I never thought that an activity could define me so dramatically. Sure, I love running and it’s a passion of mine, but I would like to think there are interesting things about me beyond running. 3 weeks ago, I took 7 days off from running as a precautionary measure for possible plantar fasciitis. I ran 2 days in a row after the break and my foot didn’t feel any better (it’s very, very mild pain). Now, it’s been 2 more weeks without running. I’ve been cycling, swimming, doing yoga, and climbing. I thought by replacing exercise with exercise, I would feel some sort of relief and fulfillment with other activities, but my days have felt so incomplete. With running, I would finish my workout with satisfaction and feel ready to start/continue other important parts of my days. When I’m finished cycling, swimming, or a yoga class, I have a strange feeling like I need to exercise more. It’s not an obsession with fitness, it’s a lack of feeling satisfied with an activity. I get a similar feeling of satisfaction with rock climbing, but the feeling is definitely not as intense. Especially when the climbing wall hours are limited, there’s no true bouldering, and I have a very small amount of belay partners.
As I’ve stated before, I have a half marathon planned on Saturday, September 22nd in Charlotte. i’m dropping out of the race, as I don’t want to make this PF worse, but I’m hoping that if it goes away from all of this rest, I can race a slower 13.1 in November at the Battleship here in WIlmington, North Carolina.
How do you deal with injuries? What do you do to make yourself feel more, “whole”?