How Do You Deal with Not Being Able to Run?

For the first time ever I am sidelined from running due to an injury.

Something is wrong with my right knee.

Running Injury

A few days ago it was feeling sore. It’s felt sore before so I didn’t really think anything of it. I simply re-arranged my running schedule to give myself a couple of rest and XT days in a row and thought I’d be good to go.

In fact, yesterday I woke up and my knee wasn’t sore at all – it felt completely back to normal!

Even though I felt fine physically, I didn’t run yesterday because I wanted to give my knee a little extra love. I did go walking on the treadmill @ incline 6 and speed of 3.0 (20 min. mile). In other words it was a very easy walk that I would normally equate to a stroll in the park.

Unfortunately I woke up in the middle of the night with my knee/leg feeling REALLY uncomfortable. Then throughout the day today it went from uncomfortable to kind of painful to OMG I can’t wait to get home and ice this bad boy.

Ice is the only thing that makes it feel better.


The thing is, I’ve been having the most stressful week ever at work and when I get home all I want to do is run!

Having to sit on the couch with an ice pack just isn’t doing anything for me.

I need to run. But I know I shouldn’t.

Over the course of the past year I have become really in sync with my body and understand it in a way I never have before. I know when something is just sore/tight and I can push through it, and when I need to take a rest.

Right now I need to rest it.

I think I may have pinched or aggravated a nerve.

I’ve pinched a nerve in my shoulder before and it feels like that — not quite as painful but very similar. Ugh.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that rest and ice will cure me quickly.

I’ve got a girls weekend planned with my mom this weekend for my birthday so I’ll be taking it easy through Sunday, but I really want to get back at it on Monday.

I’m seriously craving a big helping of RUN.

How do you deal with not being able to run?

How many miles are you logging this week?

Leave a comment and let me live vicariously through you! 



  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    August 1, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    That otter! I am dying of the cuteness!

    When I can’t run, I try to do something else like the elliptical or rowing machine. I hate when I get injured, which is why I’m kind of a pansy about pushing through pain on a hard run.

    Today I sat through 5 hours of lectures, but I found out I got a raise! So…not a terrible day!

      • Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
        August 2, 2013 / 11:40 pm

        Thanks girl! It was a nice surprise, to say the least!

  2. Elizabeth Mehrkens
    August 3, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    Right now I’m working on getting rid of shin splints, and a knee that just started swelling and causing pain. I hate not being able to stick to my schedule but I know if I don’t rest it could put me out longer. On my rest days I focus on stretching and core strength. If I can get my long run in by tomorrow my miles for the week will be 15. Next week I have 20 miles on the schedule. Hope you heal fast so you can get back to running!

    • August 6, 2013 / 1:08 am

      Hey Elizabeth, thanks so much! I finally found out what’s wrong: I have sciatica (aggravated my sciatic nerve). Now that I know what’s wrong and what I need to do to manage the pain, I’m back to working out out and tomorrow I’ll be running again – can’t wait!!

      Hope your shin splints and knee are feeling better and you’ll be able to get some running in this week 🙂

      • Elizabeth Mehrkens
        August 6, 2013 / 8:15 pm

        Ouch, I hope you heal fast. I found out my knee pain is a MCL sprain. Won’t be putting in 20 miles. One to two weeks off only running sooner if ALL pain is gone. Super bummed. I can work with shin splints but not the sprain. The ONLY thing that fixes that is to stay off of it and ice. I’m going to have to live vicariously through you now. haha Enjoy your workout and run!

        • August 6, 2013 / 9:58 pm

          Oh man, that’s a bummer but it could be worse! Two weeks off isn’t TOO bad – imagine if it was a full month! Oy!

          • Elizabeth Mehrkens
            August 7, 2013 / 1:36 am

            Yeah, but I was just coming back from almost two weeks off because of the shin splints. I just want to run!! haha

  3. Nicole Rubackin Hayward
    August 11, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    I love your post, especially the picture. I hope you do not mind but I used it on my post.