It’s been almost six weeks since I’ve run consistently (or at all, save for the Mercedes Marathon and the Mississippi 50), and I’ve been slowly losing my mind. Have you seen the meme that goes, “Running: cheaper than therapy”? Yea, that’s pretty accurate in my case. Running has become my drug, and I need it to stay sane.
In addition to my faltering mental health, did you know that not running causes:
Later nights—All the stars aligned when I got injured—Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Jimmy Fallon all appeared on Netflix and Hulu Plus. Goodbye early bedtimes.
Lazier mornings—What? No 3:30 a.m. alarm? Then let me sleep until I’ll be late for work! And Long Run Saturdays have been replaced with Sylvan Saturdays—sleeping in and eating lots.
Stronger arms—Not running has made me remember that I have body parts other than my legs. So hello again push ups, tricep dips, chin ups, and sexy summer tank top muscles.
Tighter clothes—Apparently you burn a lot of calories when you run 50+ miles a week regularly. And when you don’t run said miles and don’t change your eating habits, you grow a food baby.
Less water—I don’t notice if I’m dehydrated anymore since I don’t need to drink like a camel, which means that I can go for days only drinking 20 oz. of water. Hence all the new migraines and stomach issues.
More snacking—Bored eating is a thing. I’ve experienced it firsthand.
Going on trips—Last weekend the hubs and I ventured to Atlanta for the day. No guilt was felt about missing a Saturday long run, until we bumped into my friends who were running. We were in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru.
Going crazy—I swear I’ve been less focused, more ADD-prone, and moodier. I’m sure others would agree.
I’m going back to the doctor in a few days to see if he could figure out what’s really wrong, before I get committed to the looney bin. Have you ever been sidelined with an injury? Any suggestions on what to do to keep your cool?