Bipolar Running

30 Apr

Thank you for the blog suggestions. I really want people to not only read my blog, but also like and enjoy what I have to say. Thanks again. I’m still open to any suggestions for my blog.


Okay, on to business.

I have picked up running again because, honestly, my foot has been feeling better. It’s sore at times(not painful), but I’m sure that is to be expected after getting off an injury. My feet aren’t used to running as they were months ago. In addition, I think my feet are bit more sore because I switched my shoes to minimalist shoes and I have been running ever so slightly in my amazing Vibrams.

I do love my new shoes though! They feel remarkable. I swear I am never running in Nike shoes again. I strongly believe that they messed up my foot. Not entirely though since I was running excessively, but still. Too much cushioning in your running shoe is impractical. Why ruin running with shoes that destroy the natural state of the foot and how it runs? The more cushioning, the more you are taking away from the foot’s natural state.

I am still not running the way I want to right now. I want to be running a full hour, but I am so afraid to. I’m afraid that I will be re-injured or see how much I am sweating while running then convince myself that I suck at running now. None of it is true. I am still runner. I get asked daily at the gym if I’m a runner. (I guess I look like one.) I know I can run an hour even if it is on the treadmill. As soon as the weather brightens up, I will be running outside again.

I still love running. I wish I could do it all the time and I wish that my stupid injury never happened. No sense in wishing though. I think getting my injury was helpful in a way because I discovered new things and learned that I need to listen to my body when it wants a break from running miles. I discovered I love water aerobics, spin class, and lifting. I discovered I can still be fit and in shape without running constantly.

With that said, I need to get my ass running more because I entered a trail race that is a 20k (12 miles). Am I excited? Hell yeah. Do I think I can do it when it’s only a month away? Yes. Do I think it will be my best race ever? Probably not. I’m just getting back into running and no way can I expect myself to nail this race. First off, I never done a trail race before. I am so pumped though. I just want run now.

Any help in creating a 20k training program? I think I can do it with just logging in some miles and hills, but I need more than that. If you know anyone or any site that can help me create a training program, drop me a note.

I will officially start training on Monday, which will give me 28 days to train. I think I can do it. I really do. I really just need to be confident in myself. I took barely a full month off from running due to my foot injury and I continued working out that whole time. I may not be the same runner I was in February, but I absolutely have new strengths as a runner.

I am really bipolar about this whole running issue. Can’t you tell?

I don’t want to bore you guys with my running problems so I stole this survey from

Clothing style:  I call it the ‘lazy bum who doesn’t care about much’ look.
Nail polish color: Neon colors.
Make up item: Mascara.
Stores: Vans, Zuimez, PacSun.
Sport: Basketball is my favorite.
Clothing item: Running shorts. Hah.
Shape: Circle.
Number: 3.
Sports team: Chicago all the way.
Color: Purple.
Breakfast item: Eggs.
Type of music: Alternative. Dare I say I started listening to country? Who am I?
Song: Currently anything by Adele.
TV show: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
TV channel: NBC, Food Network, Comedy Central.
Magazine: Runner’s World.
Hair style: Straight.
Hair length: Long. Very long.
Shoe type: Vans slip ons. I might as well Velcro shoes.
Animal: Cats and dogs.
Transportation: A car, but I bike too.
School subject: How about no.
Talk show: Does Chelsea Handler count?
Fruit: Apples.
Vegetable: Brussels sprouts.
Vacation spot: I don’t know! Anywhere tropical.
Book: Harry Potter series.
Eye color: Green.
Hair color: Blonde.
Hobby: Running, reading, complaining.
Flower: Tulips.
Sound: …of music.
Holiday: Christmas.
Scent: Vanilla.
Culture food:  Italian and Mexican.
Restaurant: I suppose this little German restaurant by my house.
Month: Summer months.

Honorable Eats:

Chocolate cakes
Sauerkraut on rye (I’m addicted to sauerkraut now)
 Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Caramel Vanilla bean cake
 Dutch apple pie

Fried eggs + brussels + hashbrowns + broccoli + mushrooms

Are you training for a race?
– “The worst thing you can give a runner midrace is false hope. What causes you to tense up is the unexpected; but as long as you know what you’re in for, you can relax and chip away at the job.”

If you been sidelined from running, how did you regain your confidence in running again?


22 Responses to “Bipolar Running”

  1. littlecollegevegan April 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM #

    It’s good your not pushing it, better to be safe the sorry right?

    I’m training for a 12k that’s in a few weeks. Then I’m gonna start training for a relay in september (I’m excited it’s one of 200m. Relays) and I’m also using the training for that for the NWM 1/2 marathon in November. Lot’s of training, haha.

    • lifttorun April 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM #

      Is there a certain training program you are following right now?

  2. moveovercelery April 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM #

    I love what you said about discovering new forms of exercise in lieu of running! So true! I discovered spin class after my hip flexor strain. Now I’m in lurrrvve. 🙂

    We have oodles in common! I’m obsessed with anything Adele, Italian is hands down my fave culture food, and don’t even get me started on Harry Potter. 😛

  3. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) April 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM #

    A trail race? That is so cool. I am always scared to do one because cross country races are on trails and I’m always sore after a 5k. Good luck with that. I’m glad you were able to pick up running again. 🙂

  4. Jess April 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM #

    I LOVE Adele and currently have brussel sprouts roasting in the oven..YESSSS!!

    Good luck on the 20k!!!

  5. sarah April 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM #

    When iv been injured from running( its happened waaay more than I’d have liked!), I try to figure out why- our bodies generally injure for a reason- so its good to know where iv been going wrong to prevent it happenin again. I’m now SO strict with my injury prevention- good nutrition(especially imediately after workouts), icicng, foam rolling, supplements(calcium/vit D& glucosamine), crosstraining, rest(the most difficult!)…
    I’m not as good a runner as I used to be . I have accepted this & now I try to purely focus on the enjoyment of my runs and not on times etc.
    You seem like a natural at the sport though &i think you’ll rock that trail race, but don’t let it stress you out too much!

    As usual your food looks AWESOME!

  6. Sarah April 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM #

    hah, i am having this same “bipolar running” issue right now, and I think the vibrams are going to be the key to getting over the odd injury & back out running like the happiest, pain-freeist (…?) person in all the land.

    But I totally hear you–I just want to RUN and not have any issues with it! And I’m also beginning to really think that so many running injuries are caused by whacked-out sneakers. But taking time to make sure we’re running in a way that our bodies like is very important, so that we can be 30249 years old and still running as much as we want. BUT I WANT TO RUN NOW LIKE I COULD BEFORE! Pfft. So yeah. I hear you.

    Have you read Born to Run? I’m about halfway through and it’s completely fascinating re: barefoot/natural running, etc.

    the 20k trail race sounds. Awesome.

    • lifttorun April 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM #

      I just finished Born to Run. It totally changed my whole perspective on running.

  7. Ma Ma Megan April 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM #

    I’m a sauerkraut addict myself! I love having avocado and sauerkraut on toast with a little sprinkled paprika YUM.

    I love adelle.

    Good luck on your running. 🙂

  8. pawsitivelife April 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM #

    I have never been sidelines from only running but I have been sidelined for about 6 months from sports in in general. I tried to incorporate sportiness into my everyday activites, and I used the time to strategically plan out my return to sports!

  9. Tara April 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

    You have very good taste in ice cream, I must say!

    I want to try running in Vibrams so bad, but running in spikes right now is hurting my feet. I can’t even wear flip flops! I have to wear my sneakers everywhere and its awful because not a single outfit matches them.

  10. Jessica April 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM #

    I know they have some good training programs on for half marathons (which is basically what you’re running) but you have to pay for them, and I’ve customized my own plans from Hal Higdon’s online ones which are free 🙂
    You can totally take on this 20k trail! Congratulations for having listened to your body when it needed to take a break, you are SO a runner 🙂

  11. movesnmunchies May 1, 2011 at 12:49 AM #

    girl i feel ya! not too long ago i had a foot injury and couldnt run for a while.. but honestly GO LIGHTLY -i kept reinjuring it and i had to stay off it for longer…. things usually heal faster than u think so don lose hope at all!! 🙂

  12. allieksmith May 1, 2011 at 4:57 AM #

    Well I just wanna say you are awesome. I really like this post. You have GREAT insight after coming off of an injury and still doing great. You DO look like a runner and you ARE! I am done swimming competitively but I still consider myself a swimmer.

    You are going to ROCK the trail race… just sayin’
    I love your love for all things dessert!

    • lifttorun May 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM #

      I just get more pictures of my desserts than my actual food. Hahah. Go figure.

  13. crzydjm May 1, 2011 at 6:39 AM #


    I was running MAD miles several years ago and the injuries I kept getting were so annoying when I just wanted to run.

    Good luck on your trail run! I’ve become a huge fan of running the trails more than pounding the pavement.

  14. Striving for Strides May 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM #

    i just came across your blog and loveeee it! 🙂 hopefully you’ll get back up and running in no time but just remember to take your time so you don’t reinjure yourself! i swear that my nikes changed their style because i had been wearing them for years and got a new pair and i started having achilles tendon problems instantly! for a training plan i use smart coach on runners world, it’s amazing and i highly recommend it! tell me if it works out for you!

    ps- your honorable eats look sooo tasty!

  15. Jenny May 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM #

    Wow I am jealous of your Ben & Jerry’s stash. This is making me wanna run out to get ice cream lol

  16. Courtney May 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM #

    just found your blog- we are so similar! 😀 and all your food is making me hungry 😛

    PS I ate chocolate fudge poptarts for breakfast every day as a kid, too.

  17. AlisonM May 2, 2011 at 12:57 AM #

    Hey, I’m really glad for you that you’re able to run again. I think in the early stages though you are absolutely right to play it cautious, especially with the change in footwear. Give your body the time to adapt back to running again — that way you’ll come back stronger 🙂

  18. Amy @ countrystrong21 May 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM #

    I absolutely love Ben & Jerry ice-cream! My favorite is the half-baked twisted one with cookie dough and brownie batter. Can you say yum?!

  19. littlehealthjunkie May 3, 2011 at 3:57 AM #

    I LOVE this post! (as I always do w/ your blog!) 🙂 But like half the foods in here are either ben&jerrys or cake…two of my most FAVORITE things! ahah I love it:) AND I’ve always wanted to try a spin class but have still yet to do it…maybe this weekend will be my day! do you find yourself getting a real good workout in (like you would from running) when you spin? personally, I LOVE that sweat and runners high you get and I’m worried I wouldn’t feel that same way…although yoga’s high is amazing too:)

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