Bye bye running, for now

Okay when I said “for now”, I meant for now.

I had a small procedure done today that will prevent me from running until next Friday.  I can still walk, but nothing beyond that.

Sadly I didn’t get a final run in yesterday.  I got up at 3:30 AM and got home at 6:30 PM.  On top of that I had to be in town at 3:50 this morning, so as soon as I got home, I went to bed.

Any suggestions on what a running blogger should write while he can’t run?  I’ve had one suggestion already, but I am open to more.

Up until yesterday my running has been slowly improving since the big marathon day.  I got up to 4 miles on Wednesday and probably could have done more, but chose not to push it.  The heat has been getting to me again.  I haven’t run in 90+ degree weather for a couple of weeks and I can tell it has made a difference.  Of course it is supposed to be a high of 77 degrees tomorrow and I can’t run.  I guess I’ll have to sit and watch football.  Darn.

TJ has helped me map out my running plan for the next 6 months.  It is so nice to have him as a resource!  My goal for my next marathon is going to be three fold.

  1. Under 4:00
  2. 3:45
  3. 3:30 (BQ)

It is nice to have several options to push for and with cooler weather just a month away, I’m excited to have new goals.

I’m jealous of all you marathoners tapering and preparing for your Fall marathons.  I so enjoyed mine.  I hope I can keep healthy and keep running long distance races.  I really enjoy them.

Finally, a shout out to my running friend Neill (@BigBigGeek – bigbiggeek.wordpress.com) as he runs the Talladega Half Marathon Sunday.  I’m so excited for him.  If it weren’t for my current running situation (or lack thereof) I might think of running it myself – just for fun.  Good luck and God speed Neill (Isa. 40:31).

[I just got a tweet from him asking for advice for a newbie half marathoner – It would be awesome if you all could go to his blog (linked above) and give him some encouragement and support.  He is a great guy and really moving forward with his running!!!]

Sorry to be all over the place with this post.  Now what am I going to write tomorrow.  🙂

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22 thoughts on “Bye bye running, for now

  1. This is really a brief period of downtime. How about writing on 1)keeping weight down while you are not running), or what stationary exercises you can do to strengthen your core while not running?

    • Good ideas. Thanks. I can only do relatively light effort exercise like walking. I do have a goal of working more on my core which I know I haven’t worked hard enough on, but that will have to wait for a week or so. Keeping weight off while not running is a great idea too. I hope I am successful. 🙂

  2. I would take this opportunity as a chance to let your body rest. It’s been thru a lot! Perhaps write a post on counting your blessings? Focus on the positives, rather than missing out on cooler weather (because that weather will be there when you can run!). A) Your body gets to recharge. B) You get to watch football! C) You have a plan of action!
    Rest up and enjoy this little break!

    • How true. I mean at least I get to watch some football. I could be basketball season after all (I guess it almost is). 🙂 Anyway, I’m sure rest will help with all the 50 year old aches and pains. Thank you!!! I hope you are feeling better.

  3. This is a great break for your body! It needs time to rest and get ready for your next push. I’m sure you will have no trouble coming up with new posts. Maybe a post on lessons learned/things you might change/advice for new marathoners-to-be?

  4. It will be tough to take a break, but it is always for the best. We have all had to take them at one time or another! I actually think I am going to need to take one after my half marathon next month because I have a bit of runners knee, but I am promptly ignoring it for now and hoping that it goes away. I pulled my hamstring a few years ago and couldn’t run for 6-8 weeks. I went to see a personal trainer and they suggested working on other aspects of my fitness like flexibility. So it might be worth trying some yoga (especially if you never have before!). Since my injury, I have tried to do yoga once a week and I think it has made a huge difference.

    • I know a lot of people who have done yoga, but I haven’t tried it yet. I probably should. I have not done some of the things that I know would help me run better in doing squats and cross training and such. I hope to start some core exercises up soon. I got away without doing that as much before training for a marathon, but now it is catching up with me. Good luck with the knee. The only time I had an issue with my knee was before my half and it got better with my resting it after.

  5. Hope you’re doing OK; and I’m sure it’ll help with your post-race recovery, too. I’m no good at advising on blog posts- mine can be very random as I’m sure you know!

  6. Read a good book and blog about what you liked about it and what you learned from it. I am currently working through Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. I’ve even made a couple of his recipes. I do not recommend the carob pudding.

  7. Hopefully your week off will leave you feeling recharged and itching to get back on the running schedule, something many runners find hard to do after as big a challenge as a marathon. Your op might be a little blessing in disguise.
    Not a suggestion for a blog post as such, all of the above are great ideas and will fill a week easily, but just a suggestion. I’ve got a feeling that your gravatar pic needs an update. The man with the smiling face we see in our reader everyday is not the new man we saw smiling after the Lehigh Valley marathon.
    All the best with your recovery!

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