Warning: Frustrated Runner Ahead

Let me just get this out there…this was not a pretty week from a training standpoint. My run in the rain on Tuesday included slipping on an oil slick in the road – while I didn’t go down, I ended up gimpy.  A cranky left knee meant there was no more running until I attempted Saturday morning’s long run. I managed to eek out 6.5 miles – they weren’t easy, but got them done. This girl is not a happy camper…

But, I’m not going to wallow. I can keep my cardio going on the Arc Trainer; so while I will try to run again this week, there may need to be more cross-training.

I’m happy to say that I’m 22 days into the Winter Challenge, and my BGR team has moved into the top 5 teams for total mileage!  Since the Challenge allows for both walking and running, I can keep contributing to my team even if it needs to be a brisk walk.

I’m meeting up with Trainer Stacy on Wednesday, and just joined a 10 x 10 plank challenge started by one of my fellow SPIbelt ambassadors (10 mins of planking every day for 10 days) – so there will be a big focus on strength work this week.

And, hopefully there will be some running…fingers crossed!

Tell me – how do you keep busy when you can’t run?

Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the #WeeklyWrap. 



  1. Hoping you recover fully and can run again soon!
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  2. Ugh! I hope your knee is 100% soon! It’s so frustrating when things like that happen.
    Coco recently posted…A Dynamic Running Warm Up For Winter RunningMy Profile

  3. Ugh to the oil slick! I had an ice incident, so I know what you speak of! I’m so surprised I stayed upright…

    Feel better! And keep on planking. That core strength will pay off.
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  4. Oh, OUCH!!!! I love all that planking you have on tap! LIke you, I also try to keep my cardio up when I can’t do it in the running shoes…usually walking or stair climbing (but the stairs might not be good for your knee). I slipped on the ice last week…and didn’t go down too hard, but my poor hamstring got pretty over-extended. Not pretty!
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  5. Sorry to hear that you have not been able to run lately. Hopefully soon enough you will be back out there. Planking every day sounds like a good challenge, I rarely do that!
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  6. So very frustrating when you slip and tweak something! Hopefully you get some relief and it does not become a nagging issue for you. My week was pretty solid al though the majority of training has been indoors with a sick kiddo at home.

  7. Oh, no! Those slips can be just as hard on our bodies as a fall. I’m dealing with a little issue myself. Cross training will be on my schedule too in the form of cycling. I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for linking, Michelle!

  8. Yikes! Sorry about the slip. I hope it’s nothing serious. With this hamstring my running has been minimal and sloooow. Very frustrating. Spinning and swimming have been my go-to substitutes.
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  9. Oh man, slipping while on the run is one of my biggest fears, so sorry that happened to you! I hope your knee feels better ASAP!

    Glad to hear the challenge is going well! And you’re gonna do 10 minutes of planks?! I couldn’t even work my way up to 5 minutes, so kudos!
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  10. Be careful out there!! I do everything I can when I’m not running, which is a regular thing now. Hiking, walking, biking, yoga, bodypump. You name it. If my knee likes it, I do it!! Hoping for a speedy recovery for you!
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  11. Wow 10 minutes of planking a day is huge! I am not sure I could plank for that long but of course now I want to try. Hope you have a better week this week. We have also had a lot of rainy runs this week no fun
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  12. I hope your slip doesn’t cause any longer term problems than it already has. These days I get very nervous running in the rain when the temps are lower because of a fear of iciness – now I’ve got to be concerned about oil slicks! Stay safe out there!
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  13. So sorry you slipped! When I was injured, I weight lifted and spent time on the elliptical machine. Hope this week goes better for you!

  14. ooch! I hope your knee gets better soon! I was injured once a few years and couldn’t run for 3 months. It was SO HARD. I ended up just doing a lot of lifting and strength training to keep up my fitness as much as possible.

  15. Good to rest that knee till it is completely healed. That must have been a scary mishap!

  16. Ack! This does not sound fun. I’m sorry to hear about your cranky knee. When I can’t run I cycle. It gets boring and hard to reach the same intensity but it’s better than nothing.

  17. I am so sorry you are not running yet. Hoping you get some good news soon because you deserve it!
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  18. Eek! I’m sorry to hear about the oil slick!
    Carmy recently posted…Easy Tomato Potato Soup + Monday on the Run #59My Profile

  19. I’m sorry. It’s hard to have sucky weeks. 🙁 You got this girl!

  20. Ugh! So sorry you’re hurt!

    If I can’t run I walk or I bike. I will do yoga and get myself into spin and HIIT classes. Granted, I go crazy on the inside, but I do try to keep myself busy.
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  21. oh no! I hope you are feeling better! I am still not healed from my fall- takes forever 🙁
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  22. Ugh! I hate falling! But glad you have an ARC trainer to use – that is probably my favorite piece of gym equipment!

  23. Sorry to hear you hurt your knee. Being injured is the worst … I’m still sorting out an injury. I try to focus on other activities like yoga, soccer or skiing at the moment.

  24. Hope your knee feels better soon!!

    About 2 years ago, I had issues with plantar fasciitis and I realized I needed to do something for a while that didn’t pound my feet. So I switched to road cycling for the summer, and fell in love with it! Now I do both. I wasn’t happy to have the injury, but in a way I was glad that it gave me the incentive to try something new that I ended up really liking.
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  25. I did the 5-minute plank a day for 7 days and I really could feel my abs burning! Course I did wait and try to do it all in one setting with as few a breaks as I could muster.
    10 minutes a day would really be challenging for sure! Good luck with that! 🙂

  26. So sorry, I totally understand how frustrating it is to not be able train the way you want. Hope you are able to get back to it as soon as possible.
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  27. Ah so sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you recover fast and you’re ok to run again soon!!
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  28. So annoying when things like that happen! Not like a SERIOUSLY injury but something annoying like that where you have to take some days off or cross train. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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