How do you deal with a bad day when you can’t run?

Yesterday was a particularly rough day.  It was one of those days where you know that a good run is “better than therapy”.   One of those days where you would barely get out of the door with your running gear on before you are off running as hard as you can just to get the junk out of your head.

For me, yesterday was a day of frustration.  Yes, the day was difficult, but the frustrating part of the day was the fact I can’t run until Friday.


I could have set a PR.  I could have run so hard and so long.  I could have run off the day.  I could have saved my mind and my body a lot of stress if I could just have gone for a run.

I walked.

I walked for hours.

I walked along highways with no shoulders.  At times I was inches from cars on a two lane road.  I had to leave the neighborhood and there aren’t many areas to walk nearby and I didn’t want to drive somewhere.  I was careful though and most of the time stayed a few feet from the traffic.  Cars were considerate and moved over for me when they could.  At one point I slipped on pine straw, but I caught myself and was fine.

Finally after miles of walking I headed home.  This walk helped.  I’m glad I could walk and I am thankful I am in shape.  I had no fear of doing “too much”.  I just walked off my day.

I miss my running.  I think some of my problems from the day was the fact I haven’t really run much in the past month.  I was hurt the week before my marathon so I didn’t run.  I was too sore to run (or even walk) the week after my marathon.  Now I had to take a week off for other reasons.  I guess I’m having endorphin withdrawal.  🙂

Tomorrow my hiatus from running is over.  I can run as much as I want.  I already have a 6 mile run planned with my friend Neill on Saturday.  I’m looking forward to that.

We take so much for granted in this life.  I never knew how much of my mental well-being was tied up in running.  I never knew until yesterday how much I NEED running.  I have been transformed into a runner and I cannot go back.

19 thoughts on “How do you deal with a bad day when you can’t run?

  1. I’m taking time off running right now for shin splints. It’s terrible. I miss it already and it’s only been a few days. Best of luck in your quest for Boston. I was notified just yesterday that I made the cut for 2014 (by 4 seconds), and I remember years ago when I decided to go for it and try. Three marathons later, I made it. I’m looking forward to reading about when you get notification of acceptance into Boston!!!!

  2. I get the same way….I become an emotional, irrational, anxious wreck of a person if I can’t run for more than 2-3 days. I deal with it by baking & eating sweets. 🙂

  3. When I think of all the things I have been through when I couldn’t run, I wonder how I got through them with my emotional well being and sanity intact. But I think what got me through was the mindset running has given me for life and facing challenges. Walking helps, but I agree there is nothing like running off a bad mood or day! 🙂

    • So true. You have helped inspire me through difficult times by what you write!! I never knew how much running helped me until I had to take so much time off. I don’t know how you got through the past two months without being able to run much!!!

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