The No-Running Diet

Diet is a four letter word. But today I’m not talking food diet, I’m talking exercise diet.

So I run. Not everyday, but consistently. In the spring when I was training for a half-marathon, I was running four days a week. After the half I didn’t feel like running all that much, so I was run free for a good three weeks. Then during the summer I was motivated by a running partner to get out at least twice a  week.

This fall I started to feel good about running again. I was starting to get into the rhythm and enjoy a good run outside, even out in the snow. My mileage was staying between 6 and 10 km, but it felt good.

Then a couple of weeks ago I start to feel a pain in my heel. A pain that would hit at the beginning of runs. Or after my run, or after other activities when I was just sitting.

Shit, I thought. Shit. I had an inkling about what this was. But I put off going to the doctors, because I’m lazy.

But yesterday I got the confirmation I’d been dreading.

Dx: planter fasciitis

Tx: take a break from running.

at least three to four weeks. Wow. Well. I was expecting orthotics, but you know, instead I’m on a running diet

At least I really enjoy doing other activities….right? But the thing is, for the past year or so, my exercise schedule has been done around running. As in I plan my other exercise as cross training to running. But now that’s not my focus, or it can’t be. In fact the doctor kept muttering about how “tight” I am and said that I should work on my flexibility, hip and core strength since those were rather lacking apparently.

So here’s my question blog world, what other exercises do you do besides running? And how do you plan gym workouts and that sort of thing?



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12 responses to “The No-Running Diet

  1. I just had to take five weeks off from running due to a torn tendon in my right foot so I feel your pain! I found that swimming and biking were the best thing for me because I could still get my heart rate up and feel good the way I do when I’m running.

    I also would do strength training classes at the gym and I recently started doing a lot of hot yoga. I know it sounds terrible but I promise the 3-4 weeks will fly by and you’ll be running again before you know it 🙂

    • Thanks! I hope so too. Swimming and biking are definitely up on my list of sports to do. It’s going to sound weird, but I’m totally cool with time off from running, the only thing I miss is the convenience; clothes, bra, runners, lock door, and bam good to go. Most other things require a little more effort.

  2. COME TO YOGA WITH MEEEEE. That is all.

    I will miss you as my run buddy for the next month – therefore why we should go to yoga.

    Or you could come climbing.

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  4. Yoga – it will definitely help with the flexibility. Im far bendier now that I ever used to be, and I fully credit yoga.

  5. Hey love!! Hahaha, I have put my running on the back burner right now as I haven’t been craving it 😉 I have been doing the workouts and love them!

    I actually have lost weight since doing it over 2 weeks!

    Have a great day!


    • Bronwyn Coyne

      Haha! Cool. I’ll have to check that out. It’s weird, I also got sick this week (perfect timing no?) and haven’t exercised since a salsa dance class on monday… and for once I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve been doing more walking, which is nice. Weight gain is definitely a fear of mine, and I hate to admit it, but part of my “addiction” to running is the idea that it burns so many calories in a shorter amount of time, and that’s no way to live or exercise.

  6. Swimming!! Would definitely be easy on your ankle!

  7. Yay – I can contribute to this post! 😀

    I saw your comment about what you wanted to be when you grew up on Life After Bagels. When I clicked to see your blog I was intimidated by your gorgeous photos and discussion about cooking (2 ares in which I have very little natural talent.)

    But I totally have a great workout that I used to complement my training for a half-marathon – I still do the work out but not the running. It’s called Super Slow and it’s based on lifting very heavy weights at a very slow speed in order to trigger muscle failure. It’s quick, intense and there’s no sweating! (Yay!)

    Here’s my blog about it:

    • Haha! Aw! I don’t mean to intimidate. Awesome, that’s a different kind of weight lifting idea. I think I’ll have to look into that book. 🙂 And don’t worry, I think photography and cooking are two areas where you can learn a lot of the “talent”.

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