June Runfessions – Injured Runner Edition

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Jun 29

Hey hey!  I hope you’re having a great day and looking forward to an awesome weekend!

The month of June is almost in the rearview mirror, and since it’s the last Friday of the month, it’s time to join Marcia for Runfessions!  Since I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis, unofficially for months, and officially for a couple of weeks, I’ve got plenty to runfess so I figured I”d dedicate this blog post to my feelings about it!

I’m also linking up with the new Friday 5 2.0  with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy!

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The last Friday of the month means it's time for Runfessions, and this month, I'm talking about self-doubt as a runner. Time for some real talk!

Runfessions – June 2018

Sleeping in a night splint isn’t so bad.  I wish they gave me two…

Thanks to my plantar fasciitis, I have to strap myself in a boot-like contraption every night.  Since both feet have PF and they only gave me one splint, I have to alternate each night.  I will runfess that I did miss a couple of nights of wearing it, but overall I’ve been following the doctor’s orders.  I don’t find it hard to sleep in at all, but it’s frustrating that they only gave me one…how will I ever heal?

night splint

No running and no barre means I’m super miserable.

Obviously, I miss running most of all, but I totally understand that I need to hold off on that while I recover.  However, it’s frustrating that I can’t even trust myself in barre class.  The core work and light weights are great, but the class is way too hard on my feet, especially at the barre.  I could modify the exercises, but I could also see myself doing more harm than good.  Barre is my second favorite workout after running, so not being able to do this workout either is frustrating.  My workouts give me life!

I’m worried about ballooning in weight.

I’ve already gained weight since the marathon, that’s a fact.  I tried on my wedding dress and it’s actually a bit snug.  I’m usually not worried about my weight because I’ve been stable for years, but I need to make a conscious effort to eat responsibly while I’m living this temporarily “sedentary” lifestyle.  When I had my boot on my right foot back in 2013, I gained a LOT, at least for me.  So I’m really focusing on watching my portion sizes and keeping away from the Twizzlers, lol.  I”ve been cooking a lot more these past few months, which is great, but I still overindulge a bit when I go out.  But I’m working on it!

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I hate the exercise bike…but it’s all I’ve got.

The exercise bike is EXTREMELY boring, but since it’s pretty much the only “cardio” I can do I’ll have to make the most of it.  I have to runfess when I went to the gym last week, I hated that I had to walk past the treadmill and head over to the stationary bike.   Now don’t get me wrong, I think cycling is great, believe me, but sitting in that gym and reading a book, hardly feeling any kind of burn, just feels like a waste.  But again, it’s better than doing nothing.  I would have considered spin class but again, it just feels too risky right now.  Any way to make the indoor bike less boring?  Maybe I should try one of the specific workouts on the machine…intervals?

And I plan to enjoy the summer as MUCH as possible!

Now I had to end these runfessions on a high note!  As much as I’m venting here, I’m extremely grateful that my condition isn’t worse.  It does seem to be taking longer to heal than I want it to, and I know I have to be patient.  The bright side of my injury is that I don’t have to run in 90+ degree heat (which I absolutely hate), my weekends are wide open for fun activities, and I’ve got more time after work to simply relax, rather than getting in a 4 or 5-mile run.  I just need to keep a positive attitude and enjoy the summer as much as I can!

What runfessions would you share with me?  How is your summer going so far?

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