When Life Gives Me Lemons…

…I make a sour face.

In case you’ve noticed that I have stopped posting about my workouts every day, or talked much about working out in general, I’m finally ready to tell you about why. It’s because of this:

For those of you who are new to the blog, let me start from the beginning. A few weeks before my half ironman I did a Wednesday long run on the treadmill (13.1 miles). After my run, I stopped by the grocery store next door to pick up a few things.

While I was walking around, I took a funny step and felt a strange twinge in my foot. Yes, apparently I can run 13.1 miles on a treadmill without getting hurt, but am incapable of walking around the grocery store. Story of my life.  Anyway, my foot hurt a lot, and I was limping around, but I figured it was just a ‘tweak’ and would be gone the next day. But it was not gone the next day…or the next. I took a few days off of running and the pain eventually went away. I thought my foot was fine, but the pain came back during my mud run that Saturday.

I went to the general doctor that week, and she said she thought it was plantar faciitis. However, that diagnosis never quite sat right with me, because all of the descriptions said that the pain usually lessened or went away as you kept going, but mine got worse. Regardless, I followed the doctor’s instructions and took the last week and a half before my half ironman off from running, and just focused on biking, swimming, and aqua-jogging.

During the half ironman, my foot felt good through the swim, bike, and the first six-ish miles of the race, but around mile six or seven the pain started to come back. I made it through the race, but was in a pretty good amount of pain again.

I took a couple more weeks off of running after the half ironman, but while the pain was better it was still not gone completely, so I finally asked my doctor to let me see the podiatrist.

Well, the podiatrist said that I sprained my foot, and that it may take up to THREE MONTHS to heal completely. Cue my tears.

Okay, so I didn’t really cry, but I have been pretty upset. No running for months?? No swimming?? No biking?? (Okay so I have been biking a couple of times…it’s the only exercise I can do that doesn’t seem to hurt my foot, because the bike shoe is hard plastic on the bottom and keeps my foot from stretching out on the bottom, which is when the pain comes).

I know a lot of my blogger friends have been dealing with injuries lately, and have talked about working on realizing they have an identity outside of running. I never thought of myself as someone that would have that problem, but all of a sudden I find myself feeling lost.

What am I going to do if I can’t get my normal workouts in? How can I go a few months without racing? What will my blog readers think if I am not blogging about a lot of workouts and races?

Wednesday was national runner’s day, and it killed me to read about everyone going for runs and signing up for races. I had a packed spring running schedule and loved it, and was looking forward to packing the summer and fall, too. Today is a gorgeous seventy-degree day, and it’s killing me not to be able to go out for a run.

After a lot of deliberation and numerous conversations with my best friend, I had also decided to sign up for a September marathon in hopes of earning a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon before the qualifying times get faster next year. (I can’t believe I just admitted that goal out loud!:)

But now, it looks like a September marathon is not in the cards. I am signed up for a 5k tomorrow morning that I am not going to run, and I am probably not going to be able to run the 5k I am signed up for in July, either.

Today I went and picked up my race packet because the store was right by my house and I figured if I paid the race entry fee I might as well get my shirt and free stuff. (Although I am still debating whether I would feel “right” wearing the shirt. If it were a half or full marathon I would definitely not wear it, but a local 5k is questionably okay in my mind.)

I know this is not the end of the world, and everyone has to deal with injuries in their running careers, but this is the first time I will have not completed a race I signed up for, and the first time I’ve had to sit out for months at a time. I’m not going to lie to you and say I have figured out how to turn my lemons into lemonade, because honestly right now I am still feeling pretty upset about the fact that I can’t run!

Sorry, I am sure I will eventually come to accept my situation and gain a more positive outlook on it, but for now I’m just feeling a little bit…sour.


Would you wear the race t-shirt? It’s cotton, so I would probably only wear it as a pajama shirt anyway.

Have you had to sit out for long periods of time due to injuries? What did you tell yourself to get through it?


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39 Responses to When Life Gives Me Lemons…

  1. Anastasia says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. I hurt my knee pretty badly last year and all you can do is rest. I did some upper body cardio. I ordered a kickboxing dvd and just did whatever punches and things they did while not moving my legs. I also ice my knees after every single workout now.

    I hope you heal soon and just use this time to rest! You’ll come back better than ever when it’s over! :]

    • Aw, sorry to hear about your knee. Yeah, I was trying to think of what kind of “cardio” I can do without my jumping around on my foot. I feel totally lost trying to figure it out…all of my workout routines revolve around leg or total body workouts, haha. I will figure it out, though…just gotta get over the learning/injured curve:)

  2. Jillian says:

    Cute =P

  3. If it were me, I’d wear it to sleep or whatever but I probably wouldn’t wear it out and about simply because I wouldn’t want to deal with awkward convos if someone asked about it. But that’s just me! Haha 🙂

    • Yeah, I am concerned about that as well! Although it seems less likely since it’s a really small race. But yeah, since it’s cotton I probably won’t wear it out of the house much anyway. I still feel weird wearing it in general, though:/. But oh well, I’ll get over it!

  4. Girl! I cant even run a 5k! Be proud =) love you!

  5. Trisha says:

    Of course we will still read the blog! Hope things improve soon. Hang in there! And we all know you can run a 5k…so wearing the shirt shouldn’t be a big deal 🙂

  6. Aw man, that sucks. I totally sprained my ankle walking last week (lame), but definitely not as bad as yours. I’ve had to totally cut out running and be really careful on some weight lifting, but praise the Lord, I still have my swimming.

    • Aw, haha, well that makes me feel slightly better, but I’m sorry to hear about your ankle! I have sprained my left ankle like 20 billion times. Totally lame! I am so sad that somehow swimming still hurts my foot (it’s the flapping motion of the feet that pulls at the sprained muscle). So sad. But at least I can still go out and lay in the sun and enjoy the pool! Oh wait…that’s not exercise? Crud!

  7. Lauren says:

    aw, friend! Im sorry about your foot!

    We will bike a ton and have lots of picnics and blogger meet ups and we will pass the time so quickly and before you know it you will be running again!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Awww oh no!!! Ok I have had to stop running a few times in my running career, once three months due to knee injury and another I needed to do for me and each time I had to give up races. This past year I gave up marine corps monthsin advance because I was very sick. I felt like I was losing my marathon. I had a very hard time with it but each time I took a break I learned and grew as an individual and a runner and came back stronger and faster. Last year when I gave up mcm my pt said I would come back and be a great runner and it took time but I feel like I am getting back there minus the it band. And am ready for mcm or to train. The races u can’t do are not ur races but others will be, set different goals, lv rnr!! Relax, enjoy the well earned time off and it’s ok to mourn a temporary loss. We r here for u!

    • Aww, I’m sorry to hear about your troubles last year, Steph! I shouldn’t complain about missing some 5ks when you had to give up your marathon. So tough!! Thank you for the kind words and great advice!

  9. Sandy says:

    So sorry about your foot! I hurt my upper back in the accident in December, forcing me to rest. I had also reignited the tendinitis in my wrist. Upper body training is integral to my daily workouts, so I was also going through withdrawal. I tried to find workouts that wouldn’t impact my back (’cause there are SO many of those, right?) or wrist, which of course meant no upper body. I walked a lot on the treadmill just to get the sense that I was getting in a workout, which also allowed my wrist to heal. I gradually increased the speed and incline and eventually really increased my endurance. Ironically, this is how I got into running. I also cooked a lot, which is always therapeutic for me. But I did have to keep reminding myself that resting is what will ultimately allow me to return to full workouts. If I’d had access to a pool, that’d have been ideal. Hang in there, and start slow once you are able to run again!

    • Thanks for your support, Sandy. I’m sorry to hear how tough it was for you to get through your injury! I am definitely having that problem now where it’s difficult to find workouts that keep me off my feet, but I bought a pull buoy today so I can swim in the pool without kicking (since the kicking pulls at the sprained foot muscle). So that’s something, at least! But you’re right, I need to be patient and give myself the best chance at recovery!

  10. Dana says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your foot! =( I hope that it heals quickly (before 3 months!) because I know that you are eager to get back to running! I love you!!

  11. Karen says:

    This is a sad post 😦 But I still say rock that t-shirt! You earned it because getting through injuries are tough and they don’t make t-shirts for that. *BIG HUG* and enjoy the bike ride tomorrow!

  12. lindsay says:

    totally been there girl. You will get thru this and you will be MENTALLY stronger for it. Just keep swimming.

  13. Chuck says:

    You rock running or no running! I read your blog to read about your awesomeness, not how hard you worked out : ) I know it’s tough putting off races, but who cares, because next year you’ll be twice as strong and do better than you would have done this year even if you were healthy!

    I’m torn on the race shirt! I have one too- I got the “mini mini” tri I was going to do and it was like 38 degrees so I was like, screw this, and went home. I’m thinking about putting a big X on the back in permanent marker and then still wearing it lol

    • Thank you, Chuck! I really appreciate that. I am blown away by everyone’s kind words!

      Haha, I don’t blame you for saying forget it about that 38 degree tri! That’s crazy! If it’s a mini tri I think you could just wear it, but the permanent marker solution is pretty hilarious!

  14. Patty says:

    Aww…sorry to hear about your foot…bummer. Just try to rest it while doing other things you love to do. As for the shirt, in my opinion, you are a true marathoner…not just a “poser”. ..wear it. 🙂

  15. mike says:

    OH NO!!

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Great post though…
    I really can’t thank you enough for being so encouraging to me as I start my health journey. I hope you heal up very very quickly.

    Would I wear the shirt? I would say yes, but it sounds like you have more integrity than me when it comes to honesty in apparel. I’ve bought racing shirts from Goodwill before and worn them proudly. It’s hard to find a good running shirt in XL by the way.

    Again, best wishes. I’ll be following your summer and fall with alot of interest! 🙂

    • Thank you, Mike! That is so nice of you to say.

      Well, I totally support buying cheap running stuff form Goodwill! I grew up in a family that always bought everything second hand. Even today I refuse to pay full price or buy the really expensive work out gear…it just costs SO much money. I have a few nicer pieces, but mostly I have found cheaper alternatives for my gear. I love the Champion running shorts at target which are $15!:)

  16. Tina @ vanillandspice says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your foot! Personally, I’d wear the shirt. You seem to have done enough marathons to earn the right to wear it. I hope you feel better soon.

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  18. Priyanka says:

    So sorry to hear about your injury. Take it easy girl and concentrate on getting better. You can always resume running once the injury is healed. But I do understand that feeling!

  19. Allison says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your foot! I hope the healing goes smoothly and you are back out there relatively soon. I’m glad that you can still bike and swim. I’m sure that will make the time off from running a little easier. I’d love to join you for a ride some time though I’m not totally sure I can keep up! 🙂

  20. We should definitely go for a ride sometime! I am sure you could keep up!! I’m no speedster myself, and I’m definitely in no hurry these days:). Any exercise is good exercise in my current condition, lol:).

  21. DiningAndDishing says:

    Such a bummer! That is the cutest sour face ever btw :). Wishing you a very speedy recovery :).

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

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