In a bit of bummer news today, I was told by my doctor to stop running for at least the next 4-6 weeks to let a foot injury heal. I know, 4-6 runningless weeks probably doesn’t sound like that much, but as I have been running 4 times a week almost every week for almost the last two years, I kind of can’t imagine that long without it.
As James will tell you, living with me when I’m not getting a whole bunch of exercise becomes — well, let’s just be diplomatic about it and say difficult. Pent-up energy without an outlet quickly turns into grumpiness, which eventually morphs into feeling gross and fat, which makes me even grumpier. I also just make better life choices when I’m exercising: I eat better, sleep better, think better, — in short, I’m a happier, more stasia-like person when I get to run around.
So this 4-6 weeks of not running and even, said my doctor, minimizing walking, feels a little like a death sentence. Which is silly and overdramatic and I’m trying to put it all into perspective because come on. I can still bike. I haven’t lost any limbs. I’ve suffered no traumatic brain or internal injuries. In a month or two, hopefully all will be well and I won’t even remember this. Certainly I will lose most of my running fitness, but I can work back up to it. It’s not the end of the world.
What I do need, though, is some good low-impact exercising, preferably where I don’t have to pay for it (i.e. no gym memberships to get access to a pool). And I’d really rather be outside. I’m already scheming how to find every hill to bike up on my way to work, but realistically I can’t climb Council Crest 6 times on my way to work every day;)
If you have any ideas for me, I’d love to hear them. Consider it an investment in helping me not be a crazy person. James will thank you;)