Running Thoughts + Cookbook giveaway

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 1, 2009

fitnessAfter looking at my training plan for the 10k, I know I’m not going to be ready in time. It is only 8 days away and for me to work up my mileage I would be over doing it in the next week.

As much as I want to run this 10k, I think it is best to take it slow. I have been doing really well easing back into my exercise over the past month and a half and I would hate to have to ruin it now by forcing it.

I still feel quite delicate and tender in my injury area at times, so I believe this is a sign to keep taking things easy on myself.

Lately I have come to the realization that I may never be a runner. My body might not be cut out for that type of wear and tear. If I am going out on the road and always feeling sore the next day perhaps my body is trying to tell me something. And if I need to wear knee sleeves to protect my knees, is it worth putting my body through it at all?

Obviously, these are hard and difficult questions because I love running so very much. I really love it. But sometimes, I need to realistically evaluate my body’s capabilities.

I guess the only answer is to keep listening to my inner voice. It is always right. When it tells me to rest I should listen to it, no matter how much I want to hit the road for a run.

I am just going to keep taking it slow, one day at a time. I am going to try to avoid making plans with respect to running because I find it can leave me feeling frustrated if I don’t meet them.

To take a positive spin on things, I really want to try to incorporate new activities into my life this spring and summer. Eric and I still plan on trying indoor rockclimbing and going mountain biking. I also want to try out new ideas too.

Does anyone have any ideas for fun, new activities that I can try? Leave a comment below!

I think if I found other activities that I enjoy, it would make the whole running thing a lot easier to deal with!

Here is a fun activity Eric and I (And Sketchie) did last night:


I love me some ping pong!


For the time being I am still avoiding activities that put pressure on my injury. For example, I am not playing volleyball because of the quick stopping and starting movements.


Upcoming Contest Giveaway!

PETA recently sent me their new Vegan Cookbook called “PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: 275 easy, cheap, and delicious recipes to keep you vegan at school”


I am eager to try it out! It is filled with super easy recipes.


I plan on giving one away with a contest and then putting one up for auction in my Shop 4 A Cause.


If you have an idea of what type of contest I could do, please leave a comment below!

Ok, I’m off to have lunch (lentil stew leftover- yum!) and then leave for a delivery. Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!


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Marissa May 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Oh, spicy watermelon? I like it!


Heather May 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I think it’s so important to listen to your body and only push yourself to a point that is comfortable for you. I love how in touch you are with your body! I feel the exact same way as you. I love running… it give you such a rush and jolt of energy! I’m just not sure if I’ll ever be much of a runner. Therefore, I do incorporate running, but I never measure my own distances and speeds based on what others are doing. However, I tend to do more longer-distance speed walking instead. I do yoga at least every other day, and pilates about 2 or 3 times a week. I also love tennis! My brother and I always get some games going in the summer! Biking is another great one. I think you should look at this as an oportunity to try to new activities and find new passions! Ever tried kickboxing? Have fun!

OH! I would just LOVE this cookbook! I’ll be going to college in a year, and this would be PERFECT! Can’t wait for the giveaway!


Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Dancing! You should take a dance class! They are so much fun, great exercise, and a great artistic outlet. I don’t know what kind of contest you should have, but I definitely want to win it! Maybe a guessing game with a picture clue or something like that.


Jodi May 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

How about rollerblading? Hubby and I just got new rollerblades and are exited to spend some nice summer evenings skating and chatting. There’s some great deals out there too! :)


Susan May 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I was planning on doing a 10k the same day as you, and I’ve decided on a 5k instead. I wanted to do the 10k soooo bad. But it’s my first race ever, and I think I was setting my sights too high. It’s a bummer, but I’m also a little relieved. I was stressing about it (especially since it’s on the same day as my graduation!) and it dawned on me that I wanted to do the race for FUN, and stressing about it was not FUN!!! Don’t worry about it, there will be lots more races or other fun opportunities in your future!


hyang May 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

awesome giveaway!
i really want to try the recipes


jayme May 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

i hope i win this one. I LOVE VEGAN food!


jk May 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

thank you for this giveaway. you’re too wonderful


june May 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Great way to get a workout in ;]

i would love to win the book


junghwa May 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

great giveaway! check out my giveaway if you have the time


Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I have actually been having some similar thoughts on my running. I DO love it so so much but doing all the running while trying to make my 1000 mile goal really has wore me out. I found I started to DREAD the work outs… and to be honest, this isn’t a way to view exercise that is supposed to make us feel good. I have this dream of running a half marathon or marathon someday and I do feel frustrated at myself for the possibility that I might not make it.

Love that cookbook!! I may just have to bid on that!! :)


Amanda May 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I love sneaking in little workouts like that! Some friends and I went bowling last weekend – I think the bowling cancelled out the beer! I would definitely recommend walking, hiking, biking, and even rollerblading!! When the weather is nice, I just love to get outside and move!


Christina May 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I’m trying to find outdoorsy stuff for me and my boyfriend to do this summer too! We’re getting a group of people together to go white water rafting and I also wanna go kayaking. Horseback riding too but I don’t know if I can convince him on that one!


Jenny May 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I think you are definitely doing the right thing Angela. Listening to our bodies can be SO hard sometimes, but it’s true that it’s always the best thing. I think all those new activities sound fun! You can do it :)

Ooo I want that PETA cookbook, but I’m not too creative in the contest department…


Marci May 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

O this looks so good, I would love this.


Run sarah May 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

You could have a vegan recipe contest of some sort? Kudos for listening to your body, sometimes I find that so hard to do.


Courtney May 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

How about the best ideas on another form of exercise besides running? There are so many studies that say we were never meant to run long distance, and those people that can, are a rare breed, indeed.

I think it’s so smart that you’re not over-extending yourself. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone! Listen to your body, it wants to be a beautiful machine and work beautifully for you. :)


d'RC May 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Delurking to ask if you’ve looked into Chirunning. I only discovered your blog recently, so I’m catching up on your fitness program, but today’s post hit home for me. I love love love running, but have not been able to run pain free in 20 years. Until recently. I’ve taken a couple of chirunning classes and recently got myself a coach. It’s changed everything for me. It’s a practice – like yoga – but I’m a firm believer now. I don’t have to run in pain any more. Anyway, the website is chirunning DOT com and Danny Dreyer is my idol now. IMHO, the DVD and the book are a good start, but if you have the means to find a coach or take a class (just to get started), it’s well worth the money.
OK, I’m back to lurking. :) Happy weekend!


samantha May 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I was at the gym today with my friend and we talked about taking a Zumba class – it’s sort of a dance cardio class – sounds super fun! We’re going to try it next week!


Stephanie May 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I am going through the same struggles right now. Every single time I get really into my training and my stamina is starting to build up, BAM, my achillies tendon/plantars fascitis flare up. I am the same as you…”Is it really worth it?” So, since it’s my Birthday I decided that I am going to buy myself a hybrid bike to use in case I cannot run or I can just alternate biking and running. I totally feel your struggle. It’s so frustrating to like something so much and not be able to do it, huh?



Rosie May 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

How about some speed walking, long walks or walks with a purpose like going to see what is growing around your area, or animals in your area for info about bird feeders or whaever you might dream up. Swimming is the number one total fitness sport that works all of your body. It is pretty much injury free and if you plan to have kids, swimming skills are a great thing to have. Biking is great and the consevation areas have canoe rentals. Also the concervation areas have great biking, walking and jogging paths. A day for us at the conservation area starts with early morning fishing then a bike ride after that we will go canoeing and walk the paths to see what is going on in nature. It has a nice balance of hard work along with moving at a slower pace. Makes for a great day.


FoodsThatFit May 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

When I was dealing with knees issues and couldn’t run I got into road biking. I never thought I could love anything as much as running, but guess what I loved it just as much if not more :)


Rachel May 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

What’s strange is that I’m discovering the same thing. I was putting so much pressure on myself to run further (though not faster!) and it was stressing me out both physically and mentally. I’ve started doing more cross-training and am MUCH happier. Maybe I won’t ever run long distances, but if they’re not fun, why bother? I’m not an Olympic athlete and I’m not breaking anyone’s records (or hearts) by not running. If 5k with breaks to stop and smell the roses is what makes me happy, I’m gonna do it!

Have you tried spinning? It’s my favourite right now. It’s such a challenge but you feel amazing when you’re done!


Lara (Thinspired) May 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I’m so glad I read this post tonight. My 10k is next Sunday and my knee is still dodgy and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to run it. I’m pretty devastated (my injury is nothing compared to yours was but I don’t want it to get that far!) and I feel like kind of a loser. I think it’s really easy to underestimate what running does to our bodies.


Amanda May 1, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hm… maybe if I’d had that cookook when I lived in the Sorority I’d have managed to stay vegan.. though my reasons for stopping weren’t inconvenience, it wouldn’t have hurt. :P

Anyway, ideas as to what sort of challenge? Oh dearie me I don’t know! Maybe ask people what their favourite vegan recipe is, with a link or typing it up, and why?


Shelby May 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

A contest that makes me the winner!! haha ;)

I’ve been running here and there and my ankles kill everytime! I’m starting to do a bunch of yoga and it’s a lot better than putting tons of pressure on my joints! What about bike riding? That’s always fun =)


Maggie May 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I’ve realized that my body’s not meant for running. What I love love love is walking – especially incline walking now that I have access to a treadmill. My workouts tend to be a mix of walking (incline or speed or both at the same time), the stepper (this is new), YOGA, and occasionally pilates. I also enjoy dance videos :)


Sam May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

How Tall are you?


Chelsea May 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Just recently I decided something similar. I think I’m not really cut out to be a distance runner. For me it was several things: I got injured transitioning from running on the treadmill during the winter to running outside outside, I don’t handle the huge swings in energy level and eating that come with high volume training very well, and there are a lot of things that I enjoy that are hard to do when you have to get in a long run every weekend.

The things that I love about running are that it gives you a huge sense of accomplishment when you do a big race and it allows you to enjoy the outdoors so I knew I had to figure out a way to do both of those things. So right now I’m still running outside but only 3 days a week and for shorter distances and I’m concentrating on weight training and yoga so I can feel proud of my accomplishments in strength and flexibility- which are no less impressive!

I would say biking and rollerblading are good suggestions for getting outside for some exercise as is cross country skiing in the winter. Good luck with your decision. I know it’s a hard one.


Emily May 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

i loooove rock climbing! so much fun and it’s a great workout! plus it’s great for couples.

i’m finally learning to listen to my body and slow down once in a while. you only get one chance with what you’ve got! i don’t want to be elderly before i’m out of my twenties!


Kudret May 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I think you shouldn’t believe that you’ll “never be a runner” because everytime you get on that treadmill and run a mile or more–guess what: you are running! Don’t diminish your accomplishments for some view you have of running that overlooks your own accomplishments. That being said, you will increase your running slowly but surely overtime. Just listen to your inner voice. It’s the voice that counts in the long run!


laura May 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm

maybe you would like to try yoga or pilates, they are good workout too.
i will love to have this book because i see your food and recipies i started to cook.. i am a new cooker girl,


Lindsay May 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I love pilates and I find it a great workout. You can do a lot at home easily. I have done a couple of the dance type classes at my gym – Zumba is great! That cookbook would be a great one for me with my should be a vegetarian based on my blood type.


Melissa May 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Hey Ang~ I’ve been walking for 3 years and I don’t mean little walks either. 5-8 miles a day isn’t abnormal. So I decided that I would take up jogging. Suddenly I was having knee problems and leg pain, things I’d never experienced before. While it would be nice to be able to jog like everyone else I decided that the injury’s I seemed to suddenly be suffering from weren’t worth it. Hopefully you can figure out what will be best for your body!!! I guess maybe not all exercises are “one size fits all.” Have a great weekend!!


amy May 1, 2009 at 9:19 pm

What about cycling? I both run and cycle, and I am in LOVE with my bikes. It’s very rhythmic, like running, and as long as the bike is properly fit to you there should be little chance of knee pain.

I’d recommend a good solid touring/road bike. It won’t burn as many calories as running, but it definitely tones you, and is a great cardio and endurance workout.


MaryBe May 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

You are smart to listen to your body.
And summer makes me think of GOLF!


BethAnn May 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

You should try taking up a sport that you like…I don’t know if you have volleyball leagues and what not in Canada (it’s really popular on Long Island in New York because the beach is right around the corner) but I think it’s fun to mix up your work out with a type of exercise that blasts calories bu doesn’t feel like a chore. I also love playing street hockey with my boyfriend and we also bought roller blades and go to the park all the time in the summer. Roller blading on the boardwalk in the morning before it gets hot is incredible too. Good luck and I think it’s really great that you’re listening to your body and you’re not going to run the race. Good for you, taking it slow and treating your body well is more important. It will be so much better in the long run!


heather May 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

bike rides, bowling, playing catch. & more hiking & ping pong!
can’t wait for the cookbook contest!


Lula May 9, 2009 at 4:11 am

d’RC… funny you should mention ChiRunning. I was actually reading about it the other day; provoking me to reach out to a local instructor. However, the skeptical voice inside my head wonders if attending a class would only result in further resentment towards an activity I used to enjoy.

Are you enjoying your experience?


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