Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What Happens When I Can't Run

It's been 6 weeks since I've been able to run (except for the one run I did a couple of weekends ago as a test to see if I was ready to get back into it). I'm hoping not much longer but we will just have to give it a little more time and see.

If you've ever been injured or taken a long break from your favorite workout you will understand the things that happen to me when I can't go running regularly. 

-  I'm tired. I am always so tired. Running gives me extra energy and that helps me feel like I have the energy to accomplish everything that I need to do in a day. But running also helps me sleep better at night. Since I've been injured I've been sleeping really badly. I wake up several times a night and I'm not getting as much REM sleep, in the morning I'm not nearly as rested.

- I don't pay attention to what kinds of foods that I'm eating as well. Running helps me to automatically go for the foods that are more nutritious and filling for me. When I'm not running I tend to grab easy, quick meals that won't keep me full as long and then I want to snack all day long. Running makes me crave healthier food.  I eat more protein, fruit, and vegetables when I'm running but lately, my meals are pb&j and then I snack on sweets the rest of the day because the sandwich didn't fill me up or keep me full long enough. 

We got donuts today after the dentist

- I don't hydrate well.  I don't hydrate well in the first place. I'm getting better at it. But when I don't workout I never do well with hydrating. I always forget or don't feel like I need water as often.

- I lose motivation to do just about anything. Because, like I said before, I don't have as much energy, I never want to do my chores and by the time the kids are in bed at night, I either want to go to bed myself or watch TV for a while instead of doing the things I need to do.

- I get really, really jealous of people I see working out or hearing about Trevon's workouts all the time.  I can see everyone else making progress in their fitness goals, but I'm stuck, or even regressing in mine. I'll get over it as soon as I can run regularly again. But for now, don't feel bad if I don't like your workout posts or smile while I listen to you talk about what you did for a workout today. It's just a thing right now haha.

- My body aches.  I think this is pretty normal when someone goes from high-intensity workouts 3-4 times a week to almost nothing. But my legs get so achy every time I haven't run for a couple of weeks or longer. My legs want to get moving again. Sometimes it can help to go for a walk but it doesn't stop it all together.

- My creativity and brain power aren't as sharp.  I can come up with a billion things to talk about while I'm running. I can solve a whole lot of my problems and answer a lot of questions I've been trying to figure out really easily when I'm running regularly, but when I'm not I feel like my brain turns to mush sometimes. It takes me a longer time to come up with ideas and solutions.

- I feel worse about the way I think my body looks. I know most of it is silly and untrue, but there are some days that I really feel like I just am not looking and good as I do when I'm able to go running.

- I get antsy when I feel like I haven't been able to get out and run.  I start feeling like I haven't done anything all day and then I start to try to find any reason I can to get out of the house. That's not entirely a bad thing though. 

This injury will pass and all of these things will change when I'm able to run again. Running helps every part of my body. It helps my brain focus, my emotions/hormones level out, it helps my muscles get stronger and tone, it helps me feel the drive to get stuff done...I can go on and on about how running helps us in so many ways! Sometimes when we are healthy we take it for granted and forget how much we need it in our lives. And then when we can't, for whatever reason, we quickly remember how much we love it!

What do you notice when you can't run (or do your favorite workout)?

If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life what kind would you choose?

Who else can't workout right now, why?

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