Friday, January 20, 2012

The positive side of my running injury

Being injured stinks. There's no way around that. But I am beginning to feel that there has been a lot of good that has come out of the foot problems that have currently sidelined me from running.

  1. Indoor workouts: It was 4 degrees (F) when I got up today to scrape several layers of ice from my car. At least I didn't feel guilty about not getting out for a run today!
  2. More Spin classes: I hit 3 Spin classes this week.  When I was running consistently, the number was usually 0-1 per week. I find that I actually get a more intense workout on the bike than I can with running.  Having an instructor to push me makes a lot of the difference. 
  3. I'm finally making time for strength training: Right now I am enjoying a version of the Miracle Workout.
  4. More socializing: Now that I'm a regular at the gym, people are starting to smile at me and say hi when I come in. I feel like part of a community.
  5. It inspired me to get help: I have been dealing with various minor but annoying health problems, like allergy eye issues. This winter I finally got motivated to deal with them more directly instead of just trying to manage them on my own.
  6. I'm finally getting serious about my food intake: Running allowed me to think I could just burn off extra calories (even though it wasn't really true).  I am getting serious now because I don't have that illusion.
I am waiting for a call from the podiatrist indicating that I have approval from my insurance to get fitted for orthotics. Once that happens, I will probably get back to running 1-2 days  a week, but I definitely want to keep my new healthy habits too.

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