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.
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.
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!
While 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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