Not running due to illness or injury, what’s worse?

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.

Not Running SucksWaking 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.

when you cant runI’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.

mood swings

Yep, that’s me.

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.

not my jamIt’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?

A training update: Why me?

MacGyver went to our cabin for the weekend. I didn’t really want to go because I had a lot of things to do around here and I wanted to be here in case my niece needed me when she and 9 of her closest friends blew in to town Sunday morning. Well, there’s that and the fact that I can do all the shopping I want when the cat’s away 😉 I hit up quite a few estate sales and garage sales on Saturday and I did find a few things but nothing too remarkable.

On Sunday I got some landscaping done and painted a few pieces of furniture. It was quite a productive weekend if I do say so myself. I was glad to get so much done since next week I’ll be quite consumed with the Sarasota Marathon which I am super excited about and was totally looking forward to. I even thought my training was going really well….but then last night happened.

Why me

I woke up with the all too familiar pain in the hip and the butt, and this time I even felt it in my knee. Only it’s the other hip, (the left hip), you know, the good one.

WTF? I didn’t over train. I took my rest days. I stretched. I rolled. I worked on balance.
I suspect that maybe with all the strength training and really working hard on healing my bad hip, I have inadvertently made the left one weaker than the right!

Why God Why
I’m taking a rest day today and I’ll continue to work on my strength training but suffice it to say, I’m quite worried about the race on Sunday and how my legs will do. It’s not an overly hilly course or anything but there is that humongous bridge and that is worrisome. I’m trying not to freak out too much because I don’t think it’s too bad but it’s very hard NOT to freak out. It’s just my nature I guess.

Nancy Why

I hear you girl!

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here was my training last week…

Monday
Off
Strength Training (Single leg lifts, Side leg lifts, rear leg lifts)

Tuesday
Ran 6.3 miles
Strength Training (Single leg lifts, Side leg lifts, rear leg lifts)

Wednesday
Ran 6.5 miles
Fitness Blenders 100 squat challenge
Pop Sugar Arm workout

Thursday
Ran 7 miles
100 squat challenge
Strength Training (Single leg lifts, Side leg lifts, rear leg lifts)

Friday
Ran 4 miles
Fitness Blenders Kettlebell workout
Arm Work out pop sugar

Saturday
Ran 12 miles
Strength Training (Single leg lifts, Side leg lifts, rear leg lifts)

Sunday
Ran 6.3 miles
Strength Training (Single leg lifts, Side leg lifts, rear leg lifts)

And just a few training notes:

I did the Pop Sugar arm work out using 8lb and 5lb weights and I love this work out. I can definitely feel it in my arms and I am loving the way they are looking. I also loved the kettlebell routine from fitness blender but I used my 15 lb kettlebell for the entire workout. Also, be careful with the halo when you’re using a kettlebell. I nearly knocked myself out. I can only imagine what would have happened if I had used the weights they use!

Anyone else running the Sarasota Marathon on Sunday?
How’s your training going?