Fit Friends

by tinareale on September 13, 2013

Every week on Friday I enjoy highlighting one of the many fabulous bloggers out there. I truly believe in this community and that in the connection we can do so much together towards our goals. I think you may feel the same way, which is why I bring you “Fit Friends”. Perhaps you can find another fitness pal to connect with or even just another great blog to read.

This week, I have a special guest post from the wonderful Lindsay at Itz Linz. She has a post to share her experience with scaling back running. Perfect timing too, considering my “Own Your Distance” post earlier this week and my personal decisions with running. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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What NOT Running Taught Me

Back in October of 2012, I was in the best running shape of my life. I had begun the Runner’s World run streak on Memorial Day, and while it was supposed to end on Labor Day, I kept mine going until November. One weekend I ran (and PR-ed!) in San Francisco at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The following weekend I traveled to Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half & Festival weekend. I ran a 5K and 10K on Saturday just an hour apart. Then, on Sunday I ran (and PR-ed again!) during the half marathon. It was an amazing weekend and so much more than I could have ever imagined.

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However, that month my lady cycle lasted six weeks instead of the regular four. I knew it was my body’s way of telling me I need to take a break. (I was/still am trying to get pregnant, so an irregular cycle was not what I was looking for!) I cut running cold turkey and it was tough. I’d never had the endurance like I had then. I was never as fast as I was then. I never loved running as much as I did then.

As sad as it was, life went on. Imagine that! I found my groove in the fitness world sans running. Here is what NOT running taught me:

Not running taught me to love strength training. I’d always gone through phases with lifting weights, but after I “couldn’t” run anymore, I actually had a lot more time I was able to dedicate to strength training. I love how much stronger I became.

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(Ladies, lifting weights will NOT cause you to bulk up!)

Not running taught me I still can follow a fitness plan. I’ve always loved training for races. I like the structure of training plans and knowing exactly what I was supposed to do. Do you know what the perfect solution is? Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! (editor note: Awwww! Thanks!) Seriously, itz an awesome workout plan that combines weight training with cardio and works on functionality, strength, balance, and total fitness. I was introduced to many new moves and my muscles screamed at me, but thanked Tina. Winking smile

Not running taught me to be more flexible. Literally, yes thanks to yoga, but I mean with my schedule. When I was training for a race or continuing my run streak, I was very adamant about getting my run in for the day. Now, I’m much more laid back and even take actual rest days. (Gasp!)

Not running taught me that there ARE other forms of cardio. Running is an awesome form of cardio, but there are plenty of other options out there that are equally as challenging. Some of my favorites include the elliptical or the stair beast. An occasional spin class can be fun and swimming always kicks my butt (and tones my muscles).

Not running taught me to make time for yoga. I’ve always been a sporadic yogi, but with running out of the picture I took up practicing yoga a great deal more. After each and every yoga session, whether it was a 90-minute bikram class or just holding a few poses in my home, I felt fabulous. I felt relaxed, I felt flexible, I felt strong.

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There ya have it. Life after running does exist. Itz not always easy. I still get pangs of jealousy as I see race photos flood my Instagram feed or excited tweets about setting new PR’s, but you know what? Running is not the most important thing in life; my body is – after all, I only have one! Someday, when the time is right, I WILL get back to running. But for now, I think I’m doin’ alright. Smile

Were you ever forced to stop something you love? How’d you handle it? What’d you learn?

Thanks for sharing, Linz! And be sure to check out her blog, everyone, at Itz Linz. You can also find Lindsay on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

{ 15 comments }

1 Linz @ Itz Linz September 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

thanks so much, tina! xoxo

2 Madison September 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

This is a great post. I love your positive outlook because without that: it would be so much harder!

3 Danielle September 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

Love this girl! So much inspiration in one post! So proud of you :)

4 Carly @howdairyyou September 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

Great post! I can totally relate (not really on the pregnant thing, but I will send some positive energy your way!). I just quit CrossFit because it wasn’t serving my body anymore. Onward to yoga, barre, and running! It’s good to switch things up and keep fitness routines interesting. Happy Friday!

5 Taylor @ Liftingrevolution September 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

Love it! I had to stop running years ago when the doctor told me my back wouldn’t allow it (i have a herniated disc) and I remember thinking it was the end of the world. I just knew i would get fat and gross over night. But then something happened… I didnt! And I like you, learned to love strength training. I learned to balance my training and I learned to actually work on my back. Now I can run again! But for different reasons.

6 Holl @ EatGreatBEGreat September 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Love this post! Currently, my foot is fractured. I’m typically a cardio junkie, which obviously I can’t do right now, so I’ve had to change up my routine completely. I started doing pilates and it turns out I actually am enjoying it. I can see changes in my body and it helps keeps me less stiff and the breathing helps to calm my mind.

7 Running Hutch September 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

Good stuff! I’m off running for an indefinite amount of time and I miss it horribly. I already knew I liked strength training and other forms of fitness but am not as passionate about those things. So glad to hear you are finding happiness in new endeavors!

8 dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

I am on the same boat as you – I used to love running a lot but I just lost motivation and slight knee aches here and there – now I have officially joined a gym and exploring so many other activities and its changed my view on being a stubborn runner,.

9 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast September 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Great post, and I love your attitude! Variety is so much better for our bodies… it’s the desire for those prs that makes us overdo the running… I’m trying to find that balance now as I’m definitely doing more running than my body typically wants, but post marathon, I look forward to having time for more strength training and spin and yoga. And running will wait for you- you’ve got more important things to focus on. :)

10 Debbie @ Live from La Quinta September 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Love Lindsay and her blog! Great post. I’ve had to give up running for short periods of time and it is hard. I’m happy to see that you are finding options that work for you and for your body.

11 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf September 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

This is such a great post and I so appreciate Linz sharing her story. Not running can feel like the end of the world but it’s not. I’m trying to acclimate to that idea as I have to take some time off from running due to pesky plantar fasciitis. But that does mean I’m doing a lot more yoga which actually is kind of what my body and mind both need.

12 Jody - Fit at 55 September 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

LOVE – that is all – you teach others that they can survive if they have to break from a love of theirs – you rock!

13 Coco September 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Love this! And strong? Um, heck yeah you are strong — in so many ways! ;-)

14 Kierston @candyfit September 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

Great feature and post! Linz is listening to her body and doing what feels right.

15 Katie September 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Great post! I’ve actually been thinking about a lot of these things because I’m in the midst of training for a half marathon and all my workouts have revolved around running. I’m actually really excited to be finished with the half, so I can be more flexible with my workouts and have time to spend on yoga and other forms of cardio.

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