Friday, August 16, 2013

What to do When You Can Not Run?

So, what can you do when you can not workout or run? I seem to want to shop for workout/fitness related stuff. I actually really do not like to shop. Still I find myself stir crazy and restless all the time. I feel like I am a drug addict and I am crawling out of my skin waiting for my next score. So I find myself perusing through Craigslist, eBay, and online clearances for stuff I can't use right now and do not need. I have heard that admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery. So here I am, admitting that I am misplacing all this workout energy into shopping. But let me show you all the cool stuff I have gotten.

First, I have gotten myself a Road I.D.  I have been wanting to get one for over a year but it has always seemed to be low on priorities when it came to spending my running budget. Shoes, socks, race entry fees, and race weekend costs always came first. With all the running I usually do in the early mornings, late evenings, and all alone. I probably should have gotten one earlier. They really are worth it and don't cost much at all. Plus usually you can get discounts from races. If you don't get a Road I.D., than at least keep some I.D. of some sort on your person. The best idea I've heard so far is using your business card and just writing emergency contact information on the back. Just remember boys and girls, safety first.

Spiffy New Road I.D.
Handy Dandy Case

The other purchase I have made is a "new to me" mountain bike off of Craigslist. I needed to replace the one I currently had because it was just too big for me. I couldn't ever get comfortable learning how to ride it knowing that at any time while I was on it, I could crush my "manly bits" if I couldn't reach the ground in time.

I believe I am on the road to recovery and am showing progress. I was able to show restraint while I was at the Reebok store the other day shopping for back to school shoes for the kids. Being around all the workout clothes and running shoes was a huge temptation. Especially since everything seemed to be on sale. But I was able to leave the store without buying anything for myself. So, in the meantime everyone has to continue putting up with the future race pics with me wearing the same running outfit.

 Now, to find me a hydration pack. ha-ha

So what do you do with the free time during injury or race recovery?


  1. Well, I've gained 9 lbs in my Leadville race "recovery" - so there's that! Oh, but that probably wasn't the answer you were looking for :).

    Good luck with the hydration pack - I went through 5 before I found one that worked "right".

    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, too.

  2. I like my 50cc Camelback. but that's for smaller runs. works great though. i bought a 70cc CB too, but it didn't have a waist strap and didn't work great for me. I wanted to try their marathon vest, but REI was out of stock. Be interested to see what works for you. i want to score a bike, too. that is definitely next on my list. ;) and I need compression socks, too.