Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Life Post-Running

I haven't run in almost 6 months, not even a couple of steps when I'm hurrying somewhere. I don't think this has happened since I learned how to walk, yet here we are. Since it would be easy to come up with a "woe is me" list, I thought it would be more fun to come up with a list of things that are good about it.

I have more time to do really important things, like binge watch The Walking Dead.

I don't know why I waited so long to watch this show. It's awesome.



I started last week and I'm mid-way through season 2 and I'm already having dreams about walkers so obviously this is a wise life choice.





I can wear any shoes I want to the gym. I used to pick shoes based on how well they supported my running mileage, even if they weren't cute. I just realized the other day that it doesn't matter what I wear because I'm not doing any impact stuff, so I can buy my next pair just because I like the color.


I can get cheap cute Target sneakers!


On the same theme as the shoes, I can wear any top I want to the gym. Super cute sports bra top that would probably chafe after 3 miles and isn't supportive enough? Who gives a shit? I'm just on the Stair Master anyway so I can wear the cute tops with the cut away backs.






I'm home more often. I get to spend more time with my husband and kids which is always a plus. It's almost relaxing to not have to plan out how to get a certain amount of mileage done on the weekend, or get up early to get it done and be tired all day.





A few unexpected observations:

I throw away a lot more leftovers. I never realized how big of an appetite running gave me until I stopped. The kids won't eat leftovers (little snobs) and neither will my husband (big snob) so usually I'm the one who takes care of it. Well, I can't keep up anymore and even though I've convinced the baby that leftovers are OK, I'm still throwing away a lot more food than before. I guess I need to learn to cook smaller quantities?





I don't think my dog ever actually liked running. She's 6 now so that could be a factor, but once I stopped running, she really didn't care. This is a dog that would come with me for 20 miles and never falter, but I think she just would follow me to the end of the earth because she's a good dog. Now she and the cat just nap while I watch TV during the kid's nap time and she's just as happy and tired as before.





I've become way more girly. I used to never take the time to do my hair because I spent all my free time getting miles in and then I was tired from running. Now that I can only workout a reasonable amount every day, I'm putting more time into doing my hair and shit and I even have face cream now.





I'm almost three months post surgery and I go back for another post-op appointment on the 20th. I'm still having nerve pain but there isn't anything they can do for that, so my main hope is to get clearance to bend more so I can try spin and yoga. Mood wise, I'm doing OK. I'm still taking things day by day and honestly adopting Catniss was a big morale boost. Recovery is so long that it's nice to have a pet that just wants to cuddle and I can exercise her from the couch with a laser pointer. Cats are the lazy (or injured) person's ideal pet.


See? They hate when people exercise


If you had to give up your favorite hobby, what do you think would be the best "silver lining" of it? Before kids, I'd say sleeping in on the weekends, but we all know that's not something that happens with toddlers in the house.

20 comments:

  1. You weren't watching Walking Dead before?? Shocking. It's a great show!

    Silver lining? Uh, if I had to give up running, I'd probably learn to do new things like swim and bike. I need to focus on that, as I have an MRI tomorrow to check for a femoral neck stress fracture/torn cartilage in my hip and I am FREAKING OUT. I just wanted to go to the doc to get a PT referral for hip tendinitis. Instead, I got a script for an arthrogram because "a stress fracture is very likely." WTF?

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  2. Favorite hobby = backpacking, so the silver lining list would be huge! I would have hair that wasn't stuck to my head with grease, I'd get to wear more than one outfit for 5 days in a row, I wouldn't have to sleep on a rock, I wouldn't freeze my ass of while camping out in the winter, and I wouldn't spend half my life finding deserted wilderness trailheads. Come to think of it, there are tons of pros :)

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  3. I'm almost 37 weeks pg with our second so I've finally given up running until it arrives. So many of the same as you list here. The food thing is surprising, I'm not sure I ever realised how much I ate when I was running all the time!
    So glad you named the cat Catniss, it's a great name. I might steal it. For a new cat if course, not the baby! Enjoy your fur baby cuddles & good luck at your next check up.

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  4. It's probably inappropriate how excited I am that you're taking up Walking Dead. I've often thought to myself that the only thing your blog lacked was WD gifs and NOW THAT ISN'T THE CASE!!!! Keep up the great work! ;)

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  5. Good thing you got a tiny cat.
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/kitty_hug

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  6. It will be interesting to see if you fall for cycling as you did for running. As I've learned, it can quickly become an obsession!

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  7. I'm surprised you weren't watching Walking Dead before too!

    I definitely think the upside would be having more time and being less tired. How much time were you spending each week running vs how much time are you spending working out now? I know you spent a lot of time running, but not sure how many hours that translated to weekly. :)

    Very interesting about the food! It makes sense, but I never would have thought it would make that much of a difference

    Side note - OMG on the leftovers, I would not be able to deal with that if that were my family! You have way more patience than I do! Leftovers rule in my house.

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  8. The silver lining to giving up running? Probably scoring a Xanax prescription, because I know my mental state would definitely suffer. But the cute shoes and clothes WOULD be an added bonus.

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  9. Since I've given up running for a few weeks, I would say it is that I don't have to shower everyday if I don't want to :)

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  10. Oh man. I had to give up running last November and the two big ones are - not having to harness myself into a sports bra for yoga classes and getting more choices in my schedule. In the summer I used to have to run at the crack of dawn to beat the heat but now I wake up whenever and take a yoga or spin class whenever it fits into my schedule.

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  11. I haven't technically given up running, but I've been on the "working out a reasonable - small amount of time per day" plan for a few months now. I've enjoyed many of the benefits you've mentioned, with the addition of getting to sleep in on the weekends, and having time to read way more books. It's also just overall so much less stressful not having to figure out when to do grad work in between running 20 miles and working at a running store. I can't really say I miss it right now.

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  12. I feel like at least half of the dirty laundry in my house is sweaty compression pants and sports bras, so there's that. Plus I have hobbit feet from the constant black nails. It would be nice to look semi respectable in sandals again.

    I love the Walking Dead, but we're cheap and don't get cable so I am so far behind on the show. Have you tried the graphic novels? They're pretty awesome, but definitely darker than the TV series. Which is sayin something, if you've gotten to the end of series three.

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  13. Hmmmm, I'm just now getting back into the gym, but can't exercise my legs with weights. The good thing about being sedentary is that I can go REALLLLLLY long times without washing my hair. But considering my legs look like a tub of cottage cheese, I don't really feel like that makes up for my sitting in a Percocet haze for several weeks and dictating others do things for me from my recliner.

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  14. I'm having the same problems with leftovers. Not because I've stopped running but because I've got a few less in the house for a couple of weeks. Turns out you hardly have to shop when there's only three of you at home. It's unnerving to go for a grocery shop and only fill your trolley up to a third.

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  15. I haven't run since May of last year. At first I thought it was the worst thing ever, but now I'm totally fine. I bought a spin-class style bike and now I can get a great workout in front of the TV! I've decided that this is an upgrade. I've always hated the treadmill so I never got to run with so much entertainment.

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  16. If you haven't seen it yet you absolutely have to find the bit they did on the Wil Wheaton show where they took The Walking Dead and gave it a theme song/intro that explains what the show is about (a la the 70s and 80s sitcoms). Absolutely hysterical they way they edited it.

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  17. I had to give up boxing when I moved to a different city because my new city is smaller and the boxing options are few and inconveniently located. The benefit of that has been the extra layer of fat that is now keeping me warm because it's colder here.

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  18. If I had to give up running, I'd surely drink more. I spend most Friday nights looking at my husband with his drink in his hand like I'm a dog begging for food. And then when I get up early to run, I hate him for being able to sleep in. So definitely more drinking and sleeping.

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  19. I had to quit rowing when I moved. Getting to sleep in and no more bloody gouges on my calves were the big bonus points.

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