Five things I learned during my month off from ALL exercise

Five things I learned during my month off from ALL exercise

When I found out I was suffering from a stress fracture on the top of my left foot AND something with my ligament in my left ankle, my heart sunk. I was told that I was not permitted to do any weight-bearing exercise, and that left me with riding a bike (in the freezing cold) and sitting in a chair to do strength work.

If you know me, you know I do not like cycling. It has never been my thing. I enjoy spinning, but I don’t go right now because #pandemic. I don’t want to spend the money on a Pelaton as much as I’d love one. And…sitting in a chair to “exercise” would make me cry.

So, I stopped. I did nothing for four weeks. Nothing! No walking, no strength training, no cycling — I did nothing.

And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made. Here’s what I learned during my workout hiatus.

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5 Tips For Safe Run Streaking

5 Tips For Safe Run Streaking

Welcome to Coronarunning: Everyone is on a run streak because we may or may not be able to stomach another virtual race!

Okay — maybe not everyone is on a run streak. But a lot of people are, and that’s a little concerning as an RRCA run coach.

We had a discussion in our certified coaches group about how on one hand, we preach that rest days are “so important,” but on the other hand (and due to the pandemic), run streaks have become the new 5K (statistically, 5K is the most popular racing distance). So, what gives?

As both a distance runner and running coach, I have thought about this, and I really do think there are ways for every runner out there to complete a run streak. There are right and wrong ways to do it, though — and the following five tips will help you start and finish a run streak safely.

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