Next Best Thing


Workout – elliptical, 30 minutes.  strength, 20 minutes.  I really miss putting ‘running’ next to my workout.  makes me very sad.  I miss it dearly.  I did a pretty easy elliptical workout, just letting the legs rest.  but what my soul really needs is a nice, good run.  I was on a self imposed no run diet for 3 weeks before the marathon to give some TLC to my shins.  it’s now two days after the marathon and I have another one in a week and a half.  stuck between a rock and a hard place.  technically, this is ‘taper’ time, but I’ve been tapering for far too long.  I’m still nervous to run too much because my right shin is lagging behind a bit.  get on board.

this non running is starting to make me very anxious, and fidgety and do crazy things like not stalk the lululemon website or storefront weekly.  it certainly didn’t help that the marathon didn’t go so hot and made me curse all things running related.  what has happened?  who am I?  the world is out of order.  this is by far the longest time I have not run consistently since I really consistently started running last winter/spring.  so I keep reminding myself that there is a season for everything.  everything happens for a reason.  I will get my running back.  whatever I may have lost in these three, four, five weeks will come back, and will come back stronger.  Patience.  I have a marathon next weekend, and this is what I’m continuing to rest my legs for.  This is what I tell myself to keep from doing something crazy like strap on my kinvaras and speed down the street.  not a good idea.

What is a good idea, is enjoying the amazing weather we have had this week.  maybe a tad hot yesterday, but the weather got its act together today and stuck in the high 70’s.  for the sanity of this household and the safety of my town, it’s a good thing the weather is beautiful during April vacation when we have no real plans – the kids can play outside to their hearts content and mommy stays happy.  and the sunshiny days make me want to just get the weights outside and plank my little core away. 

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Bring those weights outside and do another little mommy version group fitness.  my mini planker.  in a dress.  on her toes.  in flip flops.  she’s no joke.

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I really love to do strength workouts.  and they are really so simple and easy to get done.  I just pick 3 or 4 exercises that pop into my head, usually ones that work multiple and different body parts – and circuit through them 3 or 4 times, interjecting some ab work in between.  feels so good.  not running, but it’s soaking up the vitamin D and doing something. next best thing to me.  I am positive strength work made me a better runner.  it may be coincidence, but I neglected my strength workouts quite a bit in training for this past marathon, and I could feel the difference.  something to think about. 

As glorious as the sun and the vitamin D are, there are just those days where after 2 hours at the playground and all afternoon outside – the thought of having to bathe and get three kids ready for bed at the end of a terribly long day makes me weep a little inside.  just a little.  I contemplate sending them right to bed, but the sand in their hair and dirt all over their faces tells me that would be crossing into neglect and that’s not nice.  no one likes to go to bed dirty.  bath it is.  I guess I’ll feed them tonight too.  demanding little children they are.

The little beauties are bathed and sleeping peacefully trying to take down the walls in the bedroom.  at least that’s what I’m hearing from little man’s room.  he thinks sleep is overrated as of late.  he thinks 4:30 is an appropriate and productive time to start the day.  we, his parents, disagree.  but there is not much negotiating with a 2 year old.  he will take the walls down if we don’t oblige.  so here we are.  back to 4:30 wakeups for the past few days.  hoping it’s another phase.  much like my lack of running.  maybe he’s feeling anxious too that his poor mama can’t run.

A List.  for easy reading.

1. I have been diligently icing and stretching.  I’m an icing and stretching convert.  I never used to do this.  ever.  if you have tightness, soreness, any-ness, take the time to love it, nurse it, heal it.  you need it.  never too busy for ice.  and a roller. 

2. Speaking of ‘recovery’ and preventive activities, I am going to talk more about that later in the week.  which probably means it will be more like next week or the week after because some how these weeks go by and all I can figure out how to do is talk about nonsense on this little blog and the meaningful stuff just sneaks in here and there.  but I did read some good things.  they will find their way onto this blog.  stick with me.

3. I am meeting up with a soon to be in real life friend/blogger tomorrow.  yay!  excited.  I’m also going to renew my license tomorrow so for once I can avoid a late fee.  not so yay.  and I should probably wash my hair because this picture is very important.  I am excited to see them try to get a picture of me without one of my 3 children in it.  hehe.  I also might visit the track tomorrow.  and keep it easy peasy.  up for debate.  I just want to run.

4.  I made a pretty fun dinner tonight – if you like Indian food.  I made it up.  I will share that too.  in keeping with what I said in point #2, don’t expect it anytime soon.  I think I still owe you some sort of chicken chili recipe or something like that.  I’ll get to it.  I’ll sit down and have a ‘recipe’ night and get it all together.  promise. 

5. I forgot to mention the Honey Stingers that I bought to try for my marathon.  I had them before the race and I LOVED them.  so good.  so natural.  but they obviously don’t help ditch a poor racing attitude, as noted in the marathon recap.  they also don’t have that awful gu, gel, chomp taste/feel to them.  good stuff

6. Don’t forget to enter the SWEATY BAND GIVEAWAY!!! 

7. WELCOME TO MY NEW READERS:-)  I have some new peeps checking out my little blog.  please make yourselves comfortable and stay awhile.  I’m just a crazy little mom trying to keep it all together in this crazy little life.  feel free to chime in and enjoy the ride:)

    I think that’s it. 


Are you nursing any injuries right now?

If you can’t run, what’s the next best thing for you?

Who is getting ready for a race this weekend?

What time do you get up in the morning?  What time would you like to get up in the morning?



Is it still Tuesday??? 🙂




About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

16 responses »

  1. I ran today for the first time in 3.5 weeks. It was tough. I am slow. I am not fast to begin with, but this was reeeealy slow. That’s ok! I am not about to get re-injured! The next best thing is spin class! I am going tomorrow. It’s a tough class. I should bring an inhaler. I don’t even have asthma.

  2. My injury is over a year old now, but I still have to nurse it. I have a screw in my foot and any time I up the mileage it gets ornery. I am 4.5 weeks out from my marathon and always have to remind myself to take it easy. I road bike and mountain bike in between. That baby plank is adorable!

  3. Yesterday was the One year anniversary of my injury: pelvic stress fracture plus I tore most of the muscles out of my left inner thigh. And I’m still dealing with it, and it looks like I will for a while. Right now I’m able to run about 10 miles a week, and i also walk about the same. My #1 backup is biking and strength training. When the bike is too painful, I go to the pool. Hate the pool! I lived there last summer and fall after I got off crutches. It was all I was allowed to do! I’m usually up at 5:30. Some days that feels pretty early. Have fun meeting your friend tomorrow!

  4. Hello! I am currently trying to keep a crabby ITB happy 🙂 I went to physical therapy, am following his instructions, changed some shoes, made some other changes, and today I ran 8 miles pain free!! To help cross train I’ve been in the pool lately 🙂 And biking! I’m a night shift nurse so on my days off I usually roll out of bed around 8’ish…I’m comfortable with that. Except I really need to work on getting my butt up and out the door earlier for my long runs since my race will start at 0730!
    It’s been fun reading your blog 🙂

  5. I have recently come back from injury. It was nothing major but definitely put me out of running commission for a few weeks. On Saturday I did my first proper long run since injury (20 miles!) and felt awesome. During that time off I did a lot of strength work and have really noticed the benefits of it; I feel like my running has improved so much since I started incorporating it into my workout routine. My alarm goes off at 4:30, for some completely illogical reason. We don’t have kids yet, so I am not sure why I don’t savour my sleep-ins while I can 🙂

  6. Glad to hear that you are being a good girl and resting those shins! 😉

    Right now I wake up when my husband does … which is usually around 6:15. When I was working a few months ago, I was waking up at 5:15-5:30. Bleck. No fun. 7:00 is probably my ideal wake-up time. 😉

  7. Running in a half this weekend…basically for a good workout. Planning on running the Cleveland marathon in about a month.

    Honey stinger is my favorite gel too! I don’t even think you HAVE to have water with it! Not pastey at all!

    3:45am-4am… Do a quick workout of Pilates’ or yoga before heading to work! Need to get blood flowing. 6am clients. Personal training–whoop whoop :-). I love mornings! Favorite time to train!

  8. Aarrgghhh, waking up early to run is one thing, but being woken up by an anti-sleep, busy, active 2 yr. old is a whole different ballgame. Good luck with that! 6 a.m. is our wake up time but when my 2nd daughter was born I would nurse her at 4:30 then go out to run. I didn’t have a treadmill at the time and hubby left for work at 7:30. Little miss plank girl is cute as a button!

  9. I also like to take my weights outside to do a workout while my little one plays. It is so fun when she tries to mimic me. I get up at 4:25 to run at 5. I would love to sleep in until 9. That sounds lovely!

  10. I had never thought of taking my weights outside while the kiddos play… great idea! I’m taking a week off of running after racing 3 consecutive weekends. My IT band is a little annoyed with me. But, I’m doing the RRCA coaching certification course this weekend, so even though I won’t be running, I’ll be learning all about it!

  11. Thought I had runner’s knee but last week I had the realization that it is in fact IT band syndrome 😦 Never had this before and am trying to learn how to heal it up ASAP!

    Get up at 5:00. Ideal time would be 7 or 7:30, but I don’t even think my body can sleep that late.

    • Eeek, hate that ITBS:( lots of stretching and strengthening! I went to physical therapy years ago for it, now I just do whatever I am able to do for it at home. I hope it heals up quickly for you! Foam roll:)

  12. Dang your little one is SERIOUS about her fitness. I think she shows up my plank…no contest!

    I know its hard, but enjoy this resting time! Girl you have worked your tushie off to get where you are and it will pay off. Recovery from mary #1 before heading into mary #2 will not let you down! Your body is strong, and precious so treat it to what is needs because you deserve a bit of RnR!

    I usually get up around 7 and roll out of bed to my desk to start working without even showering or brushing my teeth…one of the bonuses to working from home.


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