Hump Day Giveaway: Sexy Sandals Aren’t Always Cruel Shoes

Cruel Shoes: One of my favorite books as a teen, but I'm not a fan of painful footwear

One major drag about getting plantar fasciitis at the start of the summer: trying to find shoes that are kind to my feet yet don’t make me look like a capital-L Loser. It’s sortof easy in Portland for three reasons: a) it’s barely cracking 65 degrees here most days; b) I work from home so only the UPS delivery guy sees my footwear; c) it’s, uh, Portland. Yet now I’m headed to Connecticut for a month (with the kids to visit my folks) where it’s hot and folks pay attention to things like trends.

Thus it was divine providence (a.k.a. Twitter) that brought me one solution. A pal—Julie Anderson of Chubby Mommy Running Club—read of my PF angst, and she suggested I try Oh! Shoes, a brand of sexy, gorgeous shoes that somehow manage to be healthy for your feet. (Okay, maybe not American Podiatric Medicine Association healthy, but pretty dang close…) A few highlights: The specially designed heel absorbs shock, and the patented footbed works like an orthotic to support the foot. And the toe area isn’t elfishly pointy.

Oh, yeah!

The company hooked me up with a pair of hot-momma sandals that are, gee, what a shocker, higher than I typically wear. I’m not afraid of rising above six feet; I just don’t live an up-on-heels kind of lifestyle. (Like I said, Portland…) But while I’m visiting my fam, I will be heading into NYC a few times and, gee, I hear New Yorkers kinda pay attention to fashion. Thanks to Oh! Shoes, I can walk the city sidewalks being kind to my PF and looking stylish.

Oh! Shoes has generously offered us a pair sandals—winner’s choice!--for one lucky lady chosen at random from those of  you who tell us a coping strategy for being sidelined from running. Your reason doesn't have to be earthshattering--just empathetic (a vital trait of RLAMers). Can’t wait to see if you win a pair? Get 20% off a pair using the promo code JulieJulie20 on the Oh! Shoes website.


p.s. the random winner of the a pair of the Newton Momentum, an all-terrain shoe is...

Jodie: I don’t mess with things unless they are broken. In other words I don’t need the newest things unless I am having a problem with what I currently have. I don’t get a new cell phone until I break or lose the one I have. I don’t get new running shoes until I wear out my current ones.

Please email us at runmother at gmail dot com to redeem your prize.

213 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: Sexy Sandals Aren’t Always Cruel Shoes

  1. Like what most people have said, cross training becomes my buzz word for exercise when I’ve been injured. But I also know there is a time/season for everything, so I also rest and regroup during down time.

  2. When I’m not able to run, which thankfully has only been a few times for minimal injuries, I will concentrate on strength training at the gym. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but makes me stronger in the long run.

  3. Truthfully the answer is sulk and wallow in my own pity party. When that gets old and my husband and daughter have had enough-I refocus on stretching, PT exercises and weight training. I’m also getting on my bike more and paying attention to the activities that seem to irritate my tendons (and stopping before it becomes a major issue again).

  4. I am not a runner (yet!) but if I am sidelined from some of my favorite activities, which I usually am because I am so busy with my kids, I make sure to schedule time over the weekends or later in the evenings

  5. I have been super lucky to never have been sidelined from running. I do that on my own. ::blushing:: When I can’t run for life reasons, I try to play soccer with my daughters in the yard, actually PLAY with them on the playground (tag, hide-n-seek, etc) and clean like a mother. My house, my girls and my morale get the boosts they need. Not as much as a freaking awesome run, but it’ll do…

  6. These are so cute! When I can’t run, I cope by sleeping extra, during all the time I would have been running. I’m not hardcore lately, but it works for me 🙂

  7. The only time I have been sidelined from running was after my second child. He was not well his first year of life & between not sleeping & anxiety & work I just couldn’t find the energy to run. It was not a pretty site! As he got older & better I went back to my jogging stroller & we went running. Sometimes only once or twice a week but it was a start & allowed me to slowly love running again.

  8. Coping strategy? Mostly I’m just grouchy. I try to enjoy sleeping in and tell myself my body needed the rest anyway. I like to think I’ll take the opportunity to try out some other forms of exercise, but really it doesn’t usually work. I also take long (LONG!) walks with my dog.

  9. Swimming is probably my favorite way to keep active when I can’t run. Another way I like to “cope” quite nicely is by sleeping in before work and settling in with a good book and a large glass of wine after work.

  10. If I am sidelined, I just have to do something else. Cycling, hard on the trainer, and vinyasa yoga are my favorites, because both are pretty comparible to a run on effort level. If all else fails, I’ll do lots of walking.

  11. I lift weights more when I am sidelined (I enjoy that almost as much as running!) and usually hit up the elliptical or spin bike, although I hate to do cardio at the gym (but hey I’ll do whatever it takes so that I can get back to running again!)!

  12. Luckily so far, I ‘ve only had to deal with a 2 week break. I went with icing and resting and some cross-training on the bike.

  13. When I experienced 2 stress fractures in 6 months, I hit the pool. And swam like Nemo. I don’t consider myself a swimmer but I got my rearend in that pool and just tried my best.

  14. I’ve only started back running again ( took a 20 year hiatus) in the last year and have had many little injuries. I always just try to do some other physical activity, focusing on the positive quote by John Wooden, “Don’t let what you can’t do, interfere with what you can do!” I especially like a workout on the elliptical using the aerobic mode. Thanks for the chance to win these very cute sandals!

  15. I reserve the time that I usually spend each day running as me time. So even if I am not running, I am still doing something for myself, whether it be another form of exercise, yoga, or reading.

  16. Last summer, when I was sidelined from running due to tendonitis in the top of my foot, I still went to the track with my 2 friends and cheered them on from the sidelines as they did their speedwork. It still allowed me to chat with my running buddies and still feel like I was a “part” of running, even though I wasn’t physically doing it myself!

  17. Sleep…eat ice cream…repeat. Ok, so I’m only partly kidding there because I’m totally guilty of it. I try to stay semi-active or I feel like a sloth…a bump on the couch. And I start snapping at people. It’s not pretty. So yeah, try to stay active and enjoy extra sleep and extra time with the kidlets!

  18. I just started PT for my first “injury” today (IT band issues). Have to cut my running in half, but it’s motivated me to finally get out an old bike, fix it up, and take my 3YO DD for a ride! I’m looking forward to having another activity that I can share with her while I take time to stretch and heal.

  19. Elliptical, elliptical and more elliptical when I was sidelined with knee and hip pain while training for a half. I also just try to do more walks with the kids and work in some strength training.

  20. I usually try to mow the lawn or do lots of loads of laundry, walk to get lunch, take my boys on a walk/bike ride … I can turn anything into a “workout.” If it takes at least 15 minutes and I get somewhat sweaty (which isn’t hard considering I’m sort of always sweating) then it counts as a workout and that makes me less crazy about not doing a “real workout.”

  21. My solace for not running (week 7 of achilles tendon tear recovery) is riding the stationery bike and strength training. I do not get the same “high” that I get from running but I feel like I am getting myself better physically fit for when I can resume running. I cried at my 6 week check up when some new tendonitis translated into 2 more weeks in “the boot”. I look forward to wearing matching shoes again. The good news is I will have to wear a “elevated heeled” shoe on my injured foot for a few weeks after the boot comes off, so these sandals would be awesome!

  22. There are some major obstacles to overcome when faced with the dreaded Doc’s orders…if you use it you will break it…I am almost at the end of my 6 week hiatus because of tendonitis in my ankle. At first you feel lke a warrior when running through the pain and then you compare that feeling of things hurting all the time to feeling whole again now that you have been a warrior for your body and listened to it (and your Doc) and taken the time off. We are smart women and know there are other fitness options out there for us, weights, swimming, riding, the horizontal limbo…to name a few of my favorites, so my daily mantra has been “Be a champion for your body and listen to it”…I said that to myself daily and it always put me in the right frame of mind to mend myself.

  23. Hmm…I probably don’t have anything that somebody else hasn’t already said…but when I can’t run – I use the time to read, catch up on facebook, chat with friends etc. And then to still feel like I am getting some exercise I try to swim, or bike (depending on the injury and what I can do).

    Best medicine – swimming in the ocean, reading a book on the beach, and hanging with girl friends – it ‘ticks’ all of the boxes!

  24. I go to the gym & kickbox (which includes strength training) or take Zumba when I can’t run. I basically just try to keep up my fitness, so that when I can run again I’m still in shape.

  25. I hate it when I can’t run! But I have found alternatives: I use my road bike (either on the road or hooked up to a spin wheel); I kickbox; I keep up the strength training. Nothing beats being out on the roads in my sneakers, but I cope better now than I did when running was (almost) my sole fitness routine. Come to think of it, I have not really been seriously injured since I added regular cross- and strength training to my routine…

  26. I move to another sport – rock, climbing, gymnastics, flying trapeze, pole dancing, yoga and/or crossfit and try to avoid looking at the runners I see while I’m driving (it makes me crazy how whenever I’m injured I see runners everywhere and I just can’t help but feel a bit sad).

  27. I have been sidelined too so have been going to the gym and lifting weights. Hiking and bike riding on the weekends to keep myself sane. And, I’ve been buying cute flat shoes! Love the thought of comfy and cute sandals. The perfect combination to make me and the dr happy!

  28. Finding joy in other exercise like swimming, biking, or just plain walking nice and slow. Enjoy the small moments.

  29. The only two times I’ve been sidelined is while I’ve been pregnant, and then I felt too miserable to enjoy the “extra” time. Now, I think I’d spend more time cross-training or else just reading and knitting.

  30. Nothing is the same as running, but when sidelined any type of physical activity is good. Even gardening on a hot day can helps me work sweat and feel good about moving.

  31. Best advice about taking time off that I’ve been given lately: We are NOT runners – we are people who run. Helps keep life in perspective when we need to take some time off for injury or to pay a little more attention to the little ones at our knees.

  32. I would pretty much do any form of exercise that didn’t bother whatever problem I had. Great time to learn something new or get back into something you used to love, maybe yoga? Just keep moving without injuring yourself more!

  33. I am hopefully coming off of a PF injury break, and while I didn’t exercise as much as I should have, I did rediscover a love for spinning! I have decided that while running is my first love, I am going to incorporate spinning into my crosstraining now! So while I certainly wallowed in pity for a bit, I also rediscovered another fun exercise to do! Hopefully I can now do both for a while. Those sandals look awesome BTW!

  34. I agree that “listening” is the key and that rest is needed for recovery, but I have found that wine also helps in coping with injury 🙂 Just a glass or two for me seems to be the best muscle relaxant…the more I think about an injury, the worse it seems to get. So take a night off and try a glass of red. I personally think it is better for your body than some of the things on the drugstore shelves today!

  35. I’m running my FIRST marathon on Saturday and I got injured about two weeks ago. It started out being miserable dealing with the mind games that come with being injured. In the end, I decided that I would just do what I could to keep myself going and that I’d attempt to run the marathon no matter what. I’ve been going to PT and have done some bike riding to try and keep up the cardio. But I’ve also just been letting myself rest and mentally prepare for the race.

  36. Pout. Eat. Pray. Whine. Repeat. Then, when I’m fed up with that, find another something to occupy myself until I can become superwoman again!

  37. Massage and yoga are two of my fave things! When I cannot do cardio, I try to add more yoga so that I can work on the strengthening poses and the flexibility. And any time is the right time for a good massage.

  38. What? Sandals that are sexy but don’t hobble me? Sign me up! I have been on a quest for this type of shoe for years…

  39. When sidelined, I cross train-elliptical, strength training and walk if I can. It’s always so sweet to get back to it, but I believe in “listening” to my body!!

  40. I try to spend some time organizing closets, cleaning the wood blinds, clearing cabinets, etc.., the stuff I usually put off because I would rather be running.

  41. had plantar fasciitis left foot painful, I’m a O.R. nurse ,so on feet all the time. its almost resolved, podiatrist suggested stopping running, I just laughed, cut way back on amount and distance, ran my first 5k in April, finished 2 min. faster than my training time . the answer is crocs, I love mine. helps the pain, supportive, not sexy . the ups man might like the look.

  42. I just try to do other things like swimming and Pilates. Also, I make sure that I get some time to myself to do other things that I run out of time for when I am training- like catching up on organizing my pictures or reading good books.

  43. If I am sidelined from running I try to get outside as much as possible swimming at the beach, walking, biking, hiking because one of the things I love about running is being outside.

  44. I have only had a few days here and there and then a couple weeks and I was BLUE. You people give me hope, since it is inevitable that the time will come when I have to take off more. I did x-country ski in the winter to help the few days off then. That helped alot. Plus more time with family is healthy too. But this girl needs the run and brain filtering that comes with it.

  45. I recently followed through the 5 stages of grief when dealing with injuries that kept me sidelined from running. 1. Denial – trying to run anyway…that wasn’t smart as it made my ITB scream in horror! 2. Anger – I was not only mad at myself for getting injured (gotta blame someone, right?) but angry at everyone around me because I didn’t have my run therapy to calm me. 3. Bargaining – prayers not answered in this case. 4. Depression – still not sure what was consumed in higher quantity – chocolate or wine. 5. Acceptance – maybe my body WAS trying to tell me something. After finally listing all the things I still COULD do, I was out swimming, biking, and doing yoga as much as humanly possible.

    My injury was recent and not as long-lived as I know many injuries can be so I consider myself lucky. I was shocked that I took the injury so hard, considering I’m a relatively new runner, but it has come to be such an important part of my life in a short period of time, so I realized grieving is OK….much like losing a friend or relative, running is a significant part of all of our lives.

  46. I now have PF in BOTH feet! I want these shoes! I swim because I dig the weightless effects, plus I can stretch in ways I can’t while land locked. I do yoga too, but nothing says accomplishment like a good sweaty run!

  47. The best thing I have done while injured is mentor a new runner. Even though I couldn’t run with her, I could check in and give her encouragement without the distraction of my own running. Plus, I could vicariously live (run) through her for a little while!

  48. Hi girls. Due to many different injuries  I have had to limit my running…umm for the past year. Believe it or not all the cross training turned me back about 20 years. Beating my high school times. I am happiest when I run but to get over. ……… (I actually get jealous of people who get to run daily pain free)…….

    …………So my cure,,,, I joined a gym and have a “tribe” I take classes with and it makes this mother so happy. The music, the giggles helps so much ….(even when I look out the window and see a runner go by!)

    Ohhhh those shoes are calling my name!!!!  

    Ps alot of people are telling me how wonderful wedges are for your back and I am dying to try.  Other than suffering PF. I also have sciatica issues. Ouchie

  49. Swimming is great to keep up the cardio but to indulge myself: massage, slow flow yoga, and reading running books.

  50. I was so excited for my first 5k and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot. I trained through it and ran another 5k 3 weeks later.

  51. I try to find something new to do. For me it was swimming laps. It made me realize how unfussy running is compared to bathing suits, goggles and no iPod!

  52. during a break I try to focus on the positive and work on other parts of my well being….pilates and yoga for sure!!

  53. To deal with a nasty of PF…I did the only thing that I could, sat outside with my foot resting on a frozen bottle of water and watched my kids run around and play….and make a pact with myself that when I got over this, I would definitely stretch more and never wear cheap flip flops again, and as a wise runner once told me “listen to the whispers before they become screams”

  54. When I had to take 2 months off for an injury, I started yoga and did some strength training. I also took a lot more walks with the dogs which they certainly enjoyed!

  55. Soooo sorry for your injury. Thankfully (knock on wood) I have not been injured for a very long time but I know I would need to replace running with other exercise- yoga, bike, swim.
    I hope you have a quick recovery!

  56. constantly fighting PL…stretching a lot after every run & trying not to do too much extra…friday is my 3rd run of week 5 c25k…stretch, stretch, stretch…& I wear my Earth sandals as much as possible!

  57. I am battling PF too, grr. I try to cross train to maintain fitness (row, swim, & spin class). It was refreshing at first to do other things, but of course its not the same. So I also read some inspirational sports books. The book I liked best, behind the great Run Like a Mother :), was Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong.

  58. To be perfectly honest, I have been having a hard time coping with my recent onset of plantar fasciitis.

    I’ve been sidelined since May 5th when I ran my best 10 mile race ever and immediately started limping as I crossed the finish line. I’ve been eating and drinking crap, ignoring your blog, and watching my fitness level disappear. Waaah!

    But just recently decided I had enough of the self pity and am trying to get back into a fitness routine that does not involve pounding my feet on the concrete. The podiatrist I saw was helpful but I am also heading in to a wellness center to meet with a chiropractor, massage therapist, and nutritionist. I love running, as anyone here can related to, and I will do everything I can to get back out there, even if it means not running for an extended period (and missing my first half marathon in Oct).

  59. When I get sidelined I try to force on core strengthening and add some fun stuff in like immersing myself in a book or scrapbooking.

  60. When I need to take an unwelcome break from running, I spend it obsessing about running LOL! I read about it, look at my running journal, plan future races, etc.

  61. When I hurt my hammie, I took some time off from running, which was tough, but I tried to do a couple if other things that I hadn’t tried before. I checked out the Jillian michaels yoga DVD and focused on stretching so it wouldn’t happen again.

  62. Talk about timing… I’m currently side-lined with a hamstring injury that has haunted me on & off for over 10 years now. Since I’ve been running over 30 years, anyone who knows me can tell you how passionate (some may say addicted) I am regarding running. It has become a huge part of who I am & how I deal with life’s small & large struggles and blessings. So, when I’m unable to run, my daily life is greatly altered.

    In order to remain sane, I make sure to ‘work out’ each day. Today was spin class, a great cardio alternative to running. Yesterday was pool running and yoga. Tomorrow’s challenge will be boot camp and stretching along with a physical therapy session in the evening. Breaking a sweat is vital for me. Being injured challenges me to be creative in how I accomplish this task, since I can’t just lace up my shoes & run down the road.

    Also, most of my close friends are those I share miles with each day. In order to stay connected with them I set coffee or workout dates with them. That way I don’t feel isolated from those I enjoy sharing time with the most.

    Best wishes to you for a speedy & complete recovery! Hopefully we will both be back on the road very soon.

  63. I try to fill the time I would have been running with some other physical activity…luckily I live in FL and can take advantage of great weather year round to bike or swim. Currently though my favorite alternative is yoga…9 hours last week!

  64. Is it wrong to possibly enjoy this time off a bit? I try to focus on those cross-training workouts that otherwise don’t happen often enough and follow instructions to roll, stretch, and do the odd squats that the PT person swears will help. I also partake of the chocolate several people have mentioned already!!

  65. I am actually sitting on the sidelines right now with a knee injury. It happened 2 days before we were to leave for a 9 day family vacation. Because of the injury I was able to spend a whole lot more time doing things with the family and actually relaxing on my vacation. I didn’t have to worry about getting up early to go run or hit the gym. As much as I hated it at the time, now that we are home I realize how great it was.

  66. I too am sidelined due to pf and have to miss the first Vancouver USA half marathon this weekend. It has been heartwrenching because this is the second race I’ve had to pass up. The first several weeks I was depressed and I didn’t do anything but eat. When I realized how out of hand things were getting I decided to do things differently! I began running in the pool, ab work and eating healthy again. I am a volunteer for the race this weekend so atleast I still get to be a part of it and I can encourage others. I am now feeling more positive and looking forward to the day when I will be running again!

  67. It’s so hard to “lose” what we love so much…our me time and our stress relief, so I think it’s key to keep that me time and find something that can also relieve your stress. If you can still do some sort of physical activity, that might be it. But it can also be something like trying out those recipes you haven’t had time to try (a favorite therapy for me) or reading (something I rarely have time to do) or gardening (ok, that one…I don’t do…ever…but it might work for someone). It’s all about substitution.

  68. During my first ever running injury, a super fun bout of plantar fasciitis, I first ignored (bad idea), then wallowed (worse idea?), then tried nearly everything I could to fix it! Orthotics, a stretching routine, an aid strap, frozen water bottle, etc. I have thrown out all of my $2 flips, resigning myself to only wear shoes that help my feet.

  69. Thank goodness I have only been sidelined for short periods of time (Watch, I am going to jinx myself now!) But when I have been sidelined for ITB or foot pain, I try to do other things, ARC trainer, biking ….and try wicked hard not to eat like I was still running and then some!

  70. I cry a lot and drink a lot of wine. Then I cry some more. Oh, and yell at my running shoes as they remain stationary in the shoe basket by my front door.

    Okay, just kidding (at least about yelling at my shoes, because that would be CRAZY!) I had hamstring tendonitis after a Disney marathon, and after I cried and drank wine I started working on strength, core, and swimming. I was not a happy runner, because as every runner knows there is just nothing like a good run; but, I did get stronger in different ways, and I have continued weight training and core training since!

  71. As a new runner, I don’t have any coping strategies. But I must say, I can totally empathize, I’m dreading a couple of very minor outpatient surgeries as I know they’re going to get in my way. I’m checking back these comments, because I’m going to need them come this fall!

  72. I have been sidelined only 3 times in 7 years, but never due to injury. Twice after I lost our 2 beloved babies during pregnancy and once for 2 months when sentenced to bedrest during another rocky pregnancy. For me, coping was very easy. It was all about perspective; I knew I’d run again so I just read a lot and waited. Sure I’d love to run, but I would have given anything and everything I had to have those babies, I would have given up running if it would have saved them. Not trying to get all preachy, because running is important to me but just not the be all, end all in my life.

  73. Last year I was sidelined with a calf injury for several weeks while training for my 1/2 marathon. Boy, it drove me crazy! (I wish I had had this resource at the time, it would have helped)
    I cycled on my husband’s trainer (oww my bumm!) and aqua jogged (ruining my ipod due to a faulty otter box). Mostly I cursed myself for wishing I was faster when I was healthy. I would have given ANYTHING to be that slow runner again 🙂
    In the words of my pilates instructor: We need to thank our bodies for all they do for us. We are very fortunate to be able to move in all the ways that we do.

  74. I’m sitting and enjoying breastfeeding my baby, thinking someday, when my boobs are smaller, i will run again.

  75. When sidelined I think you’ve got to find a way to get your heart pumping. So, whatever does that for you. Around here we’ve got some good hills, so I’ve been out on my bike.

    I also make sure to get together with my running partner for tea or walks or whatever, even if we can’t run. I find that I miss out on the natural support system I’ve got built in for our runs as much as the runs themselves when I’m sidelined, and so it is vital to work that in!

    1. Oh, and I was just in NYC and no one seemed to care about my shoes — wear what is comfortable and be good to your feet if you are walking lots. Plus, you really don’t want to step in NYC puddles in open-toed shoes anyway.

  76. Drink heavily. I kid. I try to fit in other activities but more importantly I sleep in a little bit instead of waking up before dawn to run. I can stay up later and hang with my hubby. The extra sleep and change in schedule is a good distraction. And who can’t use extra sleep?

  77. Oh, also, what about yoga? That’s something I always think I should be doing more of but I never choose it over running if I have the choice. I bet downward dog is great for PF?

  78. First, I wallow in self pity, followed by an enormous amount of chocolate followed by a what do I need to do to fix this problem angst followed by giving in and letting my body rest and rehab. There’s some dieting somewhere in there too (see chocolate section).

  79. If I’m sidelined, I try to focus my attention (if I can) on another sport I’d like to improve at but don’t normally have time for. Like swimming. I sprained my wrist a month ago (not healing–GRR!), so I haven’t been swimming lately, but I’ve really been throwing myself into running since I can’t ride a bike either (hurts to grip).

    Additionally, I think it’s a great idea to treat yourself to things that make you feel relaxed and pampered–a pedicure maybe?

    Hopefully it won’t be long until your injury is a distant memory! 🙂

  80. Great question…. As of yesterday I have my very first running injury. I have to figure out how to cope because I am already driving my kids and my husband crazy. I was planning on running my third half in the past few months this coming Saturday – that won’t be happening now. I am disappointed and feeling a little depressed. My goal was to qualify for the Half Fanatics. I have already found another half that will work if I can heal by then. I have this to focus on so hopefully that will help me to retain my sanity!

  81. I swim. And because I hate swimming I become very motivated with the whole rehab process just so I can get the heck out of the pool and back on solid, rocky, muddy ground. I even go so far as going back and forth between the hot tub and the icy cold pool. Silly! … But it works.

  82. I’m currently sidelined. Just had my gallbladder removed. I’m using this time to plan my return attack on fitness! I’m meal planning, and planning out my workouts for when I get back to it. Plan, plan, plan. That’s how I’m getting through it.

  83. Having just been sidelined for 3 weeks due to an eye injury this question is close to my heart. My biggest strategy is to have a P L A N. I always have a training plan when I’m running, so even when I’m sidelined I have a plan so I don’t wallow. If I can swim and bike I create a training schedule to do those sports. If I can’t do anything (as was the case the last 3 weeks) I make a list of all the stuff I can do now that I don’t have to fit exercise into my schedule. I put photos in photo albums, organized my desk, baked with the kids. I got to cross a lot of things off my “to do” list and before I knew it, I was back running again.

  84. Knock on wood, I have only had to slightly taper off my running after running the grueling hilly Sound to Narrows this past Saturday. Taking Sunday off, and running on Monday only 2 miles into, my calves tightened up and I was done. Tuesday I was able to get three miles in and today 4, working my way back up, I feel like I am having to start all over from day one again. Not to mention since I had to dope myself up with Immodium prior to the S2N, it is now coming back to haunt me about every 2 miles I get in. Tomorrow’s goal is 5 miles!

  85. How I cope, I cross train with Wii fitness programs. It’s fun to play along with my daughter and I come away with GREAT abs! It’s neat to focus on another body part for awhile.

  86. I had pf a few years ago and KNEW I needed to stop running but it’s my therapy, me-time and a necessity in my house. I got pregnant, sick for all 9 months–I could barely walk to the post office. I fell asleep on the hardwood kitchen floor regularly. So I am not advocating pregnancy for a cure, but it helped me not work out and nit be nuts. SBS, I head to CT for a month in August and am always dismayed just how unfashionable I am. Sigh.

  87. Since I haven’t been running that long I really haven’t been sidelined for an injury but I have been by my children and their crazy schedule! I get so busy I just have to enjoy the time I can sleep!

  88. I pour my energy into the cross training activities I love: yoga, spinning, kickboxing, and work on self care (massage and acupuncture). I never am good at the whole resting thing.

  89. When I was sidelined pre-Boston with a strained Achilles, first I bought out my nearest Lululemon store, then I took the plunge into pool running. Pool running the equivalent of 20 miles is so outrageous it’s badass.

  90. I try to do another form of cardio hard enough to make me sweat and pretend it is as good as running (it never is). Occasionally I do just totally slugbug it and do nothing…but it doesn’t usually last long!

  91. Complain. .does that count as a coping strategy? 🙂 I just try to do other things. . and hope it gets better fast!

  92. When I sprained my ankle this winter, I took a swimming class at my gym. I also went to some spinning classes. I’m looking forward to my first tri in August.

  93. I survived by doing spin classes several days a week. And once a week I would do a spin class followed by 30-45 minutes on the eliptical to “replace” my long run. It definitely was not the same, but kept me well conditioned. It felt so good to be able to run again!!!

  94. Hi Sarah, I’m so glad you like the shoes! I’m itching to try the sandals, but still having fun with the pink heels! Have a great vacation and knock ’em dead in NYC with your hot momma style!

  95. Training for my first marathon was physically demanding and I wound up seeing an Orthopedic doctor, having physical therapy, and eventually getting a cortisone injection in my knee. I was determined to finish the training and run the marathon. I accomplished my goal but was told to take time off to let my ITB and left knee heal. In the meantime, I immersed myself into yoga and core strengthening exercises sprinkled with a little bit of biking. It was a nice change of pace from focusing so much attention on running. I also started reading more, which helped me take the time my body needed to recover and it shifted my focus to something with far less impact on my joints! 😉

  96. i have been sidelined many times because of my knees. cross training definitely helps to get a work out in, but certainly can’t replace that runner’s high. one thing that has helped me ease back into running after knee pain is warm up with a good walk, and take it slowly. really slowly. and the minute i start to feel pain, i walk again. eventually i can build up some strength to increase speed and distance. injury is really a big fear of mine and i am constantly evaluating my form, shoes, cross-training, and stretching in order to prevent it.

  97. I walk and bike as much as possible instead of driving and think about hitting the gym to cross train but usually end up hanging out at home or doing something outside instead….those shoes are super cute!

  98. Become very proactive! Regular chiropractor visits are a must. Deep tissue massages weekly. Ice, Ice and more ice. My foam roller and I become best friends. Epson salt baths. Whatever I can do to speed up the recovery processes I do. Oh yes, and when I had my hamstring issue I lived in my compression tights!

  99. I try to do more yoga and stretching. Usually, if I’d been doing these things along with running, I wouldn’t have ended up sidelined in the first place!

  100. Just because we are runners, doesn’t mean we don’t like hot shoes! I agree, Born is awesome, so are Privo by Clarks and my newest faves are my Merrell barefoots. Casual, not fun like these! 🙂

  101. Well, you know my story. I’m no fun when I can’t be active, so I picked up the bike and have been riding and racing ever since. Cycling is a worthy alternative to running, although a lot more pricey. However, once a runner, always a runner and I’m really glad to be back on the road in my running shoes. I’m also enjoying fun shoes again too… nice to finally be able to break out the cute stuff instead of looking like I work in a hospital. (By the way, I discovered that Born shoes are good for us gimps – and cute too).
    Have fun in CT!

  102. When I can’t run (I was sidelined two years ago for a heel strain after a triathlon) I throw myself into strength training. My body loves to be challenged, so if I can’t do it one way, I find another. Plus, strengthening my muscles will help prevent certain injuries in the future, reducing my risk of being sidelined again.

  103. I haven’t really dealt with any injuries since I incorporated strength training, but I did neglect to give myself a few days off after my last 1/2 marathon, and it caught up with about mid-way through the week. I completely bonked and gave myself the next few days off. A few days of rest, eating whatever sounded good, and I was back to normal in time for the following weekend’s (slightly abbreviated) long run.

  104. I usually turn to some of the crazy workout DVD’s, such as P90X or Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. I need something challenging, that will make me sweat and make me feel like I’m raising my heart rate, as running does. I’ll have to admit, I’m still a bit mopey when I can’t run, though 🙂

  105. Read about races, running, and plan the comeback. Reread the injury chapter in RLAM the Book. Plus core, core, core. And whatever else my gimpy self can manage!

  106. I usually start a new obsession: yoga or pilates. And I learn to eat a little less. And things are okay. You have to be gentle on yourself. It’s going to be okay. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not even a blip, you know? We have so much to be thankful for….take the weeks off running and enjoy those weeks, don’t feel guilty for a moment. Find other ways to move that you enjoy. You can get through this!

  107. I try other things like swimming or spin something that I will still get my “high” and keep my fitness. Good luck SBS! Fingers crossed for quick healing.

  108. I’m a runner who only runs 2-3 times per week, so I have a lot of cross training in my schedule. If I need to stop running for a bit to let my ITB heal, I just fill in those days with cross training. Some level of fitness (almost) daily is key to my sanity, even a 20 minute walk will do….

  109. i so need these! I have PF and other foot issues from wearing heels in my younger days. I would really like a pair of dressy shoes that actually look trendy and not like the ortho old lady shoes i usually wear! Ha, not really, but am tired of flat shoes, would like a little height now and then. When i am sidelined from running, i just cry and eat some ice cream, then get mad cuz i want more ice cream. I dont cope very well, but i try to get some exercize with biking, lifting weights and yoga. None of those give me the “high” i get from running. I would really love to know if anyone that does get that great feeling from another sport/exercize.

  110. I pick another type of exercise and try to master it. I can’t say I’ve completely mastered a lot, but I’ve tried yoga, pilates, swimming, boot camp, and spinning to name a few.

  111. Coping skills – I mentally curse every runner I see right now as I’m suffering from PF also. Seriously I am still running – real slow like 12 min miles, or is that jogging. It’s real difficult to follow doctor’s advise but am trying, would love those shoes

  112. Chocolate – unfortunately! How can this be good to eat when I’m not exercising due to running injury?!?!?!!!! But, it makes me feel better, for a minute 😉

  113. When I’m sidelined, I try not to dwell to much on being sidelined and think about getting back into running. When I rolled my ankle last year, I spent lots of time on iTunes, putting together some new mixes for my workouts. I even spent time making a mixes just the right length for running different length races: 5K, 10K, and half-marathons.

  114. I coped by cross training on a bike and elliptical at the gym. At home I coped by having a few extra nights of icing the leg with a glass of wine! I still attended the race I was supposed to be in to cheer on my brother though! It made me realize that I wasn’t ready to give up and to let myself heal for the next one!

  115. I try to treat myself to other kinds of relaxation–a good book, a movie. Otherwise, I turn to snacking to get a quick feel-good fix, which is not good for my health at all.

  116. Ok, I admit I don’t “c0pe” well, I usually moan, complain and give runners I see out on the road dirty looks while sidelined. (Jealousy is an ugly thing, isn’t it?!) However, during my down time I try to spend more time on my bike and weight training, though it usually means more time with laundry and on the computer!

  117. Coping is SO mental for me but it really takes a doctor to make it sink in. Once the sidelining begins, I faind ways to spend my time I would usually be running and do things I never have time for… sitting at a coffee shop on a weekend morning, spending RELAXED time with family without the cloud of guilt hanging over me telling me I “need” to work out. Cute shoes sounds like the best way to be sidelined.

  118. I let myself have a goos cry at first so I can let my frustrations out (I know – big baby needs to have a pity party)! But then I figure out what other things (elliptical, biking, weights, P90x) I can do to keep myself active so that when I can start running, I don’t feel like I am starting from scratch!

  119. I cope with being on the sidelines due to injury by actually being on the sidelines. That is my opportunity to stand on the side and cheer on my friends and family that are running. Something I don’t get to do a lot when we run together.

  120. When I can’t run (waaahhhh!) I hit the spin bike. Or the elliptical. I also walk, a lot, and try to work in as many challenging hills as I can while walking.

  121. 3 weeks before my first marathon, I found out that I had a stress fracture in my femur. Stress fracture = no marathon. I was crushed. I cried. I had to bring my husband with me to the doctor so someone else would hear the words “no running” so I wouldn’t try to run the marathon anyways – not that I would have got very far! The best TLC for me, good for my soul therapy, make me smile, laugh, cry and cheer moment was showing up for the race anyways! It was hard, but once I showed up on the sidelines I was so glad I was there. I was able to celebrate my training victories, and I cheered on every single runner that competed in the marathon that day! It gave me closure and it gave me even more motivation to try again!

  122. Cross train. cross train and then when I am done, cross train. Its not the same. Nope-not even close BUT it keeps your fitness up, releases some endorphins and helps when you OD on your kids Goldfish crackers. I also would save up all my non-running angst so that when I could run again, I would remember what a blessing and an honor it is to have the ability to run. Its way to easy to take it for granted until you are grounded.

  123. I like to take that time to recharge. I think that not being able to run is a great motivator for when I can get back out there. You don’t really appreciate it till it’s gone sorta thing.

  124. I don’t cope very well with time off running. I depend on running for weight control and as a mood-lifter. However I have had several injuries to deal with. This winter ( having no access to a gym) I threw myself into cross-training with my cardio & strength training dvds. My latest injury I’m still recovering from but this time the weather has been nice so I’ve been able to ride my bike for exercise. Only problem with the bike is my kids aren’t old enough to go with me. So that means that exercise is only an option when my husband is home. Looking forward to getting back on the treadmill today& hoping my leg is fully recovered.

  125. I tape, tape, tape and sit with my legs up and order my kids to wait on me. HA! I wish. I usually just take some time off and hope I don’t lose too much of my base.

  126. So much of being sidelined from anything against our will turns into a mental/psychological battle. We need to find other things that will make us happy and take care of our mental health. Guarding against depression, feeling sorry for ourselves and lethargy can’t go on past a day or so! Being forced to find different ways to live and be happy only makes us stronger in the long run.

  127. Personal coping strategy is to realize I WILL run again. For others, just listening and letting them whine really helps.

    (And enjoy your visit to CT! Maybe I’ll be running by you while you’re here!)

  128. I try to do other things like strength training, swimming with the kids, walking the dog. Anything that gets me out or up and moving, without further hurting me. I’m still on my weight loss journey, so I get really twitchy and worried that I’ll gain my weight back if I can’t remain active in some way.

  129. Crosstrain, crosstrain, crosstrain! I have been injured off and on since January (PF, then pinched nerve in neck, then stress fracture). The only thing keeping me sane is the bike and the swim. Also, strength train…probably not so much for PF or stress fracture, but my neck issues were related to weakness in my back. Like others, trying to look at it as a silver lining…getting better at other sports…maybe more Tris are in my future.

  130. I was just having this same problem with my PF the other day, especially since I have to wear custom orthotics now. Since my PT halfway benched me yesterday by limiting me to 2 miles max on any runs and no more than 3 runs per week (!!!) I’m having to find ways to replace what the running does for me. An easy walk with a girlfriend, working in my garden – amazingly killing weeds is VERY satisfying when one is frustrated, reading, and getting foot rubs out of my husband. I also try to do a Jillian Michaels workout video to still get something in. I swear the woman is trying to kill me. The biggest thing is really taking the time off and not pushing yourself.

  131. I try to focus on other ways to stay active that won’t injure me further…usually cycle, yoga and Pilates. And you can’t forget the chocolate…the healing quality of chocolate can’t be underestimated! 🙂

  132. When I can’t run I take the time to recharge. I sleep more, cook things that take longer, take the yoga classes that usually take a backseat to running, reconnect with my non-running pals and catch up on all the books I’ve been meaning to get to.

  133. Yoga and lots of it. Hot, hot yoga. It is the only thing that makes my muscles feel like they are still doing something productive. And then of course I sleep in every morning (at least until the toddler wakes me up!)

  134. I do whatever crosstraining I’m allowed to and try to plan out my next race, even if it’s a year out!! It keeps me from going completely crazy to know I have something on the schedule…as if just having it out there is proof that I WILL recover! 🙂

  135. I try not to go to crazy when I am sidelined… I turn into a obsessed knitter! It helps me keep my hands from grabbing food and stress eating. I also try and take pilates classes, or yoga, so I at least feel like I am stretching.

  136. I’ve only been sidelined once in the 15 months I’ve been running. I had an ankle injury and had planned to bump up the strength training; however, I got sick with upper respiratory issues that did not go away completely until the end of my 5 weeks off. The extra sleep was nice, but it was like completely starting over when I got back. I did deal with calf issues earlier this year, but it only required me to slow down, see a massage therapist, get a foam roller, etc.

  137. Weight training – especially one sided stuff, core work, and my back (so neglected by most people). Think of it as base training – the strength you gain will reap huge benefits when you return to running. I also love the Bike and more specifically The Sufferfest workouts. You’ll be screaming at the TV because of the hurt but the accomplishment you feel at the end is very worth it. Plus, there’s great tunes and fantastic footage to watch all the while. Go for Angels. Other good coping mechanisms can be: crying, whining, snivelling, and/or pouting.

  138. I try to cross train…this means taking my kiddos to the gym with me. Lately I have developed a respect for the bike. I am not ready to take a spin class, but I no longer avoid this machine!

  139. There is no coping mechanism. Being sidelined is hard and it sucks and my family gets nervous if it ever comes to that. But there’s always swimming, and spinning and knowing that since you aren’t running first thing in the morning, you can have the extra glass of wine past 7pm and it won’t matter.

  140. I bike, I swim, I make sandcastles. I find a really good book. Try Cutting for Stone by Verghese. I remind myself that I have my whole life to run, especially it I let myself heal. I’m out of my boot but seem to have acquired a knee thing on my good leg. Oh that darn boot!

  141. I attend to other things such as the “chores” that I have let slip by me. I have some knitting that I have in the closet on the upper shelves. I spend more time with family and friends. I don’t necessarily run but I do walk a lot and I race walk. Right now I am tending to a flare of plantar fasciitis so I am trying to fill me “running-walking” time with other things.

  142. I”m new to running and have yet to be injured *knock on wood*. I did once have some knee pain which kept me on the couch with ice for three or four days. Does that count?

  143. Oof! I almost start to freak out when I think about being sidelined after 19 years of running — but I have had my (largely self-imposed) periods of reduced or absent running. Some of those times I didn’t do well with what would help to cope and just did (GASP) nothing — I don’t recommend that. I felt yucky. I am working really hard to crosstrain now and having those sports (biking, stairmaster, swimming, walking, strength training) fill in has worked in the past and I hope will work in the future.

  144. So far (knock, knock, knock on wood) I have only had some minor twinges. Of course I am terrified of being sidelined (which for me would turn into a lifetime trip-I know myself), so I never did increase my distance/time more than 10% every week. I also stretch like a crazy woman and cross train a little. I think, however, I have the beginnings of achilles tendonitits, so I am icing, dialing back a little on the running, rolling it out and walking a lot instead of running. I think the key is to pay attention to your body amd be able to determine if the twinge you are feeling is “real” or just “grumpy” muscles/tendons. Grumpy can be cheered up with a good run.

  145. Dealing with PF has forced me to focus on activities other than running. I use the elliptical and bike, and I focus on two things that get neglected when I’m in full-on running mode: strength training and yoga. My time on the running sidelines turns out to be a blessing in disguise because, even though I miss running like crazy, I feel like I go back to it even stronger and with renewed energy.

  146. I had PF last year (for an entire year because I refused to stop running) in both feet. It finally went away in January and I think it was because I finally started going to spin class instead since it was so snowy outside. Viola! It went away – and I am hyper about stretching my calves now. So this week my IT band has flared up. It has been 3 days of no running and LOTS of stretching + massaging. I picked up a Sage Rountree yoga DVD from the library yesterday. I am hoping this will help. I NEED this to go away!! So yeah, cross training is the answer. But I don’t like that answer.

  147. I try to do other activities, mainly biking, and catch up on things I’ve been neglecting – like de-junking the office and cleaning the house and maybe sleeping. The hardest part is cutting back on my eating to keep the weight from coming on!

  148. Swimming is my “go to” exercise when I can’t run due to injuries. I’m not a very good swimmer, so this gives me an opportunity to spend time working on my stroke. And because I’m not very good, I expend a lot of energy (read “burning calories”) while I swim!

  149. Injuries are so difficult, especially when the happen while training for an event. What helps me is continuing some sort of regular exercise routine with other activities…swimming, cycling, workout videos even though they aren’t as enjoyable to me.

  150. I really try and think ahead to when I’m better… and concentrating on the fact that you are not the only one who has had that injury before helps a lot too. And remembering that it could be a lot worse!

  151. When I got sidelined with IT band issues, I found a great chiropractor. He helped me immensely! I also gave in to orthotics which have helped, too. But, the biggest thing I did, which I always do when life gets hard, is lean on my support system of frieds and fellow runners.

  152. I try to do other things – swim or bike. Or I just take the time completely off and actually have time to do things in a more leisurely way.

  153. If I am not totally sidelined, I swim. Otherwise I tell myself how lucky I am to be able to do so many other things while I am being kind to my body.

  154. I was sidelined with a knee injury just 3 weeks before my first half marathon. Besides the typical ice, rest, physiotherapy stuff, I busied myself with putting together some fun “team loot bags” for the girls I was running with – a fun T-shirt, hairband, Gu – my own kind of retail therapy! My knee recovered, and the race went off without a hitch (and we all looked great – ha ha!)

  155. One coping strategy I have is cross-training. I’ve been out of running for a week now but have been on my son’s mountain bike three times and been to the pool once. Just don’t stop moving, is my mantra.

  156. The only real major sideline injury I had was sciatica a few year ago, and had to take about 4 months off. I must admit I did not handle it at all well at first. But then I took up swimming which helped a lot, then some upper body weights and gradually, gradually some lower body weights. When I was finally able to run again it took a while to get my fitness back, but it DID come back, it wasn’t the end of the world like I had imagined. So now I try not to sweat injuries too much anymore; things WILL get better, I WILL run again and I can always crosstrain in the meantime.

    Hope your PF heals soon!

  157. When I’m sidelined I focus on swimming and strength training. I also find that I’m able to catch up on my to do list so when I’m ready to run again nothing is holding me back! Plus I have more time with the kids – I think they like when Mommy is injured.

  158. I’ve never been truly sidelined, but knowing myself pretty well, I know that I’d have to stay a part of the running / racing ‘scene’ to cope, and more importantly, come back. If I dropped out totally while injured, I would really really struggle to get back into the habit of running afterward. I would need to stay active with some other form of training and still show up to races to cheer my buddies on to mentally stay a part of the game.

  159. I was sidelined with shin splints for going too fast during my speed intervals when I started training for my 1st long race. It was close to 3 weeks of no running but I used the elliptical and biked as per my brother/coach’s advice. I also kept my eye on the goal… finish my race healthy.

  160. My injuries have been of the “take it easy” for a few days kind, so I cross train with the eliptical and yoga. I also enjoy the few mornings of sleeping in and not getting up at 5:50 to run. 🙂

  161. I’m currently sidelined from running. My coping strategy is situps and lunges…AND sweets and wine!!! 😉

  162. I am also have foot issues, so I am limited to running only once a week (with the aid of taping up my foot). I was totally bummed out about this, but I am trying to make the best of it. I go to the gym and use the Arc trainer and I have started doing weights as a result of having more time.

  163. I have to keep moving, some way or another… Walking around the neighborhood, doing something different at the gym, or finding a way to be so busy at home that I don’t have time to feel bad about missing my favorite runs.

  164. So sorry to hear about your PF. I have been dealing with it on and off for years. I’ve done everything short of having surgery. Thankfully it’s been awhile since I’ve had to deal with it. When I’m sidelined, I try to cross-train as much as possible and not think too much about running. 😉 (and also go to tons of doctors to see if they can do something to magically fix me so I can get running again. I haven’t found the magical doc yet, but when I do, I will let EVERYONE know!)

  165. Fall apart. Seriously. Running has become so much of my therapy for the stresses in life that the few times I’ve had so far without it have been not so good. Got to the point where my family was prolly VERY ready for me to start running again. Will say though that PF was part of what had me discovering yoga. 🙂 Silver lining on every cloud!

  166. I try to work in Pilates regularly. I also am not afraid to take a rest from running when I feel an injury coming on, because I want to run the rest of my life.

  167. I dream about what’s ahead once I’ve recovered. I read runners world, pick a race and plan out my training too. I also switch to yoga for awhile.

  168. Just this last Sunday I woke up and couldn’t hardly turn my head (my first half is this Sunday) went and got a massage, Monday went to get accupuncture (she said I pulled a muscle in my sleep) yes it really can happen! So I’m still trying to figure it out…

  169. I SO sympathize with this whole PF saga, because many years ago I had PF in both feet for a very, very long time. AND I also have arthritis in both feet, which at times flares up. I have been through all the shoe drama and angst, truly. And right now I have bursitis in my hip! So I’m sidelined from running too, SBS. I cope by using my extra time (when I’d normally be running) to relax a little. Because it seems like normally I never have any time for that.

  170. I was sidelined from a lot when I was first diagnosed with Crohns disease. My advise is to still schedule and take the time you would run and do something that fills your soul, like running does. 1/2 of the reason I run is to give me time to be me, not mom, wife or employee. Don’t lose that time while you recover.

  171. After a short pity party, I try to focus on cross-training, whatever I’m “allowed” to do. Right now I’m out for at least 3 months, if not more, with a stress reaction in my hip. It drives me crazy but at least it is unpleasantly hot in Florida in the summer at any hour, so I try to convince myself that aqua jogging and swimming is much more pleasant anyway.

  172. I had PF-like pain last summer after my first run outside in May (after being cooped up on the treadmill all winter). I didn’t do much: foot rolls on a ball was about it. It hurt until we went to the beach in July. There must be magic in the sand at the Outer Banks because I could run when we got home!

  173. When not running due to injury, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I got injured so it wouldn’t happen again. I crossed trained and biked. Swam some. The best was reading about other runners like Pam Reed in the (Extra Mile) and Born to Run. I immersed myself in learning about ultrarunning, although I will never do that, it made getting back to running a 10K a lot easier.

  174. I try to swim during my recovery time. I miss my time in the pool so it is a nice change. I also try to stay on top of my injury needs like PT exercises, stretching, icing…etc.

  175. My worst injury layoff – a few years ago – led me to finally sign up for swimming lessons, which led to completing my first sprint triathlon, so I chose to see it as a blessing in disguise. And last year when I faced 10 weeks of no running due to injury, I threw myself into weight training and biking and swimming, and felt fitter and stronger than ever. Cross-training doesn’t give quite the endorphin rush that running does, but it definitely helps!

  176. Having just come off an injury, I have learned a lot. I had to take off about 8 weeks for back problems. Imade the mistake of not doing other things and am now severely paying for it. It was hard to get back into the running and exercising. If I get sidelined again, I will definitely not wallow in my misery,but take the time to strength train and do other things to keep my motivated.

  177. I take the time to do all the other “projects” needing my attention that otherwise get sidelined: scrapbooking, reading, cleaning . . . sometimes I am amazing what can get done in that hour of “working out”!

  178. The last time I was sidelined it was for a serious, “don’t hurt it or you’ll fracture it” injury. What kept sane was staying active within my new boundaries–and for a few weeks that meant only physical therapy and no-impact exercise. Later I was able to add cycling and the rowing machine. Staying active kept me from getting bitter and kept some of my cardiovascular fitness. I’m also much better about my stretching and core work now.

  179. I have only had one major injury that couched me! So during that time I still did strength training and Functional Fitness. I was working w. my trainer to do things that wouldn’t make me feel totally defeated and still working towards my goal of marathon training. That really helped. I ended up coming back even stronger after the injury because of her guidance! I also took the time to get more massages and a pedicure since my tootsies weren’t getting beat up on a regular basis.

  180. I just try to enjoy the time off as best as I can. Do a bit of cross training, ride the bike, lift weights. Mostly just eat too much chocolate and plan my next race!

  181. When I had to take 6+ weeks off of running last year after my half-marathon (due to a very angry IT Band), I shifted my focus to strength training and Pilates. Even though I did not enjoy the strength training, I kept telling myself that I needed to build a stronger me. And, of course, Pilates helped me focus on connecting my mind and body. While it was not easy to take the time off from running, I did learn that it is important to cross-train and keep the whole body (and mind) strong!

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