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Persistent tendonitis has sidelined me. After numerous doc visits, it's been decided that I will take June and July off; I will attempt a V E R Y S L O W recovery come August.

I shouldn't have been running this last winter; I was taking boatloads of ibuprofen to stave off the pain. This resulted in major stomach pain!

I'm very very frustrated. I don't like not having an outlet for my stress. I also don't like not training. Training gives me something to focus on; it soothes my frazzled nerves. I've also gained major weight.

So I decided this morning that I'd take the energy I usually spend on training my body physically with running and spend it training my body mentally regarding food. Emotional eating has long been an enemy of mine; I've tried so many different ways to tackle this issue. This is a new way of looking at it; maybe it'll work this time? Instead of just focusing on the little things (food diary - which I have a hard time filling out!), I can look at it with a bigger-picture idea in mind. Maybe I can look at my food diary as a training log. You know, small little things like that to tweak my viewpoint. Maybe, even though I can't run, use the elliptical machine or row, I can still do the same training-type things. Does any of this make sense or am I just rambling? Anyway, I'm hoping this tactic will help stop the upward movement on the scale and give me the satisfaction of training that I am missing.

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I know where you are coming from. I've been riding this running rollercoaster as well and I've had to find other places to channel my energy and also find ways to stay in shape without tearing myself apart. It isn't easy. I've been using a combination of low impact exercise at the gym and getting back into other things that I neglected while I was doing so much running.

I hope you find the balance you are looking for, Angie!

It definitely sucks to be injured. I hope the healing comes quickly. Have you tried swimming?

Hang in there Angie. I didn't know what I would do if I got injured, but since I discovered swimming I have options. Thanks for recommending that article in Trail runner about retraining after injuries - I realized that I shouldn't take too much time off after events or I'll lose all the fitness I worked for. As far as food goes, the South beach diet has totally helped guide my food choices, and it's only a few weeks of "retraining" appetite. I used to keep a food journal but don't anymore because to me it was just another form of obsessing. More art projects!

Hi Angie!

Yeah, you need to explore swimming! And in Tuscon it'll probably be pretty awesome for swimming in the next few months.

Also in the meantime read Born to Run - it might shed some light on your injuries. I've switched my running to light-weight flats and VFFs and my hamstring/ITB problems vanished.

stay happy

Ki Angie,

Long time no speak, but yeah, you should give swimming a try. 0 impact and still a good workout, it might even help with your recovery too.

I skipped over to your blog from someone else's. Taking two whole months off from running, huh? Boy. I'm experiencing a string of injuries myself right now. Everyone is recommending swimming, to you too. Might be a great option. I'm tired of injuries. If you want to check out my blog, you may be entertained. ;)

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