HEALTH + FITNESS,  Will Run for Pasta

Resisting A Rest

The one thing I’m NOT liking about Couch to 5K is these darn rest days!

I posted on Twitter last week about my itch to run and Dara (@CookinCanuck) totally called it when she said I have the bug!


Why yes, that’s a REAL blogger responding to a tweet from little ‘ol me, and that’s not the first time! I’m in love with Twitter but that’s a whole other post.

I was supposed to start Week 3 today and have NOT been enjoying the last two days of recommended rest so I was counting down the hours.

But then… I wake up this morning with a sore ankle.


I haven’t rolled it, twisted it, or tripped over anything and it felt fine on my last run so I’m not sure what’s up. The only culprit I can think of are these babies I wore yesterday:


That’s my best guess but I’m not totally convinced.  They’re too cute to take the blame!

I’m tempted to try my run today but I don’t want to risk further damage that could keep me off the treadmill even longer so I’m going to rest today 🙁

The pain isn’t getting worse but it’s not getting better either. I don’t feel pain unless I walk on it but I can still put my full weight on it.  It’s a sharp(ish) pain around my ankle bone, is there a muscle or ligament or tendon around that thing?

Whatever it is, it needs to sort itself out!

For all my anti-rest talk, I do realize how important it is.  In Cindy’s great post about training she talks about believing in the run as well as believing in the rest.  Those rest days are when our bodies recover and repair so that we’ll be able to give even more on our next run.  It feels counterproductive, but in the long run it will get you farther.

After this ankle thing I’ll be SUPER rested so I’m going to burn that treadmill up!

So tell me, how do YOU curb the run craving when you’re totally jonesing?

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!


  • Kate | FoodBabbles

    Those shoes are definitely too cute to take the blame 😉 I had a nasty case of tendonitis in my knee that sounds a lot like what you’re describing in your ankle. So perhaps that’s what’s going on with your ankle? Rest, ice and ibuprofen helped. I pushed myself too hard, ran every other day instead of having 2 days of rest and even once I had the pain, I still ran. Needless to say, my “itch” ended up getting the best of me. The tendonitis got so bad that it kept me from running for 2 weeks. Now I just started C25K again and I’m doing it by the book this time!

    • Sarah

      I’m afraid if I blame the shoes then I can’t wear them again and that would be sad! Ack, tendonitis! Glad to hear you’re back in the running game, the RFR5k gal really are fun. The ankle seems to be getting better but I’m still on pause with the running just to be safe, and hating every minute of it 😀

  • Becky @ So Very Blessed

    Oh gosh, I’m jealous! I’ve been running for 6 months now and I still haven’t caught the bug! There was ONE run a few months ago (in the middle of a haboob!) that made me never want to stop running, but since then, it hasn’t been as exciting! I want to want to run! Love the results, but it’s still hard for me to look forward to the activity! I’m hoping it’s just the Tucson heat that makes it harder, which means that I’ll LOVE running once it starts to cool down! 😉

    • Sarah

      Brenna, the Red Faced Runners just put out a new 5k challenge so now is a great time to start running if you want to! They’re a great group and seeing all of their check-ins on Twitter, FB, and Instagram is really motivating. I had started the Couch to 5k program a few times before and only made it throught he first couple of weeks until I found this group and am finally sticking with it: 🙂

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