Not Moving It Monday: Giving In, Not Giving Up

by tinareale on December 31, 2012


Ah, Move It Monday. A day when I normally either recap my workouts or share a workout methodology I’ve been loving or a mixture of the two from the past week. This past week, though, I got nothing. I did minimal in the workout department – a yoga class, a spin class, and a 30 minute functional and core based strength class at the gym.

All great, but you might realize it’s much lower volume from what I have been doing and one other key change. No running. Zero.

Peter had the kids help him make a special gift for me for Christmas – a race medal hanger.


I absolutely loved it! Such thoughtfulness and Makenzie even picked out the letters and colors. It still doesn’t change the fact that my beautiful new medal hanger will have to wait some time before it gets a new medal to adorn its hooks.

I can’t run New Orleans. And I’m taking an entire month completely off running.

You may remember that ever since March I have battled nagging running injuries. They all started in my left foot. That got better enough to survive my marathon….then my right ankle started giving me problems which progressed to my right IT band in a fierce way early this summer. I did what I could to help that recover, only to have my ankle still give me problems off an on since then. Suddenly, my left IT band hurt and back down into my left foot and ankle.

With every injury, I took a week or two off of running then hopped back in to running at mileage fairly close to the higher mileage I was doing. The most I ever did for recovery was spend a month running no more than 3-5 miles at a time, but still not ever allowing a complete break and recovery.

The past few weeks pain had come on sooner into my runs and kept feeling progressively worse. I had had enough and my body was trying to get that same message across my thick skull.

So, I’m taking a month completely off running…then plan on getting back into running very conservatively. It may be too conservative, but I’m sick of trying too much. I’m going to start basically from scratch and go through the Couch to 5K program again after this month of zero running.

I’m giving my body what it is asking for…TIME. During all of that time, I will focus on yoga, stretching and strengthening targeted to the muscle imbalances I know contribute to everything, and taking other workouts easier too. I’m not going to sub my runs with an hour of intervals on the elliptical instead. Nope. I’m giving my body the time to really focus on the problems and not just slap a quick fix band-aid that inevitably falls off a month or so later.

How am I doing mentally with this decision? I don’t really feel too much. I guess I just think “it is what it is” and I’m focusing on feeling better. So I’m not too upset. I was pretty angry at first, and also angry at myself for not doing what I needed to do earlier this year to properly recover. On the whole, though, I’m ready. To do what I need to do. To find joy in my workouts again.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve felt like that regularly after a workout. It’s time. Body, I’m not giving up on you but I promise to give in to your requests. Now, here’s to a hopefully stronger, healthier, and happier year ahead. And although I’m not sure when, I sure hope to have some good racing ahead too. We can do it together.

Your Turn: What workouts are bringing you joy right now? What has your body told you recently?


1 Heather December 31, 2012 at 6:35 am

Good for you Tina for doing what your body needs, not necessarily what your mind wants! IT band injuries are no joke & taking the time to truly recover will grant you years & years of great runs!

2 Miz December 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

my bod has told me it is SOOO TIRED.
it’s a challenge too :-) but Im heeding.



3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

I’m sending you so much love and support for this because I know it’s NOT easy to do. But recognizing our bodies need a break is one of the first steps, and listening to it is the second and arguably most important. I know this will be good for you, even when it gets hard so I’m sending you so many happy thoughts. :)

4 lindsay December 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

smart plan friend. Praying for that month of healing! You can do it!!

5 Sarah December 31, 2012 at 7:55 am

I totally can relate – I was training for a marathon (unlike you wasn’t smart enough to stop) and now have a TERRIBLE case of plantar fas….and have been told 3-6 months. Running is my ‘God time’ outside of church, my only calming activity. So after the initial blow of knowing I was done for a bit, I took up other things and now am falling back in love with swimming but won’t lie, have a countdown for the 3/6 month marks :)

6 Ruby @ Focus, Woman! December 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’m so glad you came to this – really difficult – decision. I’ve done it, and it is tough, mentally. It feels like giving up, even though you know it’s not. I found it brought me peace & clarity as well, and brought my focus back to what MY body needs, at every stage in my life (it’s different in times of stress, after having a baby, etc.). It is like no one else’s body. We aren’t born with a manual and it takes trial, error and time to figure out what is needed. And yes, for us type-A personalities, it usually takes a couple of injuries or illnesses as well.

FWIW, when I came back v e r y slowly to running, I did 25 mins elliptical/5 mins treadmill. Added 10% of running on every week (and slowly reduced elliptical at the same time). I found this to work best for me, because I’ve also tried doing the C25K after injury and no matter what I tell myself, I still end up going faster through the program or doing more than stated. I also found the treadmill to be easier on the ligaments/joints, giving everything time to strengthen again (whilst working on core). Just my 2 cents, in case you find yourself in a similar position :)

7 tinareale January 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

I’m planning on doing the C25K on the treadmill for the joints and think I’ll be good to not go through it too fast because I’m seriously so over the injury. Plus I can follow a plan pretty well. Although I will definitely keep the elliptical thing in mind if I feel myself getting too antsy. Thanks for the tip!

8 Ruby @ Focus, Woman! January 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

Good luck! You can do it, it is SO worth it.

9 char eats greens December 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

Don’t worry, I haven’t been running either. About 29 weeks pregnant, I experienced really bad pelvic pain and it never went away! Now post-baby, I’m just at the point where I think I can get back into running but I’m not pushing it. I also took the time off with ease and didn’t beat myself up that I wasn’t running. I love that you’re shifting your focus to other things!!

10 Becky Przy December 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

Good for you for listening to your body Tina! I am currently taking time off from running too (currently 1 1/2 weeks in). I thought I would be going a bit more crazy, but I have actually enjoyed yoga, strength training and walking.

11 tinareale January 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

We’re at the same place then! It’s been just under 2 weeks for me now since my last run and I’m really enjoying the yoga and strength!

12 Anna December 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

Wow! I needed to read this. I was just googling inspirational stories about people who overcame injuries because I have been down in the dumps about my foot injury. I always feel most motivated by completing programs (I finished Turbofire and Turbofire Advanced this year! Yay!) so I was looking forward to what the next challenge would be. Well, I injured my foot and gave it a week off then gave it some light cardio impact (elliptical and stair stepper) which worked great but then because I was feeling better I went back to doing Turbofire which in turn resulted in the next day limping and soreness in my left foot arch. I honestly feel “directionless” in my work out routine and not sure what to do next. With New Year’s being here and everybody making such big goals I feel sad because I am not sure when I will be able to set a goal and accomplish it until my foot is healed up fully.
My body is telling me to rest so I am going to honor that by completing work outs such as strength training, low impact cardio routines (bike, elliptical and stair stepper) and focus on pilates.

Praying for you Tina! I am inspired by you and your respect for your body and giving it what it needs…time to heal.

13 tinareale January 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

I hope you heal too, Anna! It’s no fun but after dealing with it all 2012 basically, I know Im ready to be past it. Go ahead and take the full time now so you don’t have to have neverending frustration for longer than needed. Trust me, it will be worht it!

14 melissa January 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I am taking a break too. I just finished my first week of no running. Just walking, weights, and yoga. I’ve never gone more than 7 days without running since I started 7 years ago. It’s weird.

I really hope that I can become stronger and more flexible during my break. I am not sure how long I will be off of running. Baby steps I guess? I’ll see how I feel.

I’m supposed to be running Disney tomorrow. I decided to stay home :-(

15 Lauren December 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

Tina, I think that is such a good plan!!! A month off will do your body so good, and just think, we get 12 months in a year, 11 of them can be focused on running. One month off is nothing! :) Love you girl and Happy New Year!

16 Lindsay's List December 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

very smart. as always. rooting for you no matter what you do!

17 Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m sorry to hear that your injury will keep you out of your target race, but the time off will make you a better runner long term. Heal up fast!

18 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

Im sorry about your injury but I am glad you are listening to your body and giving yourself the rest it needs

19 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona December 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’m hoping you feel better soon!

20 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

Good for you lady! Speaking from experience, I understand how it can be difficult to truly listen to your body rather than ignore it and just do what you wanna do. However, it sure is worth it, and I’ve learned through it all that our bodies are SO smart! Enjoy the rest! :)

21 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian December 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

Good luck with your month off! I too know how hard and frustrating it is to deal with stupid injuries. It’s smart to take the time and focus on those imbalances that are causing issues. I did the same after my stress fractured foot. 4 weeks off with my walking boot, and then took about another 3-4 weeks slowly building back up to only 3-4 miles at a time at the moment. I realized how bad my hips were and I’m working on that now. Good luck Tina!

22 Michelle December 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’m sorry you have give up running for a little bit. It WILL be good for and hopefully you’ll return with a rejuvenated body and mind. I’m sure I will be joining you in the “not running” club very soon – so we can have a pity party together. Thankfully, there are miles left in our feet and our heart so this is really just short lived!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2013!!

23 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) December 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

That sounds like a wise choice. I’m considering it myself… :)

24 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

Taking time to recover is often so much harder than pushing through. You are doing the right thing and I think this will make a huge difference in your running over the next year. Start strong and enjoy getting your yoga on!

25 Jess December 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to give yourself time…ample time, especially with an injury. I sometimes think I’m invincible (I’m sure we all do this to a certain extent) and that ‘just a few days’ without running or whatever will ‘fix’ me magically. But truly, pulling way back for far longer than you *think* you need to is usually the far wiser way to go. Even if that means letting go of something you love and for as long as you have to let it go for. I am proud of you for being smart, for listening and for doing it your way, as conservatively as you need to, to heal that body of yours. I’ll be rooting for you friend!!

And truthfully? I haven’t run a ton since the marathon…which is weird to say since I totally thought I’d continue to keep my endurance up after the big race but I wound up needing a break from it all. And as it turns out, it was for good reason — I am now teaching a LOT more at barre n9ne which in turn has transitioned into less time to run — so the way I see it? Everything is happening for a reason…I may be running less, but I’m paying it forward more through teaching, and that makes my heart smile. (and my arms and legs very sore lol).

26 Julie December 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

I know it is hard to temporarily give up something you love. I often think God does this sometimes to show us to give ourselves grace, to learn even more how to respect our bodies, and to help us not make idols out of running, exercise, food, etc. (not saying you are doing this but for example). I’ve followed your journey since you had Braedon and I’ve been so impressed by how you have the natural running/speedy thing down. You embraced running wholeheartedly and intensely in just under 2 years. Your body is telling you to slow down and that’s okay! Running will always be there and you can’t do if it brings you pain or is making you unhappy. I stopped running after I ran my second half last Feb.(after 3-4 years of running). My psoas was acting up big time and running wasn’t making me happy anymore. Giving up running for about 6 months has allowed other doors to open fitness wise and taught me that I don’t “need” it to feel okay. You are making a great choice–give yourself permission to take a break and listen to the Lord in the midst of that (which I am sure you do). I hope you heal and come back stronger.

27 tinareale January 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

I’m right there with you on the perspective and bringing God back to center. I think that was a big thing He was teaching me all this past year. I thought I had grasped it but still let running injury bother me too much. Now, I’m truly okay with letting it rest for a bit and certainly plan to always work on that number one part of life – the relationship with God. Thanks for sharing, Julie. :)

28 Linz @ Itz Linz December 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

My body told me I had to take a break from running – I was very upset by it because I was doing so well in my own running journey. But the thing is I know itz not forever and I know I can do other things like weight training which brings me joy! :)

29 Sara December 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

Oh Tina…this post came at the absolute perfect time for me. I am so so sorry that you are having to go through this, but your body does need it. I know this first hand because I’m also trying to nurse an injury back to health (form of sciatica in my left buttock/leg) that has been plaguing me for over a year! I didn’t know what it was at the time but finally went to the doctor to get checked out. I’ve already gone through the physical therapy (4 weeks) and now I’m trying to find exercises and workouts that don’t aggravate it because one thing I know is that I do NOT want surgery…I won’t let it get that far. I also had to take a break from running and it’s been very tough on me mentally. I hope to go through this journey with you and learn from you. I’m also signed up for your BBB4 so I can’t wait to see what workouts you send that I can do! :) All the best, Sara.

30 Olivia Hill @ life as liv December 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

So much love being sent your way, this decision took a lot of courage and faith. I’m so happy you’re really listening to your body and giving it what it needs! I don’t think you’ll regret it. :)

31 Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's December 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I know it is hard, but sometimes we all need a break. Mine was in the form of moving and the holidays all coming at the same time. I hope you recover as fast and smoothly as possible and in the mean time I am super excited for BBB4. Have a great NYE, Tina!

32 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This is great! It will be frustrating at times, I’m sure, but giving your body what it needs (time) is so important. Looking forward to hearing more about your yoga experience :)

33 Katie December 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Marathon training is too hard on the human body! Glad you are taking a time out to listen to yourself. I can’t do much exercise anymore, let alone run, and I just always want everyone to value being able to move how they want – there are so many ways to get that besides running! I hope you feel better soon Tina. I was a collegiate runner and I know how frustrating it is, but I also know how awful it feels to only start to appreciate your body when its too late. Happy New Year to you!

34 jobo December 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Wow, tough tough tough choice but a SMART one. Like Jess said in her comment, sometimes I also think I am invincible and a few days off is all I need, but that’s usually not the case. A month sounds like the right amount of time to truly heal and start fresh. I am going to take a page from your book and vow to do the same and not run as long as my knee is hurting me. I haven’t run in a week now, and with the cold I have, a blessing in disguise as I am sure I would have tried to run otherwise ;-) Stay strong, my friend, and heal heal heal! XOXO

35 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You are so wise. I felt like that after my first marathon, almost 2 years ago… some nagging injuries that I didn’t really listen to. Like you, I’d rest for a few weeks and jump back in. A few months later, my body forced me to listen with a possible stress fracture (never was confirmed) and I took 2 months completely off, with some spinning and swimming thrown in. I came out refreshed and now I’m determined to build in running breaks every year, even (or especially) when I’m not injured.
I’m glad you have such a good perspective on it! Happy new year!

36 Tracy December 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I am recovering from 2 pelvic stress fractures that I got from running. I was running faster than I ever have and feeling great about my progress. Then this happened. I have been a terrible “patient” during this whole process. I want to get well. I appreciate your attitude and it would serve me well to adopt the same one for myself.

37 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

It is so hard to listen to our bodies sometimes!! Good for you girl!! It took me 2 years to get over my IT band problems because I kept pushing when I shouldn’t have. Stupid pride…

38 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy December 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Tina, Sorry your body isn’t up to running shape. I know that I am in need of paying better attention to my IT bands, foam rolling, stretching better, etc. It can happen to almost anyone. It’s hard to find a good balance when running such long distances. Have a happy New Year!

39 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I can completely relate. As soon as my knee started feeling better, I was so ready to dive headfirst into running and intense activity and my body hasn’t been too happy. I have a couple of nagging injuries and I think that it’s time for me too to just take some time off and let my body rest and heal. I have the same attitude – it is what it is – which kind of surprises me. I think that you’re being really smart in listening to your body. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2013. Happy New Year Tina to you and your family!

40 Kim @ Redefining Kim December 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Honestly, my favorite workouts at the moment are my walks. There are such a change from my normal high intesnity cardio sessions or runs and my body is welcoming them. The walks are my time to think, dream, and destress.

I am sorry that you are still battling injuries. However, you made the right call and I have no doubt you’ll come back stronger than ever.

41 Bek @ Crave January 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

One month will fly by- use that time to focus on other priorities in your life. You are doing the right thing by listening to your body. You’re not even giving in in my opinion- you’re just giving. Giving your body what is needs and wants!

42 Coco January 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Such a hard decision to make, but it can be so right! I am really proud of you for taking this approach! I can’t wait to see how it works for you.

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