The struggle is real: broken runner edition

I’ve been moping around the house all week. It’s pathetic and unlike me to do that.

Though I can’t run right now, there are things I CAN do but have seemed to come up with a gazillion excuses not to. Wanna hear some of them? Sure ya do!

  • I have no energy.
  • I will miss out of time with Mike before he goes to work.
  • I have a migraine.
  • My eyelashes hurt.
  • I don’t have anyone to go with. <-Total lie. Heather meets me all the time.
  • The class times are too early or late. <-SUPER lame excuse.
  • What if a meteor hits the gym while I’m in it? <-Hey, it could happen.

Okay so I made some of them up but they are just as pathetic as the real ones. Having a migraine does suck so with the exception of that, there’s no valid reason for me not to make it to the gym.

As I was laying in the sun with Bam yesterday, Mike handed me this race sign up form. I saw the date and quickly said I can’t even run till March.

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Oh wait that’s NEXT month!!!!! All of the sudden the glass was half full.

Here’s the deal. I am just being a whiny pain in the ass. I have always been a huge advocate of finding things you CAN do and DO them. I am now eating my words and it feels pretty crappy not living up to them. It happens to all of us, it’s how we choose to handle it is what shows our character.

Sometimes we just need to sulk in self pity for a bit so we can pick ourselves up and move on.

There is redemption, my friends! A new day, another shot to make things happen. So today I am going to pull my sorry ass together and go to the gym without any excuses. Even if my eyelashes hurt or I have to bribe myself with delicious iced coffee.

Because after I will feel so much better, more like myself and be a much happier human. You are welcome Mike. 😉

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Though I haven’t made it to the gym, I have been going for walks every day. Yesterday I took Bam with me to the beach so he could run around like a wild man. This is his ‘mom why are you walking so slow’ face.

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He tried to bust through the waves to catch birds. Watching Bam in his element was so refreshing. It’s crazy how much this little guy makes me happy just being himself.

Dude was unsuccessful but wore out in case you are wondering.

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At least one of us can run! {Pun totally intended}

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Y’all know where I’m headed. I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Past and/or current injured runners, how do you overcome feeling sorry for yourself?

Share your broken runner stories. Especially if they are pathetic and can make us laugh.

4 things you did yesterday?


3 Comments on “The struggle is real: broken runner edition

  1. Perfect post for me right now! I am an injured runner and I am going crazy! And of course I have been making excuses to not work out for fear of hurting my leg more. I think I have a pulled hamstring. Which I messed up in September- I think. I am finally going to Physical Therapy this week. Hopefully someone can help me heal and I can move forward. I am tired, cranky and feeling blah. I know it’s from not working out and I have been very sporadic with the workouts. Must get back to it!!

    • Best of luck to you. I have found more healing in physical therapy than anything else. I think you are headed in the right direction.

  2. I guess the closest I’ve come to a running injury (knock on wood) is IT band issues I brought on by a combination of rotating in some minimal shoes + intense speed work when I was training for my “A” race last year. It was 20 weeks of training down the drain, since I came nowhere close to my goal and really felt incredibly defeated. For months afterwards I didn’t run long (I just did a little maintaining during the week). Running had fallen out of my heart. I think I needed that break. I was rejuvenated when I ran a trail race that was just out of this world gorgeous. So long, perhaps irrelevant story short, what about focusing on some cross training types of things that you don’t have time for when you’re in full throttle running training? I always wish I had time for more yoga and strength training. Maybe something like that?

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