Not running because of an injury or an illness? Let’s be honest, if you’ve been running for any length of time, both suck.
Waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and full of energy and then suddenly realizing that you can’t slap on your favorite shoes and hit the streets for a run is a horrible feeling and we’ve all been there but I have to tell you, I think not running due to an illness is the worst.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there is an emotional roller coaster we often ride when it comes to injury, especially if it happens during training for a race. It can be devastating. That being said, you can usually still manage to get that endorphin rush through other forms of exercise and in the end, you will run again.
Case in point, when I was having hip issues a few years back I could still manage to do a pretty intense weight routine and I did a lot of swimming. Both managed to lift my spirits and keep my endurance up. When you’re dealing with an illness it’s not that easy. It brings moody to a whole new level.
Illness is an entirely different beast altogether. Whether your illness is short term or chronic, it may prevent you from doing any type of aerobic or strength workout altogether. Depending on what you’re suffering from, if you continue to work out when you’re ill you could actually make the situation worse. That’s exactly what happens to me.
Not knowing when I’ll be able to run again is the worst for me. If it were a fractured leg or a sprained ankle at least I would have an idea of how much time it could take to heal, but in my case I don’t know. The unknown scares me and since I would typically run and work out my feelings, well, you get the point. In some respects I’m really lucky because I can still manage to walk every day and I can do light weight routines without any major problems, but it’s just not the same. In fact, it’s not even close.
It’s definitely not a position that I enjoy being in because I’ve never been one of those people who wants to take a break from running. I seriously love running, any day, all day, all the time. Love. It. But illness forces you to listen to your body. It demands that you pay attention. You have no other choice. You’re stuck on the sideline for the time being, and how long that is, who knows? In my opinion illness is way worse than not running due to injury but I’m interested in your perspective too.
So tell me, what do you think is worse, not running due to illness or injury?