Usually I hate it when I have to take time off from running. I don’t mind it so much when not running is something I chose to do, but when I’m forced to take time off because my body won’t let me run, it can be extremely frustrating. This time around though I’ve felt pretty good about it, so far, and I’ve even found some good things about not running!
1. Less Laundry
I do laundry once a week, and usually my husband and I have enough dirty running clothes to do a separate load of just tech stuff. This week I found myself in the highly unusual situation of only having enough for half a load! I guess that means I only need to do laundry every other week!
2. More Cross Training
Not being able to run has motivated me to finally start focusing on the other two aspects of triathlon training, and for the first time this year I went to the gym to swim laps! I’ve been putting it off because I wanted to ski on my non-running days while we still have good snow, but now I’ve got plenty of time to ski AND bike AND swim!
3. Less Exposure to Bad Weather
This week we got hit by the “Nor’Easter Bomb”–a snow storm with hurricane-force winds. Thankfully we were on the outside edge of the storm, so we didn’t get any snow and the winds weren’t as strong, but still, 25 mph winds are nothing to sneeze at! It was a cold day, too, and I was VERY glad that I didn’t have to venture out for a run in those conditions!
4. More Time to Get Things Done
Since I didn’t do a long run over the weekend, I had a lot more time to get things done around the house. I cleaned, organized and then painted the kitchen ceiling!
5. Less Pain!
After almost a full week of not running, I am definitely starting to feel better! My foot isn’t hurting nearly as much, and I think I could probably do a short run without any pain, but I’m going to hold off awhile longer until the tightness and pain is completely gone.