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A True Love for Running

Posted Sep 07 2012 9:23am

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”?

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