Staying busy!

So what did the past week look like for this injured-runner-who-can’t-run-for-a-few-more-weeks?

Yoga, Pilates, Hiking (I wrote about this here), and Music!

Outside Lands

My first music festival!

I’ll get to that in a minute…

Club One Fitness Studio

Yogaself

My attempt at taking a selfie* before yoga class

*note to selfie: sit closer to mirror to capture a better picture!

Last week I started yoga, and this week I’ve added Pilates to my routine. I have always been a huge fan of Pilates. I’ve taken Reformer Pilates classes in the past and absolutely love and recommend giving it a try if possible, but those classes often come with a hefty price tag. My gym offers mat Pilates with my membership and I attended class for the first time on Wednesday morning. It was a very tradition Pilates class, but I left there feeling nice and sore so something must be working!

Saturday afternoon I also attended another yoga class. I loved every minute of the 1 1/2 hour class! The teacher was so nice, and great with instruction so I was able to learn a few new things. I was able to balance in the “crow” position for the first time ever. Not for long, but it was awesome.

Bakasana_,_crow_pose

I’ll just let this guy demonstrate; he seems to know what he is doing

I may not be running right now, but I feel physically stronger.

I have probably lost a good deal of cardio as I have been very cautious about putting any impact on my leg. I’ve been reluctant to use the cardio machines, because…well they are cardio machines facing a wall in the gym. Running is just what I do, and and I’m counting down the days until I can start training again. Outside. No offense to the elliptical, but you. are. boring.

What is not boring?

Outside Lands Stage

Music festivals! Yesterday I went to Outside Lands, a 3 day concert event in Golden Gate Park. I only attended on Sunday as ticket prices for 3 days were a little steep for me right now before taking a trip to Hawaii (2.5 weeks away!), but I was so happy I got to go. I went with my boyfriend and a bunch of other friends, and in one day I was able to see 5 performances!

My favorites of the day:

The key to getting me through this time off of running has been to just stay busy. I can’t concern myself with the fact I will be losing a lot of fitness and will have to build it up again. I’m thinking back to the time when I first started running. I was so focused and excited to be training for a half marathon, and I felt so proud of each mile I added to my training. That is the mental approach I need to take when I can resume running again. I’m having some x-rays taken coming up, so fingers crossed I will get some good news!

-J

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9 thoughts on “Staying busy!

  1. Yoga makes such a huge difference for me…I can totally notice subtle changes in my body when I don’t have a regular practice. Pretty sure that’s why I have ITBS now. If you ever want to try yoga outside of your gym, Yoga to the People is an awesome donation based studio and has a ton of classes 🙂

    • Thank you for the suggestion! I looked up the studio and it’s not far from where I live. It would be awesome to take yoga at an actual studio. I will definitely have to check it out!

  2. Well done on the yoga pose, mastering things while you can’t run- go you! Glad you enjoyed the music festival 😀

    • Ha I haven’t heard that before! I have access to a pool and a stationary bike so I need to spend more time with those types of exercises. I just prefer to be outside so I’ve let my cardio slip some 😉

    • 5 weeks ago I developed shin pain in my left leg that resembled a stress fracture. I decided to stop running temporarily as a precaution, but so far I have received no exact diagnosis. The pain is gone, but I’m waiting for a follow up with the doctor before I start running again!

      When I initially started running I experienced knee pain as well. I was able to run through the discomfort but it never quite went away. I finally took a one or two week hiatus last fall until I had no more pain in my knees and I haven’t had any (knee) problems since. Do you have good running shoes? Increasing mileage/speed too quickly, running on hard surfaces, and weak muscles can also contribute to knee pain. Rest is never a bad idea, because it can prevent a small problem from escalating. Good luck to you 🙂

      • Oh wow, I hope you can start running again soon! Thanks, I think I will try to take a little rest to see if that helps. I didn’t think I was running that much but I’ve only been running on concrete lately which I know is hard on the knees. I run in Brooks but they are over a year old now.

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