When you want to run, but can’t

All of us face many struggles when it comes to fitting in more exercise. Be it injury, 40-hour work weeks, or busy family schedules – there always seems to be a reason to where lacing up and taking off doesn't seem all that probable.



I, especially, have been feeling the crush of this reality. With the Portland weather being so beautiful and trails being right outside of my work it is especially hard to swallow.  As I drive to work while the streets are quiet, I see runners shuffling along and think of how nice it would be to breathe in that cold air, to wake up by moving my legs.

Running is my quiet place, it’s my place where I don’t have to think at all or I can think about what is really weighing down on my heart. When I can’t do it I just feel a little repressed, a little muted.

I have pretty much come up with standard activities to stem the tides of these not so very good feelings that probably befall everyone, not just runners. Here they are:

  • Check Run Oregon Blog (shameless plug alert) and see what others are up to in the community. I especially love seeing the beautiful pictures that are posted from peoples’ runs on the facebook page.
  •  Mosey over to Runner’s World and read the columns and running news.
  • Check out Ask Lauren Fleshman and work on my girl crush. I wish she would post more, but according to her Instagram, she’s busy training, duh.
  • Listen to Another Mother Runner podcasts and laugh along with Dimity and SBS.
  • Check out my race calendar just one more time to make sure I am not missing anything.

It’s not ideal, but it helps me cope with the FOMO when it comes to running. What I wouldn’t give to just be on Leif right now, blood pumping, and heavy breathing and all.

How do you cope with not being able to run?

6 Comments on When you want to run, but can’t

  1. Some similar activities . . . . reading about running (Run Oregon, Runner’s World, Running Times Magazine) is a double-edged sword, because it’s interesting but it’s also a reminder of not actually running. I’m slowly getting over Achilles tendonitis, and I took two weeks off from running earlier in the month. Basically, it was a lot of stationary rowing, a bit of stationary cycling, and more upper body resistance training.

  2. Yeah, Tung, the reading is hard – but I find that its soothing in some way and makes me feel more tied into the community. You’re one of the lucky ones with a gym membership – I am slowly building a home gym in my garage! Hope that achilles gets better!

    • Re gym membership: Ha ha, well, I’m kind of a cold weather wimp, so the gym membership lets me avoid outdoor running if it’s too cold (i.e., under 40 degrees mostly) or raining too hard. I go back and forth about whether the amount I spend on the gym membership would be better used to get either a treadmill or a rowing machine or both. Treadmills can be finicky, though, so I’d rather that the gym have the responsibility of servicing it. If I could find a used Concept2 rowing machine in good shape, though, I’d probably buy it.

  3. HA! That’s awesome. Yeah, I built a slideboard and have my bike on a trainer… its not the best, but it will do. I have been drooling over the new nordictracks. SO GOOD.

  4. While I usually describe my relationship with running as being a love/hate thing, or “I only run so I can have more beer,” when running is taken away from you, it’s amazing how much you miss it. I sprained my ankle in a non-running related incident (apparently I forgot how to walk in my flat boots on level ground for a moment) and have impatiently been trying to get it to heal as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I’ve been doing other cardio, but the highlight of my week was the one mile I shuffled/jogged in an ankle brace.

    • In an ankle brace?!!! YEEESH! I have gone through several injuries and nothing will make you want to run more than not being able to. Best motivator, indeed. Hope you heal up soon!

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