Losing your running fitness—> Don’t stress out about it.

May 14, 2014

Just my brother-in-law spending time in their ginormous pine tree cutting each branch off one by one and then eventually cutting the whole tree down.  The tree was starting to lean towards the neighbors house and a wind storm would have equaled trouble.  

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We really helped him out a lot.  

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Just a little hair static going on.

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It has been a long time since my last fix.  This is one of three meals (the other two being pizza and my mom’s lasagna) that I will never ever get sick of.  Their strawberry lemonade is also kind of the best thing.

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My mom has been part of the same book club for 18 years.  EIGHTEEN.  Last night they met at our house and even though I didn’t read the book I still got to enjoy the refreshments.  Angel Food Cake should be eaten way more than it is.  

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Early morning at the gym and I hit up the rowing machine for 30 minutes.  Man, this thing is hard.  I feel like it hits every single muscle group and it really gets my heart rate up.  I talk about the lovely benefits of using the rowing machine HERE.  

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And to keep up with my streak over the last ? years of running… I have gotten really into strength training now that I am not running.  Maybe one of these days I will just do it year round.  

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Honestly, injuries used to really bum me out even if it was just a few days off from running.  I would stress out about the fitness I was losing and obsess over it.  Maybe it is because I don’t have time to think about it because the second I get home from my workout I am chasing Brooke around or maybe I have just learned over time that injuries are just kind of part of running sometimes (especially when I was getting up there ((for me)) with my mileage and speed).  Of course I want to get better ASAP but I am just glad that injuries don’t ruin my day anymore like they used to.  There is a lot more to life than running so taking a week off is not going to make me have a miserable week.  

Added bonus…  you don’t lose running fitness overnight!!! I’m sure with just a little TLC I will be back soon and run that marathon I have been training hard for.  

Great article HERE:

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Three meals that you will NEVER get sick of?  

What are you MOST looking forward to about summer?

Anyone ever use the rower machine?  Thoughts?

How long is the longest break that you have taken from running?

-8 weeks for femoral stress fracture.

The running schlub May 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

Yaaaaay I’m the first comment. Waited so long for this.


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

HAHAH congratulations:)


The running schlub May 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

It looks like you ladies were supervising well. That is some serious hair static, but totally awesome lol.

Three Meals – chipotle, tacos, hamburgers
Looking Forward To – Marathon training starts next week, I’m super excited, first marathon ever
Rowing Machine – Never use it, and you reminded me of my total lack of strength training, thanks lol
Longest Break – Only been running 7 months but I’ve been really lucky, longest break has been a few days for illness and ITB pain.


Sebastian May 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

I had a break of 8 weeks in march and april because of a bruised foot. It was hard but after two weeks of not running i got used to it. My first run after the break was planned to be 2 or 3 miles long and ended after almost 8 miles. Very good feeling and very sore muscles the next day. ;-)


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

That is awesome that you felt so great on your first run back! I agree, the first little while of running is hard but it gets easier after that. Have a great day Sebastian!


Susan May 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

I will never get sick of Mexican food! I just love summer so much–long days, warm weather, BBQs, swimming in the lake with my dog. It’s my favorite season by far! I do the rowing machine 3x per week after I run. Love it! The longest break I took from running was 6 months for a torn ankle ligament (they thought it was just a sprain so it took longer for me to get back than if I had the MRI right away)

Take care of yourself!! You will be back in no time!


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

TORN ankle ligament… that sounds awful!
3x a week on the rower, Susan that is awesome!


Susan May 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

Yeah, surprisingly it never really had that OUCH wow, what did I do? It happened slowly over time then one day it got really swollen and bruised and achy. It was kind of crazy. I do the rower 3 x per week but only for 1-2 miles (10-20 minutes). Just get some good upper body after the lower body workout and helps to stretch out my back (helps to have one at home so I just jump on it as soon as I come in the door).


Hayley C May 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

I needed this this morning! I started a full time job in the fall which has left me with much less time for working out + has me sitting all day which means my hips are not happy, and my running has seriously declined. I’m supposed to run the brooklyn half marathon this saturday and 6 miles this morning was a struggle! I’m trying to not let my competitive edge take over and just enjoy my first NYC race :)


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

ENJOY the race and be easy on yourself:) Congrats on the new job that is keeping you busy:) Let me know how the race goes this Saturday!


Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby May 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

I never get sick of: Tacos/Burritos/Anything Mexican, Pizza and Burgers :-) All the important things!

I’m looking forward to some beach days during the summer!

I used to love the rowing machine – but don’t use it all too often anymore


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

I will never get sick of those things either. Oh beach days… doesn’t get any better!


Hollie May 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

I’ve taken several two month breaks because I was not feeling it or injured. Honestly I have only come back stronger and I think that no matter what sort of break you take if you are cross training and being proactive about recovering you’ll get through it.


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

Just what I needed to hear! Thanks Hollie!


Kristina @ Blog About Running May 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

I am most looking forward to spending more time in the pool this summer! As a kid I loved it, but as an adult I find myself laying out on the beach more than swimming in the pool. This year I’m going to commit to making swimming a cross training activity to ensure I get in the pool more often! :)


The Hungry Runner Girl May 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

You will be my inspiration to get in the pool more:)


Katie May 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

I love the rower! I rowed in high school and college, and I agree – a great all body workout that helped me a lot for lots of running and marathons :) I’m sure you’ll feel better soon – hang in there!


Courtney @The TriGirl Chronicles May 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

I’ve always subbed the rowing machine for running when I’m out of running for injuries. The benefits are just too good to pass up. I need to strength train year round. I do it in the off season then completely drop it once the weather turns and I head outside for race season. Maybe someday.


Sarah May 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

Pizza, burgers and burritos!

I was out for 6 weeks last fall with hip bursitis and am currently 10 days from my last run with some tendonitis in my foot. Hoping to get back at it next week so glad hear that I won’t be losing too much fitness.


Natalie B May 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

3 meals : pizza, my MIL’s mac’n’cheese, z-man sandwich from Oklahoma Joe’s

This summer I’ll be moving 8 hours away into a town home that is really close to a gigantic park with a 2.4 mile jogging trail. I’m excited for that. We live in downtown KC right now and I’ve almost been hit by a bus while running TWICE. I’m ready to leave the city.

Love Love Love the rowing machine… I really wish I had my own!!

I had to take 8 weeks off in high school with a metatarsal fracture after an awesome track season. Ran on it at the state meet and our 4×8 team got 2nd!

Keep up the cross training!! It will make you a better runner!!!


Nadya May 14, 2014 at 8:22 am

My longest break from running has been this pregnancy (my first). I am 38 weeks and have not run since 6 weeks! I have had constant morning sickness the entire pregnancy (even this morning I puked) and could barely function the first 6 months. I had hyperemesis gravidarum. I have done my best to walk as much as I can but I have certainly lost fitness. However, I am glad to honor my body’s needs and take care of baby.

Aside from bonding with my baby and husband and enjoying our new family this summer, I am looking forward to *very slowly* getting back to running once I get the doctor’s green light. My longterm goal: run a half marathon with my husband by her first birthday next May!!


Mary@RunWalkLift May 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

I love the rowing machine! If I do more than 20 minutes, I am totally wiped out. I would watch YouTube before rowing. It seems like a natural motion, but lots of people do it incorrectly.

I couldn’t live without cold water. I don’t really have a favorite food.


Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs May 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

I totally get this. I tore my glute muscle in the middle of this marathon training cycle and I was so stressed about losing runnin fitness that I kept up cycling and ellipticizing SO hard that I tore the muscle more. I realized I needed to let it heal and stressing about it wouldn’t make it better :) A few days off won’t kill us ;)


Kelli L May 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

I will never get sick of Cafe Rio salads, pizza and apple fritters. Me and the fiance are heading to Utah next week for his sisters graduation and you better believe we will be finding a Cafe Rio somewhere…..I am sooo excited for sweet pork salads and strawberry lemonade!!! Oh yes and to see his family too.
I like the rowing machine, we used to have one at the old gym I went to. The Indo-Row people told me I am pretty good at it and have good form…whatever that means.
Have a great day!


Abby May 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

I LOVE the rowing machine, but there isn’t one at either of the two gyms I use (apartment and office).

Three meals that I will never get sick of:
Grilled Cheese
Anything mexican…..especially the chips. They are trouble!


Megan @ The Skinny-Life May 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

I love cafe rio! I really wish we had more than one in Phoenix, it’s 30 minutes from my house. I have a chipotle but that’s doesn’t compare. 3 months. That’s the longest I’ve taken off from running.


Carson May 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

I love the row machine! My gym doesn’t have one and I so wish they did.

3 meals I will never get sick of: roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, chili, and spaghetti squash.


Kay May 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

I love the rower too! And now I’m craving Cafe Rio thanks to you!


Lauren May 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

Hey Janae! Awesome work keeping up with the rower and strength training. I’m training for a few fall marathons and just started incorporating CrossFit and running a bit less…I am already noticing a difference in terms of my core strength, flexibility, and speed.

Also, per your love for Cafe Rio, I recently went and tried the pork salad….it is AMAZING. I’m from the East Coast and we don’t have them so I had never heard of them before. My husband thought I was a slightly crazy because I was so excited to try Cafe Rio…I have requested it for my birthday! haha :-)


Bianca May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

so needed today. I’ve been out for 5 weeks now for a dislocated kneecap. So not fun. Thanks for the uplifting post and a post a couple days ago about “get better, not bitter” was also perfectly timed. THANK YOU!


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

I’ve also been doing more weight training since I can’t run (although I’m being stubborn and still doing the elliptical so I can do some cardio) and I really do love it. Doctor appointment tomorrow! I’ll hopefully find out if I will be able to get back to running soon.


Whitney May 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

Love your workout shorts! Where did you get those?


Sippi May 14, 2014 at 8:42 am

1. Sante Fe Salad from a restaurant near my house. Basically an awesome southwest salad.
2. Anything with guacamole on it.
3. Grilled Cheese
I am a school psychologist so I am looking forward to not working this summer!
Never have used a rower.
Longest break from running: I was out for 7 weeks in the fall. I ran the Chicago marathon 3 days after being hit by a car and ended up with posterior innominate dysfunction.


Erin May 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

PB & honey sandwiches, my mom’s yellow curry lentil soup, and prosciutto and arugula pizza. This summer I am looking forward to spending time with my friends and family and training in my beautiful hometown. Longest break from running was 3 months due to an injured piriformis and a bone contusion on my right hip. Those were probably the toughest 3 months of my life but they made me so much tougher.


BriAnne May 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

Three meals: Pizza (I’m 12, ha!), pizza ….a mean salad bar! Although, you put me to shame with your salad bar skills! I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture so I can replicate it! lol!

I’m most looking forward to pool time! Not so much for myself, but my kids LOVE it and wear themselves out daily during the summer. It is marvelous! :)


Laura@twinsontherun May 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

I’ve taken the last trimester of my pregnancies and the first 6 weeks post baby off from running. It always amazes me how my body knows how to pick right back up. Not at the exact same fitness level but it’s like it’s ingrained in me and my body knows what it’s doing.
I feel dizzy just from that picture of your BIL being up high! Heights scare me!
I’m looking forward to the usual summer fun: hot weather, water and cool treats :)


Runner Girl Eats May 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

Tacos, sushi, Mac and cheese.


Josse May 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

I love the rowing machine pic with the guy stretching in the background. I’ve never done the rowing machine, I’d like to try. I tried the stairclimber about a month ago and hated it.


Leah @ Running with the Hayneses May 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

8 weeks for a bone bruise on my foot plus tendinitis! It’s not over yet because I still haven’t gotten to the point where I feel it’s safe to run regularly, but I have run two times in the last week and hope to start doing more soon!


meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles May 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

I will never ever get tired of my favorite salad at The Cheesecake Factory, going out for sushi or chocolate fudge cake.


Katie May 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

Pizza, Bacon and Chicken Parm! I’m so excited for summer because my younger brother is getting married!! I’m a crossfitter and we use the rowers quite a bit, I like workouts that include the rower because I feel like it adds so much cardio to the workout! Just take your time resting up that leg. I KNOW you will reach your goal at the marathon, I just know it.


Michelle P. May 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

1. Cafe Rio fire grilled steak salad, pb&j (strawberry) sandwiches, and apple fritters. A little carb heavy list. :)
2. Being with my kids! I’m definitely not the mom shoving my kids out the door to “get out of my hair.” Love every summer second I get with them!
3. Rowers rock. I swear I used to get the same cardio in 15 minutes on a rower than I would get after a 45 minute run.
4. I lost several (try 4) years of running after a pretty severe stress fracture to my left tibia (two spots). It was misdiagnosed–after a bone scan, no less!– and I ran a 15k on it. Eventually ended in a hard cast for 8 weeks and then a boot for another month or so. To this day, 8 years later, I can still feel the fracture site when I run.

You know the drill. Take it easy, cross train, keep your water intake high and your nutrition clean, and take it a day at a time. Thanks for the daily inspiration, Janae!


Tantra May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

Three meals….. fillet mignon wrapped in bacon (sorry i love bacon)
sushi- spicy tuna and spicy crab with edemmame
Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque (I love dipping stuff)

I can’t wait for summer bc I get to be home with my little munchkins…. Brady cries every morning… I love waking up eating breakfast and going for a walk… we did it almost every day last summer

I use to love the rowing machine… I have totally forgotten about it bc it’s the machine in the corner that no one ever uses… I MAY need to hop back on that bad boy lol

I took 6 months off from running… right before I moved to london and right after I graduated from undergrad…. I was sooo burnt out from running in college that I just needed some “me” time…


Susan May 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Never apologize for loving bacon! I feel sorry for those that either don’t love it or won’t eat it!


Anna May 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

Currently have a femoral neck stress fracture, been off of running for 2 months :(. I went from running 25 miles a week to being on CRUTCHES! Boohoo! Only 2 more weeks of crutches though, and this injury is actually helping me become more motivated to run again :)


Holly May 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

I love your positive attitude. I think when you have kids it really puts what’s important into perspective. Running is great but if you can’t run for a bit it shouldn’t ruin your day, week, month, year :) Just sayin’ :) I hope your back to your old miles soon!


Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties May 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

I attempted the rowing machine ONCE. i was so confused and quickly gave up, haha! Hmmm 3 meals that I never get tired of? pizza, burritos, and froyo. Can froyo count as a meal? I think so :)


Kristen @ Glitter and Dust May 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

What am I NOT looking forward to when it comes to summer? Everything about summer is so wonderful. Cute summer wardrobe, laying poolside, floating the river, hiking, camping trips, long summer evenings, BBQs…. the list goes on. I think I am mostly looking forward to the warmth and sunshine.


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) May 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

4 months after I ran my last marathon with a stress fracture. I went into it in pain, but had trained all summer for it so decided I’d run the marathon and deal with whatever pain I felt later. 30K in, and I knew it was a mistake. I basically crawled over the finish line and then was diagnosed with the fracture after. I hope to never repeat that experience again!


Allison May 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

The longest break – just now, 11 weeks -also femoral stress fracture, just starting back with 2 miles 2X a week for a week. It throws everything off- running keeps everything clear-headed and it feels like there should be so much extra time but you can’t think clearly! Looking forward to you having a good marathon and hearing all of the details!


Doni May 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

Love Brooke’s “electric” hair! How did you manage to get it back to normal?

3 Meals: Pad Prik King from my local Thai place (lots of veggies in a spicy chili sauce), homemade tacos, hamburgers with sweet potato fries

We have a family vacation planned to Southern California & Mexico. Theme parks, cruise, etc. Can’t wait!

Rowing machine — my kids were on the rowing team and whoa! were they in good shape. I’ve done the ergs, but not for any real length of time. It was mostly to prove to my kids that I could do it.

All your cross training is going to make you that much stronger for your race!


christina (sisters running the kitchen) May 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

its funny…the ergs for rowers are not fun. no one likes them. but yes- they get you in very good shape haha


Annette@FitnessPerks May 14, 2014 at 9:43 am

Strength training year round is a fabulous idea ;) It’s my fave! hehe

Love the static hair–toooo cute.

I could NEVER get sick of Cafe rio or pizza either. Let’s go out and get both, yah?!


mark matthews May 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

I am in the middle of a doctor recomended 8 weeks off running due to a tear in my Quad. Just had an MRI done after a year and a half of struggling with a diagnosis. I just blogged on it: http://www.markmatthewsauthor.com/


Marissa @ Run Riss Run May 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

That angel food cake looks awesome!
*3 meals I’ll never get sick of: My mom’s chicken and dumplings, nachos, and this salad that I get at a local place. They make their croutons out of jalapeño cornbread. It’s pretty amazing.
*The best thing about summer is that my entire family is off since DH and I are both teachers!!! Best 3 months ever.
*Thankfully I’ve never had to take more than a few days off from running. DH just had cataract surgery on his right eye today = 2 wks of no running with each eye. Bummer. He can walk though, so we’ll make sure to get our family walk in in the evenings.


DontBlameTheKids May 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

So, the rowing machine. I have tried to use it several times, and it was always fun, but super easy. I know it is supposed to be hard, so obviously I’m doing something wrong. But what? No one I know uses it, so I don’t know what to think.

I can’t think of a meal I never get sick of, but there is a drink: iced coffee. I don’t care if it’s 0 degrees out. That’s my drink.


Allison May 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

Getting injured and taking a break from running is what eventually got me into… BOXING!!! Best thing EVER! And now that I’m doing both, I feel stronger as a runner AND as a boxer. (And also, that is how I fell in love with my husband… soooo, i’m just saying…) I guess we never know what great things can come from really awful, crappy, horrible things. :)


Livi May 14, 2014 at 10:14 am

I took a two month break for hip problems!


MILF Runner May 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

My hip kept me from running for 9 straight years. And then for another year after allowing 2 years of running. Blehhhh.

The rowing machine used to be a reviled but integral part of my life for over a decade. I always found it boring. Until I got good at it. Lol I actually own one of my own.


Sam May 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Nine YEARS?! And to think I am upset about this being my 9th month off (not sure if my current ‘mileage’ of 1km per week (6mins worth of jogging) really cuts it). I think you just won the prize that nobody wants. You poor thing!!


MILF Runner May 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Yep. I ran in November of 2001 and then not until September of 2010. Somehow PT got me in little enough pain to think that I was coming back. I ran until February last year when they finally figured out the problem. There were times when it felt like I had ground glass in my hip socket. I would joke about having avascular necrosis of the hip and that I would need a hip replacement just like Bo Jackson. And then I’d chuckle. Imagine my surprise when I found out last year that, in fact, I wasn’t too far off the mark :(


Lauren @ Will Run for Boston May 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

Oh the rowing machine! I actually went through a phase in 8th/9th grade where I thought I wanted to row in college and I went to 2 rowing camps during that summer (prodded by my mom who used to row and told me I wouldn’t be fast enough to run in college). I do love the rowing machine but rowing on the water with teammates is even better! My parents have one so I guess I’ll have to test it out one of these days while we’re living with them!


Becky@TheSavedRunner May 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

I’ve heard incredible things about the rowing machine, and I hope my new gym I’m about to join has one!


BriAnne May 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

Ps, I love your shorts!!


Di May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

Sorry you are working through an injury! Hope you feel better soon! Three meals I never get sick of…more like condiments?? Mustard, hummus, and nutritional yeast. I sort of add those things to anything I eat! I look forward to the heat of summer, and I really dislike the rower! :) I think I’m the only one in the comments?? I’m short (4’9″) and I feel like I can never really get a good rhythm going although I know it’s a great cardio/non impact workout. The longest I went w/o running was 9 months due to knee surgery. But I have chronic issues with my feet that force little layoffs throughout the year. Just started back to running again after a few weeks off! Yeah!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries May 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

Love your attitude re: taking time off from running. You’re awesome!

Three meals I’d never get sick of: PB&J, enchiladas, and oatmeal.


Renae @ MissFit Mixed Chick May 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

That tree looks super scary. Go Bro-in-law for the win.

I stopped running for a couple of months, and I really lost everything. Now it feels like I am starting all over again. Only thing this has taught me is to never stop running. Make it a lifestyle so I don’t have to start over.


Megan May 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

Three meals… fajitas, thanksgiving turkey and gravy, and anything curry.


Big fan of the rower.

Longest running break: 6 months, ACL replacement


Jackie May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

I’ll never get sick of nachos!


AmandaM May 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

Does your bum KILL after using the rowing machine?? I like the full body workout but my bum can’t take it! ( I do have a boney bum – maybe a seat cushion would help :) ).

Longest break was 2 months with achilles pain/tendon stuff. It hurt a lot.

I could eat pb&j – smooth pb, grape jelly, wheat bread – all day every day!

I am most looking forward to the early morning runs with a tank and shorts, followed by a quick dip in a nearby lake.


stephanie @ healthy, happy stephanie May 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

I don’t think I’ve ever been on the rowing machine for more than 10 minutes but I’m planning on taking a class at a row studio next week. Hopefully my arms don’t fall off, haha.


Amy @ Life to the Full May 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

1. Eggs n’ Toast
2. Pancakes
3. Homemade pizza

Not the healthiest list ever, but I lived on breakfast food… then I got married and my husband prefers breakfast only for breakfast (crazy, huh?!). I mix it up these days, but “egg pancakes” will always be my favorite. They’re kind of like crepes and SO good with fruit on them!

I am most looking forward to not being the only person wearing shorts in town! My run today was in the mid-40F’s and I insisted on wearing shorts. Oh, and I look forward to taking my son outside without bundling him up like crazy!


christina (sisters running the kitchen) May 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

I love angel food cake. has to be served with whipped cream and berries though! I really want to try my hand at making it. it looks kinda hard, though, no?

3 meals i never get sick of…pizza, oatmeal, and pasta with red sauce and shrimp or meatballs

I am looking forward to nice weather and relaxing on the beach when I can! I also am looking forward to a cruise with my boyfriend on june 28th and i am looking forward to being tan again!!!!

i am very knowledgeable with the rowing machine (called the erg). I did crew in hs. i look at that machine as the death machine still but every now and again i get on it. i havent done it in awhile, though.

longest break from running…probably like 4 months for a tibial stress fx.


Maura May 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

My top 3 are tuna noodle casserole, chicken cordon bleu, and roast beef. I’m obviously no vegetarian.

I’m most looking forward to going camping. There’s just something about it that I love so much.


Loribeth May 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

summer 3 meals rowing time off

I would never get tired of chicken fajitas, the strawberry poppyseed salad at Panera, and homemade burgers (the super lean beef or turkey). yum!

This summer I am looking forward to a race and fun weekend trips to Dollywood, Nashville, and maybe the beach!

I have not used the rowing machine, but I did compete in a dragon boat race a few weeks ago-my arms were a little sore but not too bad!

Since I have started running seriously (last 2 years) I haven’t taken more than a few days off at a time, maybe 4 or 5……………but I have been very lucky and had no real injuries. I do like racing but am not very fast, and therefore do most of my runs at comfortable paces…………..only doing speedwork occasionally……………It’s so hard to sprint in the humidity here in the South, and I have no gym access.

Have a great week!


Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I haven’t used a rowing machine in so long! I don’t know why I always avoid it!

The thing I’m looking forward to the most this summer is enjoying the nice weather and doing more outdoors activities!


Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I rowed a lot when I was injured and it is TOUGH! It is a nice change of things though and can really do wonders! Good luck with the cross training.


Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk May 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I love how you occasionally post about this! It’s so comforting to read you can’t undo your hard work and training in a week’s worth of laziness!

I have NEVER tried a rowing machine! That probably explains the lack of my arm and back muscles though, I bet it would kill me!


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I think that the rowing machine is highly underrated! It’s pretty much exhausting after a few minutes :)


Natalie May 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I’m on a long break from running…6 more weeks until baby girl arrives! I’m dying to get out and run again. I’m looking forward to her arrival and getting back into prebaby shape. I’m loving this warmer weather! 3 meals I’ll neves tire of: waffles with strawberries, cafe rio salad, and pizza factory breadsticks!

Hope your injury is healed soon!


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

That article is a great reminder and gives me hope since I’ve been out of running for 5 weeks. I did run for 2 minutes today.. but then stopped because I was scared. I’m hoping to be running again next week when I’m in EUROPE! Yay :) I have been loving the rower during my time off from running. It makes me so sore and I sure do sweat a lot!


Kelly May 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Yum, I need to eat some berries now, thanks!


Michele @paleorunningmomma May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I will never get sick of omelettes, burgers and salmon! Had to take off 8 weeks to heal posterior tibial tendinitis and it was scary to not run for so long, especially because there was a marathon to run just months after. I mainly did elliptical, spin, and a bit of strength but never tried rowing. It looks so intimidating at the gym but that’s probably why I need to try it!


RunEatRepeat May 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I blogged about this today too :) Let’s talk about it.


tess May 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Six months for Achilles Tendonitis that just.wouldn’t.heal. Stretch, People. It’s worth it.

I don’t eat much so it doesn’t change if I’m running or not. But I do eat weird things and see nothing wrong with cake for breakfast.

I’ve never used the rower. I’ve always wanted to but our rower is right smack in the middle of the gym. There are 30 -40 machines on two sides and they face the middle where there are three rowers. Uh…talk about being on display much? No thank you.


Sarah May 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

We eat cafe rio weekly! Actually we’ve already had it twice this week- today and Monday.
I just got my first injury, it’s minor and I could probably run through it but I have a half marathon Saturday and want to be able to run. I made it a mile today. I hate taking days off! My injury was from the wrong shoes. My last and first injury ever I had to take a week off of running after barely being able to walk.
I love spin and pump though so I was never bored!


Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine May 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I am most looking forward to going to the beach this summer!
The longest I have taken off from running was 6 months when I tore my labrum in my hip and had to have surgery.


Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan May 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I will never get sick of cheeseburgers (all of them), tacos, and anything involving roasted broccoli, I’m addicted.

I am looking forward to my trip to London this summer! The boyfriend is going to be working over there for a couple of months, so I obviously need to go visit!

I’ve tried the rower machine before, not a huge fan, though it is definitely a workout!

I have been running on an off since high school, probably a few months at a time have gone by where I didn’t run.


Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run May 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I have no idea how you can stand to be on the rowing machine for 30 minutes – I do about 3 and I’m bored out of my mind!


Sam May 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Fourth attempt to come back to running after being diagnosed with 3 x sfx & bilateral patella tendinitis last AUGUST. So I’m now in my 9 month.


HilJo May 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm

If I try and run year round 5 or 6 times per week I get burnt out or injured and end up taking a while off all exercise. I think the longest recently was 6 months for injury/burnout but its usually more like 2 months off after 14 months of consistent running, with random two weeks off here and there as needed.


Cait the Arty Runnerchick May 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

hang in there girl, with that quad, but you’ve got the exact right attitude. i’ve always been amazed how much fitness you can keep thru cross training and like you said, really, at the end of the day the most important things in the world are totally non running and quad related…it’s that cutie’s face smiling up at you! :)
side note…holy cow, the rowing machine is no joke. it kicks your butt…my HS coach made me do it often…i’ve got the most love/hate relationship with that thing!! lol


Jessica May 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Hey Janae! I have been reading your blog daily (or, really 2x daily :)) for a few years now and love keeping up with you and Brooke and your running. You are an inspiration! I just had my 3rd baby in 4 years 3 months ago and I went a little overboard in trying to get back into shape too early, too fast, resulting in a back injury. It is so frustrating and emotionally hard to not run/work-out when you know you shouldn’t/can’t so I feel for you but also appreciate your perspective! If you feel inclined, I have entered a “contest” for the first time in my life- something in my heart told me I should and I need votes- LOTS of them- to even be considered. If you could, vote and share this link. This is very out of my comfort zone to ask anyone to support me like this, which means it’s all the more important for me to do it :) http://www.noondaycollection.com/styleforjustice#view/23056/2106440


Hannah May 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

The static!!! Love it.
I have been in a book club for 3 years now! I love it, and I hope were still meeting in 15 years.
I’ve tried to use the rower, but I feel so awkward! Teach me your tricks!!


blackbird May 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Running breakathon: one year from torque-induced snap from solo backcountry trail run jump (aka, hairbrained antics). Had to drag my butt/leg to the car and drive out of there, but have to say…AWESOME run. And the challenge of recovery and terrific support group is what got me back on my feet.

Meal: 1. breaky of toast + fresh ricotta + olive oil + S/P. Meal 2. Mega Prawn salad Veggie Mixer. Meal 3. Poutine with duck/short rib/bacon/sautéed mushrooms/etc. I am Canadian and it truly is a heartwarming food.


Susette May 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

You know I love it. Addiction may be an understatement.


Karen @karenlovestorun May 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

Two meals I never get tired of: sushi and pasta

I’ve stopped running for over a month for a knee injury and to take a little time off post marathon. You’ve got the right attitude and you’ll be back out there before ya know it!

Karen @karenlovestorun


Catwoman73 May 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

I’ve been reading for a long time but never comment- but today I had to! I just had to thank you for this reminder, as I struggle with bilateral tibialis posterior tendonitis and a herniated disc… Sigh. It really isn’t the end of the world. Thank you!

Longest running break- six years! Pregnancy and post-partum complications with both myself and my daughter, followed by a long string of pregnancy losses led me to become a couch potato… But I’m back now. Sort of. :)


Kaella May 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I so needed this today! Thank you for the reminder. I took 5 weeks off after the NYC Half with an injury and am now fighting a brutal chest cold. With 2.5 weeks until my next half, I feel like I SHOULD be running but my head tells me to just relax and focus on feeling better (and by relax I mean chase my toddler around!)


mollyrose May 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

I am not a member of a gym but I did just use the rowing machine on our cruise! I loved it and forgot what I was missing!

Love that your mom is that dedicated to a book club. Id love to be a part of one one day. reading=second best escape (second to running obvs) :)


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