the picture of you and A on her bike. Super cute! I’m kind of laying off running right now. After my mediocre run on Memorial Day, I decided to take it easy. Then I got sick. Boo! At least now I’m itching to run :-)
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  9. After my marathon, I couldn’t do anything more than yoga (not even swimming) for about 2 months while my IT band healed, then it was an other 2 months before I went on my first test run, and it is definitely hard taking the time off. I find now though, that as long as I’m able to push myself, running less doesn’t have the same sting as it did in the beginning. I find that even though running is my favorite, if I get creative and work hard, I can find that from cycling, or even sometimes from strength training!
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  10. Good for you for listening to your body! I’m actually on a break from running right now. I get in a few short runs here and there but have learned my body does better with HIIT training, cycling, intervals, boot camp and weights than it does with just long distance running. I still miss it from time to time though!
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  11. I’m glad you’re taking an extra week off! Even though your foot is feeling better, always better to be cautious. I learned the hard way about getting back into things too quickly after my first half marathon and bam, stress fracture. It’s hard to be patient but much more worth it in the end! Now to find this movie on Hulu… :)
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  12. First when you come back I hope we can run together! The longest break I took was about 20 weeks!!! Oh my! I also had to take another 10 week break and 16 week break all for different reasons. Was it hard? Sometimes more than others. Sometimes I found my body really enjoyed the rest. I actually think being an athlete requires rest and not just a day, you need real time off. I am not going to say enjoy it because that can be hard. I will say that biking picture is tooo cute
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  13. I think taking a break is such a smart decision. Last summer, I did not take a break when I should have when I was having some ankle pain. I ended up having to take months off for posterior tibial tendonitis. I hope you’re all healed and back to running very soon!
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  14. Until I invest in a treadmill, I stay stagnate from Nov-April. Cold NJ weather keeps me indoors, but I think we can all agree the holiday season is enough to keep a mom preoccupied 😉 I start to get down on myself by March and am burst at the seems come May. I feel for you, it cannot be easy to stay off the pavement.
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  15. Nice looking trail!

    I’m currently injured and have taken 6 weeks off from running, biking, long walks–basically all lower body cardio. I’ve been focusing on strength training. This has been a very long winter with my injury. :(
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  16. I love running so much but sadly had to give it up several years ago after a trampoline injury when I dislocated my neck… It is so important to listen to our bodies! It has been hard finding something that brings me all the joys and benefits of running… the fitness, the stress relief, the release of my creative juice, the peace of mind… but we only have one body and it’s got to last! I plan on dancing the night away at my 6 year old’s wedding :-) I pray you are back on the your feet and enjoying your runs very soon!
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