What to Expect When You're Injured
Captain's Log Day 3. It's my third day without running and I am losing my damn mind. What sort of life did I lead before my commitment to spandex and Asics shoes? I have all this time! I mean what does one do with all this time!?! Taking time off because of an injury sucks. It's the worst. Here's what you can expect:
1. Extreme Boredom.
Expect lots of pouting. I hope you like restless leg syndrome because you are about to develop it.
2. You Have Time To Catch Up With People or Date.
Oh hey significant other, what's your name again? The ONLY plus side of taking time off is that you get to socialize with people. But baby steps it's probably been a while since you spoke with anyone who wasn't running beside you. Topics to avoid: How often you run, that you run, what you wear when you run, what you eat when you run, how you miss running. Go get your dating game on. Go catch up with your friends and family. Take your honey to dinner.
3. You Clean.
There's no better way to use your endless amounts of energy than to clean your house. A little tidying up turns into a complete overhaul. Everything. Must. Go. You end up cleaning out closets, drawers, and garages. You re-arrange your entire living room but then switch it back. And it will only takes 45 minutes. You think, "I wouldn't even be HALFWAY done with my run by now. Maybe I'll mow the lawn."
4. You Start a Project You Will Not Finish.
Knitting? Crocheting? Sudoku? Baking? Martial Arts? Interior decorating? Another Language? All will be thrown aside the second you get the green light to run again.
You will lose it. You will start seeing and hearing things. It's normal...I think.
6. An Overwhelming Sense of Anxiety.
You don't feel like yourself. You just have so much energy and you can't put it anywhere. This too shall pass.
7. You Get Your Google On.
Get off WebMD. Stop stalking your ex. Stop looking for ways to heal faster. Put your ipad or computer away and go binge watch a new TV show.
8. You Start to Panic.
You are still a runner! Even if you can't run, you are still a runner. DO YOU HEAR ME? You will be back before you know it! Go stretch. (Unless you aren't allowed to stretch...)
10. An Early Bed Time.
What time is it? Bedtime? But it's only 9:30! Yes, enjoy that. Go lay in bed.
11. No Morning Workout.
But an early bed time means you will wake up early. And then remember that you can't get a pre-work run in.
And then you have to do it ALL. OVER. AGAIN.
Knee Update: I went to the doctor and she said it's nothing serious, just a little overused! (This of course came after the "Don't run marathons" lecture and I'm all "Dr. Yelena I'm running a marathon not smoking crack. I think one of these hobbies is a better choice than the other." To which she responded, "Drug addiction is a serious matter shouldn't be joked about." And I'm all, "Tough crowd...") But it's the best case scenario.
What's my prognosis? She told me if I HAD TO RUN to do short distances slowly. And if the pain persists to stop immediately. I then asked her what she thinks I should ACTUALLY do. She told me to take the week off and re-evaluate on Monday. Which means I have 7 full days with 0 running. I haven't gone that long without running since resting after my marathon a year and a half ago. But she said I can ride a bike so that is what I will be doing. I will be getting my Tour de France on up and down the West Side Highway. Watch out New Yorkers. I will be the girl in serious workout gear on a citi bike screaming "ON YOUR LEFT!"
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Until tomorrow everyone, #RunSelfieRepeat.