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A list of stuff I’ve done recently that doesn’t matter because it wasn’t running

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Day 8 of not running. But who’s counting, eh?

Me! That’s who.

If I wasn’t so lazy and numbers didn’t bore me so much, I’d tell you how many hours it’s been since I last ran. It’s a pretty big number, I know that much.

The good news is that I haven’t killed anybody. The bad news is that I apparently woke up screaming in pain in the middle of last night thanks to my knee. It seems that, when I’m asleep, I have a tendency for drama. Luckily I don’t remember any of this in the morning.

It’s been a pretty uneventful week, to say the least. I’ve been limping my way to and from work and didn’t stray very far from the bed on the weekend either. But the fact that nothing is going on doesn’t stop me from giving you a really long and detailed update on all the nothing that’s been happening. All the hours that I would normally have spent running on a regular week have now been filled with other activities. So let’s recap. Over the last week, instead of running, I:

– Complained about how much my knee hurts.

– Got a full-body massage and fixed the back and neck pains that the marathon had caused.

– Went to a rock concert hours later and got some of those problems back, as well as adding “ears” to the list of sore body parts.

– Told everyone about the marathon (I swear I’ll shut up, people. One day. But really, a marathon!)

– Complained about how much my knee hurts.

– Iced my knee

I bothered with the towel in the beginning but now I just put the peas right onto my knee. I switch between different frozen vegetables to shake things up a little, since I'm basically ALWAYS icing my knee these days. I'm doing it right now, in fact. And you can't even tell from there! Such an exciting life.

I bothered with the towel in the beginning but now I just put the peas right onto my knee. I switch between different frozen vegetables to shake things up a little, since I’m basically ALWAYS icing my knee these days. I’m doing it right now, in fact. And you can’t even tell from there! Such an exciting life.

– Kept whichever pharmaceutical company manufactures Voltaren in business.

– Kept track of how many days I’ve gone without running

– Expected everyone to compliment me on the fact that I haven’t punched any of them even though I’m clearly two steps away from complete madness due to not being able to run.

– Talked some more about the marathon. Did I mention I ran a marathon?

– Iced my knee

– Read about running

Reading this book hasn't been helping much in the way of containing my rage. I WANT TO RUN! But I can't even go one step beyond where I am right now without limping.

Reading this book hasn’t been helping much in the way of containing my rage. I WANT TO RUN! But I can’t even go one step beyond where I am right now without limping.

– Made sure everyone in a 10km radius knew I’d run a marathon. Like, really, it was an entire freaking marathon!

– Slept in until 10:20 on a Saturday and 10 on a Sunday instead of getting up before the cat in order to run. So much free time, what do you guys do with it?

– Avoided the foam roller even though everyone tells me it’s the best thing since sliced bread (but they also add it hurts like hell and sliced bread doesn’t so that’s -10 points for the foam roller, +10 points for bread I don’t need to slice myself).

– Iced my knee

– Kept track of how many days it’s been since I last ran. Eight entire freaking days, and counting, in case you’d forgotten.

– Hung out with the cat more than the cat wishes I would

That's her "this is the longest this idiot has spent trying to play with me" face. I'm afraid there's plenty more to come, Zara! I haven't even told you all about my marathon yet!

That’s her “this is the longest this idiot has spent trying to play with me” face. I’m afraid there’s plenty more to come, Zara! I haven’t even told you all about my marathon yet!

– Signed up for half marathons (one of them less than a week from today) because making running plans is the only thing keeping me from absolute madness.

– Avoided the foam roller some more

– Drank beer

– Limped

– Faced the foam roller. Didn’t die. Not sure it helped either. Kinda meh. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, as soon as I can be bothered driving to the gym to use that thing again.

– Ate everything in sight. Fact: marathons will make you hungry.

You know how some people save special wines for special occasions? I do that with breakfast cereal. This box of cinnamon-flavoured cereal travelled from Portugal to New Zealand with me last October. I saved it for a celebration. Running a marathon qualified as special enough.

You know how some people save special wines for special occasions? I do that with breakfast cereal. This box of cinnamon-flavoured cereal travelled from Portugal to New Zealand with me last October. I saved it for a celebration. Running a marathon qualified as special enough.

– Realised that signing up for a half marathon in less than a week’s time was probably what some might call a “mistake”. By some, I mean every sane person on Earth.

– Iced my knee

– Got the Ice Ice Baby song stuck in my head

– Got excited about being able to take 10 steps without pain, only to realise the pain is back and the next 10 steps are going to be agony

– Researched post marathon blues on the internet and found out that they’reย a thing. But, fear not, there are cures.

– Drank wine

Two different types of wine. There have been more. I don't complain so much about this part. Post-marathon hydration is important.

Two different types of wine. There have been more. I don’t complain so much about this part. Post-marathon hydration is important.

– Dropped the marathon into every possible conversation. You have an iPhone? That’s cool. That’s the one with the Apple-shaped logo, isn’t it? Fruit is awesome. I had a banana before I ran a marathon last week.

– Complained about how much my knee hurts.

– Bragged about the marathon.

You guys. My knee hurts. Like, really, it’s time it stops hurting now. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 things: runner’s knee, ITB syndrome or gangrene. Just kidding. Don’t look it up on Google Images. Oh, you just had to, didn’t you? That’s gross.

Anyway, it’s probably one of the first two. Before you tell me that I should go see my doctor, I know. I know. I’ll get onto it soon. Give it another day or two. Don’t make me admit that I’m really terrified the doctor is going to tell me I can’t run for a month or two. Heads will roll and probably not just in a metaphorical overly dramatic way.

Because have I mentioned it’s been 8 days since I last ran?

But also, I ran a marathon eight days ago. So there’s that.

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22 thoughts on “A list of stuff I’ve done recently that doesn’t matter because it wasn’t running

  1. People that make me laugh are adorable. You are adorable. Zara is also adorable but in the traditional way.
    Don’t you hate how you take for granted pain-free-ness until you have pain? Hope your knee feels better soon.

  2. Haha.. cute post.

    And foam rollers are amazing. Like hurts-so-good-makes-you-wanna-cry amazing. For real.

    And girl, YOU RAN A FREAKING MARATHON!! WHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Zara really looks like she is thinking. What breed is she anyway? Congrats on the marathon, I’m hoping survive to mine, then I can brag the same. I already talk my friend’s ears off about it. I’m sure they’ll be glad when I stop(AS IF!!!!!!!!)

  4. So happy bananas lead you to marathons. Lol. Needed that laugh.

  5. Hey! Well, you don’t want to hear it, but what is stopping you from going to a doctor? There’s nothing bad about it and the doctor won’t steal your excitement and achievement about the marathon! Finally he could be the one to help you in your moments of pain. And he maybe could tell you what is going on… there is nothing worse than to start running too early if you have a serious injury – it will just become worse and you might as well not be able to run for months (as you write). If you might get REASONABLE I suggest you to go to a sport doctor (a specialist) instead of an ordinary doctor.
    Please, be WISE and do it! It’s not fun to read a post about you being in pain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I know I know I know! You’ll be glad to know that I’m heading to the doctor tomorrow morning! Let’s see what he says. It’s getting better, though, just not as fast as I want it to get better. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the wise advice, as usual Beat. I’m all up for New York now. Your move! Haha!

  6. Yes. I think running a marathon definitely qualifies as “special enough” to break out that cereal. Congrats on RUNNING A MARATHON!

  7. Love this post it is real and honest and you don’t see that a lot. First of all, you should tell everyone you ran a marathon, because that is freaking awesome. I am sorry about the knee and hope it will get better for you soon. I have had some serious injuries before and I used to count days without running as well, and fill the time with complaining about running and reading about running, apparently that’s a runner thing to do.

  8. Well at least you aren’t having a pity party…..

  9. What a cute quirky post. Feel better fast… Frozen peas are my favorite ice pack ever, followed shortly behind by frozen corn.

  10. So I am crossing the barrier from facebook to blogging (um why have I not been subscribed to your blog before…you are awesome first and foremost). Your knee problem sounds a bit like when I ripped my knee tendon (as bad as that sounds it took about 2 weeks of no running to heal…not really all that bad). Also I did that after a long run of going fast. But I can completely relate to time off and not killing anyone. Whenever I get injured, I go into hybrination so I don’t exactly kill anyone…true story.

    Have I mentioned I’m going to now proceed to stalk your blog for a while. Don’t mind me LOL.

  11. Keep bragging ๐Ÿ™‚ Marathon pride forever, pain temporary.

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