what you do when you can’t run

running is a big fail for me lately. but thankfully, i haven’t resorted to crying. yet.

i have to say, waking up on a Saturday morning and knowing you can’t run as many miles as you want to/are accustomed to running is pretty depressing. 😦 the tendonitis/shin splints are super painful and i’m hating everything about this. it’s not even the point that i know i won’t be able to run the marathon in October — i’m actually okay with that — it’s just that i hate not being able to run much at all, when it’s such an integral part of my life. talk about a lesson in patience….geesh.

apparently this street art wisdom near my apt last week was trying to tell me something…

i managed about 4 slowww miles on Saturday, which is better than nothing, but it definitely was a blow to my ego to be in that much pain and not be able to run at least 10 miles on a weekend morning. i’m so not used to that and really feeling the void of having those long runs to look forward to. bum-merrrr city.

despite not being able to run, my weekend shaped up pretty nicely, starting off with some bachata dancing at a Latin club on Friday night. it’s been a minute since i’ve gone, and man, i’m not sure i love anything as much as i love dancing. must go more often.

after the attempted run on Saturday, i bopped around SoHo and the West Village (two of my fave areas of Manhattan) with a girlfriend and stumbled across another exhibit of street art wisdom.

fulfillapparently someone is speckling these around the city this summer, and i’m totally digging it. such a nice idea to pepper people’s walks with such positive energy. i’m determined to take feet shots of all of these that i find and see how many different pairs of shoes i can showcase. oh, and i’m hoping to fulfill my destiny, too, in case you were wondering. i plan to take this one very seriously. soon as i find out what my destiny is, i’mma chase that thing down like whoa.

Saturday night: a single glass of rose with a girlfriend at Wine Escape, an adorable hidden gem of a wine bar right near my apartment. girlfriend dates at quaint little places are one of my fave things in the world.

photothis rose was soooo good, too: Sable D’Azur Provence Rose. if you’re into light, dry rose, you want to try it. trust me.

Sunday morning’s workout (after 11 hours of sleep…yessss) consisted of a half hour of high resistance on the arc trainer — which is the worst sweat session of my life, let me tell you — followed by another half hour of strength and abs (push-ups, a few back machines, lots of squats, and the incline bench). i had the gym entirely to myself, which is amazing at any point but much appreciated on a Sunday, and this workout felt really good…

good enough that i let myself spend the rest of the day outdoors enjoying the incredible weather with friends on a pier along the Hudson River. we found a little outdoors cafe where a man with a guitar entertained us and the other patrons for hours, right through the lovely sunset.

sunseti think i was especially excited, as he played sooooo many songs i love and grew up with. the guy knew his Simon and Garfunkle, which always makes me a happy girl, and he played the Beatles and Coldplay and Hall & Oates and just so many amazing songs. it was definitely one of those “ideal moments” where you feel blessed to simply be alive, and all seems right in the world…where you just sit back and think, “life is this good.” it’s so crucial to have those, and i was so content with my world last night.

today, of course, is a different story…exhaustedddd and brought some wine into work with me using my stomach…but hey. Sunday Fundays don’t promise marvelous Mondays!

this week marks the “unofficial” end of summer for me even before Labor Day, as i start classes again tomorrow for the fall semester — craziness, how quickly this summer flew by! i’m setting myself the new goal of not having any wine/drinks during the week at all this week, not til i’m home with the fam for the long wknd. need to clean up this act a bit over here.

hope you all had lovely weekends!

Tell me something good about your weekend.
Any end-of-summer goals/plans?
Anyone else going back to school?

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22 thoughts on “what you do when you can’t run

  1. Live music always gives me that tingly, “life is so beautiful” feelings. It kinda makes you realize how blessed you are, even when injuries or other negative things are present in your life at that moment. Those frustrations fade away when there’s beautiful music playing right in front of you πŸ™‚ that rose looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to check it out. And that street art is amazing – such little drops of happiness. I love that people have been expressing so much love and passion lately around the world. It just feels like there’s a movement of love happening!

  2. I’m sorry that you are having the injury issues. You know I feel you there. I love a transcendent live music moment, and I adore S&G, the Beatles, that whole set/genre. It was songwriting at its best, storytelling at its apex, and harmonies that can never be bested. Immediately takes you to another place.

  3. I love the word art!!! The city can be sooo inspiring! Sooooo sad you won’t be running with me in October but allowing yourself to heal is the most important thing…

    I will be going back to another year of working in a school:) soooo that means back to school shopping for me this wk:)

    Rest up doll!

  4. I feel like this summer didn’t even really happen. The weather was just so weird the whole time. And I will definitely be trying that wine.

    I’m sorry to hear about your tendon. This sounds so much like what I was going through during my spring training with mine. Super frustrating when you can’t do what you want. I hope you start feeling better so soon. ❀ In the meantime that street art is amazing and so inspirational! I hope you have a great first day back to school too.

  5. Lady, I am sorry to hear about the shin splints! I hope you recover quickly. And the Latin dancing is certainly wonderful therapy! You are reminding me how much I miss going to dance class. That sunset view and glass of rose…perfection!! Catching some rays and just wine in general are two things that make me happy. Hope you find lots of reasons to smile this week and sending you positive vibes!

  6. I’m so sorry that you’re not able to run. I know it must make you feel awful, but getting better has to be top priority. Speaking of working out, I LOVE your runners! Those are some awesome kicks girl. It’s starting to get warmer here and I’m envious of the kick off of Autumn in the US. I AM super excited for college football to start this next weekend πŸ˜€

  7. So sorry to hear about the tendonitis/shin splints! It looks like you more than made up for the lack of running with a fun/active rest of your weekend though! If you can’t run then the next best option is definitely wine, dancing, and live music!

  8. Damn you shin splints. I’m so sorry! However I love that you had one of those “it’s great to be alive!” moments. Harness it. Bottle it up and sip from it when you’re down. Sending you healing thoughts! And a tired Monday sounds like it was worth it! πŸ™‚

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