For the love of running

Today was supposed to be my 5k report… instead I’m nursing my ankle and jealously watching other runners pass by the window this weekend.

After a painful ending to Wednesday’s attempt to run, I finally decided to take this ankle seriously and began researching what to expect in the healing process.  I found a helpful article about returning to running after a sprain, and it sounds like it could be up to four weeks of recovery for a mild sprain.  Which mostly likely means no marathon in April.  Of course, it could heal more quickly, but then I still need to come back slowly to make sure my ankle is strong enough and ready for the pounding.

I’m definitely disappointed, but am still hanging onto hope that anything could happen.  For now, I’m taking it one week at a time.  Corey thoughtfully sent me an article on recovering with MICE (movement, ice, compression and elevation) as opposed to only rest, which confirms my plans to continue biking and swimming and weights.

In the meantime, I also got sucked into “Born to Run” which was up next on my nightstand.  Maybe the fact that I’m not currently running has magnified the impact of this book, but I’m completely captivated and am soaking up the stories of the Tarahumara (“Running People”) from the deep canyon wilderness in Mexico.

I especially enjoyed some of the musings about what “it” is that makes a great runner, and how we know it’s within us-

How do you flip the internal switch that changes us all back into the Natural Born Runners we once were?… Remember? Back when you were a kid and you had to be yelled at to slow down?… Half the fun of doing anything was doing it at record pace, making it probably the last time in your life you’d ever be hassled for going too fast.

And again, reflecting on what the American marathoners had a few decades ago:

Back in the 70’s, American marathoners were a lot like the Tarahumara; they were a tribe of isolated outcasts, running for love and relying on raw instinct and crude equipment…Tigers were just a flat sole and laces, with no motion control, no arch support, no heel pad.  The guys…didn’t even know enough to worry about “pronation” and “supination”; that fancy running-store jargon hadn’t even been invented yet.

What I love about this book, besides the incredible stories of the hidden tribe of the Tarahumara, is the inspiration to run for the love of running… trails, pace, distance of our choice, as opposed to our strict running schedules and training plans.  I know my Type A personality thrives on a plan, but I’m already looking forward to my first run back in hopes that I can start fresh and remember to appreciate the simple pleasure of a run.

As I was writing, I realized this fits within the purposeful running series… we run because we can, because we love it, because we are re-claiming our childhood urge to sprint and go and be free.

Run for me this week… and be grateful to be out there! Hope to join you again soon. 🙂

48 thoughts on “For the love of running

  1. I am so sorry. You work so hard and I know how much running means to all of us. I have so much empathy. You are so sensible to rest and recover but that does not make the blow of disappointment any less. In fact that may hurt worse than the ankle. May you recover warp speed. hugs
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    • Thank you, Lisa… you’re so right! I think the disappointment is worse! But we’ll see what happens. Thanks for understanding!

  2. I’m so sorry you’re injured- i COMPLETELY feel your pain. i just had a complete meltdown in our kitchen because i’m frustrated i can’t exercise much. have you given thought to pool running while you recover? it might still allow you to get to the start line of your april race. if nothing else it will help you keep up the fitness you had- especially since it sounds like you’re still spinning and swimming. email me- we can get together for coffee and commiserate. 🙂 Heal soon!!
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    • Thank you so much, Holly! Pool running is a great idea… I’ll have to look into that. I would LOVE to get together and commiserate! 🙂 I’ll send you a message soon!

  3. Loved reading this today and I especially love the quotes from the book. My daughter ran so much today, back and forth, in my bedroom while she sang “I am running, I am running, in Mommy’s room”. It was so super cute! Having a hard time getting a workout in today, but there is still a lot of time. I hope you feel better soon. There is nothing harder for a runner, than being a runner who can’t run. Hang in there, my friend.
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  4. Oh, what a bummer! I hope your recovery is sooner than 4 weeks and your marathon in April can happen. Definitely continue to be active but be gentle to your ankle. I’ve sprained my ankles tons and have been able to bounce back. It will happen, just give it time!

    Born to Run sounds awesome! I’m looking for a March book to read. That might be it!
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    • Thank you, Angela! That’s encouraging! I was holding off on the research b/c I knew I’d find the worse case scenario… hoping this recovery is much quicker than I think, too! And yes- I definitely recommend the book.

  5. Oh no! So sorry about the ankle. I’m holding out hope for rapid healing followed by a successful marathon.
    One of my BFFs in HS was on the cross country team and wore Tigers. Very cool. To think, he never ran after HS and it was I who became the marathoner. Ha!
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  6. Hey girl, sorry to hear about your ankle. 🙁 NO fun. But good for you for being smart here. I tried getting through this book but never finished. My husband LOVED it though and it changed it entire perspective on running. Hope you recover sooon!

    • Thank you! I realize if it doesn’t happen, there will always be marathons to run… but it would be a huge disappointment. Yes- I could see how the book isn’t for everyone, it took me a few chapters to get into it but now I’m hooked!

  7. I *love* Born to Run. Any book that can inspire AND make me laugh out loud….that’s a masterpiece. And continued good work on your patience with your ankle. It will pay off. I’m so glad you can cross-train. Not as much fun as running, but it does take the edge off…..

    (And YES!!! to your comment on my blog about missing out on the quiet time in the house alone. That’s 1.5 hours of me time I missed. I didn’t want to whine about it, but that was definitely a factor in my crankiness about not bringing the key.)
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    • I agree! I’m staying up too late because I don’t want to put it down! Enjoyed my chocolate “break” today– ready for another week??

  8. Bummer that you are laid up! I know how hard it is to want to run but to not be able to! I hope by doing MICE you will be able to recover quickly! Also, I love watching little kids run around, so uninhibited…it DOES make you remember that running is fun!
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    • Thank you! Yes- me, too. Now that we got to playgrounds regularly, I find myself watching the older kids and wondering how many miles they must run every day! 🙂

  9. Bummer! Hope your ankle heals quickly.

    I really enjoyed that book too. I’ve moved to a much more minimalist running shoe, but have found that my feet get a bit beat up on really long runs since I run primarily on pavement…
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    • The pavement thing makes so much sense… too bad there are very few trails around me right now. Thanks for the well wishes for my ankle, I hope so too!

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your ankle continuing to bother you 🙁 I hope it heals up ASAP. One day at a time, hopefully this will turn out to be something short-lived.

    I read half of born to run and then had to return it to the library…but I plan on restarting it at some point, I learned a lot from that book.
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    • Thanks, Katherine! Yes- researching online always leads to the worse-case scenario, so maybe it will be much faster than I think. The book took me a while to get into, but now I can’t put it down!

    • Thanks, Kara!! I wish I had a better story than “I tripped and twisted my ankle” — argh, frustrating!

  11. I am sending you a hug through the internet because I am pretty sure I know just how you feel right now. While I can’t run for you this week, I can think positive thoughts for you and hope your ankle heals ultra-quickly and that you are back out there running sooner rather than later. Hang in there!

  12. oh no! I am so sorry to hear this news and wish you a fast recovery. Thanks for the reminder – I didn’t realize I had to resubscribe to the new site. I have to catch up on a few posts.

    • Thanks, Natalie! Yes- I was hoping there was a way to redirect my old subscribers over, but I couldn’t figure it out!

  13. Oh no! So sorry to hear about the expected recovery time. Crossing my fingers that you heal faster than that, and can still get in your April race. You’re smart to rest now, though, before it turns into something even worse. Injuries suck : (

  14. ah! I was sure I followed your new site, but they haven’t been showing up in my reader! I am so sorry about your ankle. Injuries really suck, especially when they interfere with planned races! Better to be sure it is fully healed though, right? Ensure that you have many happy running years in the future :).
    I loved Born to Run- great book!

    • Thanks, Jerilee! I’m having one of those days where it’s hard to see the big picture, but you’re so right.. I’d much rather have many happy running years ahead than worry about this one race. 🙂

    • Thanks, Carrie– yes, it’s hard to remember that big picture some days. Today was one of them. 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one who has no shame in icing with frozen veggies!

  15. wishing you a speedy recovery! You are wise not to push it. I KNOW how frustrating injuries are, but taking care of it now will lead to more running later!
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  16. Imso sorry about your ankle!! I hope it heals quickly and at you’re able to get back out there soon. I’ve had a few ankle sprains and in my experience, they heal a hell of a lot faster than my IT band injury or plantar fascitis. I think you are smart to rest it and try some cross training / then maybe you could add some strengthening exercises when you feel ready. Good luck! I’ll keep you in my thoughts
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    • Thank you!! This is my first, so it’s all new to me… but it does seem to be feeling better more quickly than other injuries.

    • Thanks, Corey… we’ll see what happens. I think today I finally moved through the anger/depression stage to some acceptance, so that’s a nice place to be. 🙂

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