What To Do When I Can’t Run??

It has been 7 weeks since I strained the peroneal tendon in my right foot, and I still am not able to run. What do you do when you can’t run?

Sit at home binge-watching episodes of The Voice while moping? Glare at all the stoopid people running around the city when you are stuck in your car at red lights? Definitely NOT not updating your running blog. NO! Because I am a mature adult and that would be incredibly self-loathing.

I’ve been keeping plenty busy in other ways, which hasn’t been too difficult with the holiday season in full swing and my bestie’s upcoming wedding.  For one, my house gets cleaned regularly. I’ve been doing lots of housework and even redecorating! That makes me sound SUPER fun, I know, but it IS nice to get our place ready just before the holidays.

Cooking! With all the time spent NOT running, I have loads more time for making fancy dinners. There will be no grab-n-go dinner salads for me, not whilst I am injured. Instead, I can make homemade pizza (yup, this is fancy to me), made with veggies, chicken sausage, feta cheese, “Rustico” spaghetti sauce and a whole wheat crust (the latter 2 from Trader Joe’s!).

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Before and After cooking mashup

And you can’t forget dessert; a girl has got to live! I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for work on Halloween.

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I replaced the canola oil with olive oil, used dark chocolate chunks (high in antioxidants!), and organic ingredients, including organic whole wheat flower, and they turned out soft, fluffy and amazing!

But I promise I don’t just do housework and gorge on pizza and cookies all day long. I’ve had some pretty amazing goings-on during this running layoff. My boyfriend and I saw Frank Turner at the Fillmore…

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Vibin’

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…And I celebrated my best friend’s upcoming wedding with a bachelorette party in Disneyland!

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Shameless selfie stick-ing. Also, shamelessly drinking champagne before noon.

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We are indeed so happy!

As far as workouts go, I am very limited but giving it my best. I’ve been occasioning the stationary bike at the gym (exhilarating, I know), and doing Pilates as much as I can without irritating my foot. Next up, I will be working at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, representing the Berkeley Half Marathon! So even though I can’t run, I am keeping busy, and my mind engaged. My wise ol’ boyfriend likes to say, “when you can’t exercise your body, exercise your mind.” There are plenty of running mantras, so why not have an injury mantra?

Happy Running! (or not!)

-J

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6 thoughts on “What To Do When I Can’t Run??

  1. I’m just getting back to running after being off for 4 months due to a broken ankle. It was frustrating to be sure, I basically couldn’t do any exercise that involved my legs! You have a great attitude and I’m sure you’ll be back before you know it.

  2. Well you’re certainly keeping busy!
    I’m the same as you when I can’t run. Once I get over the angry “I’m-just-gonna-sit-around-and-never-run-again” strop, I keep busy with all the neglected chores, catch up with friends (probably also neglected while I’ve been running!), spend more time cooking, do what exercise I can and, if I can bear it, volunteer at parkrun or another race.
    It’s good to keep busy, but I hope you can get back to running soon as nothing else is ever write the same!

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