Right now, I have taken Monday to Friday off from running. Yes, I am really not happy with this, and I am currently suffering from a bad case of running withdrawals. However, if it’s one thing I have learned in my running life, it’s that you listen to your body instead of running it into the ground. After my 13 miler last Sunday, my annoying right hip flexor started to feel very sore.
Actually, it wasn’t just sore, it cramped up and I had a hard time walking around for the rest of the night. This is probably from some muscle fatigue after the long run. Running long and hard, and having run on snow the day before probably didn’t help matters!
While I find my hip flexor to be extremely annoying right now, I know that I am doing the right thing. In the words of my coach, I need to “stay patient.” Hmm….I wonder if he knows how seriously Type A I am! I will simply say that being patient is not necessarily one of my stronger points. I have been given the option of using the elliptical or bike if they do not aggravate the hip flexor, but neither of those options seems incredibly appealing to me at the moment.
So I am left with a case of the running withdrawals. Since running is my therapy, this is not always a pleasant experience for
my family me. When I can’t run, my fuse is much shorter and I find that I am generally not able to cope with things as well. Toddler meltdowns and interrupted sleep are liable to send me over the edge. Running always balances the highs and lows and leaves me feeling like I can take on the world.
Running is always my outlet and my “me time,” something I sorely miss when running is not an option. Some people would probably find it amusing that I am making such a big deal about not being able to run for five days, but I figure that most of my fellow runnerds could empathize!
Do you go through withdrawal if you miss more than a few days of running or am I the only crazy one?