Keeping Sane When You Cannot Run

Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner). and you should too.

This is a topic that no runner wants to write about.

It’s so popular to say “Running is my Therapy.” But what if it is really true.

What can you do if you cannot run?

Find a new hobby.

It could be knitting, doing a puzzle or an adult coloring book.

It has to be something that you find enjoyable and that keeps you occupied during the time you would be running.

Stay Active.

Walk if you can. Ride a bike. Do yoga. Swim. Work out.

Find a physical activity to temporarily replace running.

Spend time with family and friends.

You have more time now that you do not have to run or have scheduled races.

Contact those people you haven’t spend time with lately and plan get togethers.

Stay positive.

No sense focusing on those DNSed races and missed runs.

Plan for the future. But new shoes or a new outfit. Pick a new race or running goal.

Happy Running! Any other tips? Share it here!

12 thoughts on “Keeping Sane When You Cannot Run

  1. Crosstraining has always kept me sane when I couldn’t run. The other thing I do, and I know this sounds crazy but it really works: I listen to my running playlists when I walk.


  2. I love the “buy new shoes or new outfit”. I am guilty of doing both. 🙂 Now that I am on break, I am hoping to finish “The Whistler” by John Grisham. I started reading it months ago but put it down because I didn’t make time for it. Now I am almost half done!

    Happy Holidays and thank you for linking up with us!

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  3. While running makes me a happier person, I don’t actually consider it my therapy. I do a lot of other mind-spirit type stuff — like I notice a large difference when I’m not meditating (which would be something awesome to start when you can’t do what you want, LOL) — I can even see my resting heart rate start to creep up when I’ve skipped it for a while.

    I guess there are some benefits to being a jack of all trades, so to speak. Which is not to say that I wouldn’t miss running if I couldn’t run.


    • You are so lucky to not have experienced very long layoff from running.

      Meditation is definitely not my thing. I don’t track my heart rate either. Everyone is different. You have to do what works for you.

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  4. Those shoes, though!

    I’m not buying any shoes until I get this boot off, and then… oh, boy, I hope brooks is ready for me.

    I have struggled with finding activities. My focus has been off (pain medications and lack of sleep do a number on me), so it’s been hard to focus. I hope now that I am more mobile, I can do more things.

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