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Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Running, Serious Stuff | 11 comments

34 Days

Yesterday was a big day for me. Yesterday I leashed up Ob for a run. It was the first time we’ve ran together in 34 days. I didn’t wear my Garmin. I didn’t worry about how far I would go or how fast I could run. I just ran. And since I didn’t run with my Garmin and Ob can’t talk, let’s say I ran at a 6 minute mile pace.

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34 days may not sound like a crazy long time to some people, but 34 days of not running and working out has been huge for me. In January, I got a PR in a half marathon and in the beginning of February I was told by my doctor that I would have to put my running shoes away for a little while. My mind is continually blown by how fast life can change. I’m okay (no terminal diseases here), but running just hasn’t been in the cards for me. Simple tasks (like standing over the stove to cook dinner and walking the dogs) have been too physically exhausting. Thankfully, I think I’m turning a corner this week and starting to get some of my energy back. Hence, the glorious run with Ob. 🙂

Can I take a minute to sing Dave’s praises?

My sweet man

He has gone above and beyond to make life easier for me the last several weeks. He has sat on the bathroom floor with me while I’ve cried tears of frustration about not being able to run (I’m such a gem). He’s brought medicine and food up to my office on several occasions. He’s cooked the majority of our meals, washed the dishes, cleaned the house and walked the dogs solo for the last month. And he’s done it all without complaining. He has seen the needs of me and our house and met those needs without ever being asked. His servant’s heart has blessed me more than he will ever know. I think having a partner that you can have fun with is SO important, but having someone who strives to alleviate your burdens in the rough patches of life is equally as important. I’m a lucky duck.

My mom has also been amazing. She’s cooked gallons of homemade soups and countless casseroles for us. We’ve devoured every last bite and I don’t even care that bikini season is right around the corner for us Floridians. I’ll wear a cute beach cover-up if it means I get to enjoy her southern food.

The last several weeks have been tough. I haven’t been able to run. I haven’t had a lot of energy to get creative in the kitchen, play with Ob & Marley or even write blog posts. But, I’ve grown a little (and not just from the casseroles). I’ve learned that I’m more than a machine. Measuring your runs is great, but measuring your life by how much you run or how much you can get done in a day isn’t so great. I’ve realized a completed to-do list doesn’t make for a complete person. To a certain extent, I was measuring a lot of my life by how challenging my workouts could be and how much I could squeeze in a day. Unfortunately, that is the wrong measuring stick. Sometime we get so caught up in making sure our make-up is done, our hair is perfectly styled and our legs are toned that we forget to devote some attention to preparing our hearts for the day. Don’t get me wrong; I’ll continue to swear by the powers of mascara, blush, a good straightner and squats. But, I think it is important to make sure we spend an appropriate amount of time making sure our hearts are focused on the right things.

Running is a wonderful blessing. It is something I hope and plan do for decades to come. But I’m thankful it isn’t all I have. I’m thankful I have friends and family who pour into me. I’m thankful that my life isn’t measured by how great I run or even my ability to run.

Being forced to rest for over a month has also taught me the following:

  • Watching countless hours of Friends is an awesome way to spend a weeknight 
  • My couch is super comfortable (I think I only sat on it twice before February)
  • A Duck Dynasty marathon is always a good choice
  •  Sleeping in until the last possible second and then getting ready for work in less than 15 minutes isn’t a bad way to live
  • When I’m not breaking a sweat, I can go 4 days without washing my hair before people begin to notice

Thanks for reading, friends! And thanks for all your comments. I read them all and every single one of them makes my day. I missed your faces last week and I’m looking forward to sharing lots of workouts and recipes with you in the weeks to come! Just don’t ever forget….life is more than workouts!

Tell me, what’s the longest you’ve gone without working out? Did you hate it or sort of love it? 





  1. Not being able to work out is a terrible feeling. Because usually, for me anyway, a workout always end up being the thing I think would make me feel the best. I’ve never had an injury, but I’ve been forced to skip the gym for at least a week because of crazy hours at work. Working my frustrations out at the gym would’ve been ideal, but it’s just not always possible. I don’t know all the details of what kept you away, but I’m so happy for you that you’re back at it! And I think you learned some very valuable lessons.. especially the thing about not washing your hair 😉 Great post!
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    • Taryn, I totally agree with you. Workouts make me feel so much better – especially mentally! I swear this last month I’ve felt the effects of not running/working out far more mentally than I have physically. I’ve been going stir-crazy!

  2. I kid you not, I was a day away from writing you an email to check in – so glad to have you back and blogging 🙂 I feel like if I commented everything I am thinking, my comments would be as long as your post. So I will make this short and sweet, family and friends make life so amazing, I am really happy to read how incredible Dave and your mom especially have been. You are so right that it is important to focus on what matters the most in life. I definitely could benefit from a renewed perspective a lot of days. Okay, sorry for the novel. But happy you are back and back to running!! 🙂
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    • Thanks for the sweet comment, Kate! I’m counting down to Blend!! I can’t believe it is already March! Hurry up, May!

  3. HI! There you are! Like Kate said, I was wondering where you were!!!! I’m glad that you are feeling better and were able to go for a run– that is awesome. Dave sounds like a saint- definitely a keeper, that one.
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  4. It’s great to see you in such a happy place! I also love the 4 day hair thing, if I don’t work out (Saturday) I won’t shower, I just don’t think about it. I worry that if I didn’t work out I wouldn’t shower daily, not that that is horrible… I have tested my hair and it can go an impressive amount of time before getting greasy, love it. Longest with no work outs… I’d say maybe a week? It’s been a while since that happened though!
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  5. So sorry for everything you’ve been going through! Sounds like you’re blessed with a pretty good support system though ♥ I love everything you said about making sure we’re using the right measuring stick!! God works in mysterious ways, and it sounds like you’ve been redirected to a lot of things that will really keep you focused on the best parts of life 🙂 You’re def in my prayers, and I’m sending lots of good vibes that you’re back to feeling 100% soon! ♥
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  6. So glad that you and Ob got a run in. I have no idea what you are going through, but I had a stress fracture a few years ago and had to take a 6 week break from running and it was one of the hardest times. Looking forward to hearing more from you! Happy thoughts to you. 🙂
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  7. I go nuts when I can’t get a good sweaty workout in. Hope you are on the mend and all is well. Glad to hear you’re back hitting the pavement!
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  8. Hey Ashley! 🙁 Super bummer about the running. Funny… I am having a very similar experience over (up?) here in PA. My hip is out.of.whack. Runnig went from glorious to PAINFUL. Sad face 🙁 or two 🙁 🙁

    I went from best shape since kiddos–bootcamp 3x a week RUnning 4x a week. To two weeks off and counting. Not sure where to go with this. Had the chiro align me but it didn’t fix it, as it has in the past. PT? ugh? I don’t know.

    I too have used the time to reflect and reevaluate. Facebook and I broke up. It was hard, but my REAL life is way cooler. (I miss the pics and laughs don’t get me wrong, but not as much as I was missing with the 4 kids). Trying to TAKE CARE of ME, and THEM, and our HOUSE, and OUR MARRIAGE, oh..and the dog–poor Henry 🙁 Worry less about how many miles I get in and when and worry MORE about making the kids laugh and Ian wonder “Really….?????” 😉 ha!!

    I too hope to be pounding pavement soon. And APPRECIATING it so much more when I can. But in the meantime. Life happens……
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