Running Envy

As I sit here icing my cankle and scrolling through my facebook feed, I’ve come to realise that there is a whole part of running that I’ve been lucky enough not to have experienced too much of in my life:

Running envy

That pang of jealousy and envy you get when you drive by people running, or read running posts by your friends on facebook when you’re either injured or tapering.

In other words:

Confession:  I *might* have a tad bit of running envy. (Just a tad).

I deal and cope with things by running.  And work has been stressful for the past 5.5 months (up until today – when suddenly ALL of the stress disappeared and I miraculously had enough time to clean off 2.5 years worth of filing from my desk).

No running = one stressed out neurotic crazy envious runner.  Folks I have not been a pretty sight lately.  Throw some that time-of-the-month-crankiness in and it’s a wonder my family has not killed me just to put me out of my misery (or to put themselves out of misery).  Look at me sideways and I cry… over freaking nothing!!!!

Thankfully I found this at the LCBO:

This my dear friends, tastes amazing! (And is just what the doctor ordered). The three different kinds of grapes: Merlot + Cab. Franc + Cab. Sauvignon make this wine dark, juicy and delicious. The savoury flavours from oak aging add ambiance, like dinner by the fire in the den or the backyard.  Given the three adorable reasons I drink (don’t pretend you didn’t know I drink), I felt this wine was very appropriate for me.  And man – my ankle seems better already!!

This is what my ankle looks like now:

So I still don’t know if I’ll be running the half marathon in 8 days from now, or even when I’ll run again, but suffice it to say that running envy sucks, and if you need me, I’ll be on my couch icing, and perhaps drinking a glass (or two) of the Sibling Rivalry wine that I found at the LCBO tonight.  

Now it’s your turn…
Do you get runner’s envy?
How do you cope with injury, stress and tapering?
What coping tips and advice do you have for me?


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  • workout mommy
    May 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    ouch, that looks painful!! 🙁 I totally understand though, I’m having my knee scoped tomorrow and I’m so depressed over it all. I will need to stay away from other runners for awhile!

    • Janice
      May 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      You’re probably getting scoped right now, but I wanted to say thank you for your kind comment. I hope that your scope and rehab goes well!

  • rachel @RunningRachel
    May 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Hugs. Rest up and heal. You will be out there before you know it… giving us ALL runners envy over YOU and your wicked speed! 🙂

    • Janice
      May 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Awwww thanks Rachel!!

  • Kevin Freeman
    May 9, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I know exactly how you feel. I was very much into tennis a few years back when I hurt my arm one lovely spring. It was spring time so of course, my friends were enjoying themselves with Tennis. I had to endure rehab and therapy for 4 months before I had the chance to go back. In order to cope, I just tried to relax and enjoy while watching other people play. I plan goals for me to attain once I get better. I think that it’s very important not to make yourself feel worse. Just relax and remind yourself that everything will be fine and you’ll be healed in no time. I wish you the best!

  • Launna
    May 9, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I do hope your ankle gets better soon Janice… I do not like being laid up like that either, when I had my surgery a little over a year ago. I think we all get a little envy especially when we are incapable of doing that thing. Keep resting it until it is healed… 🙂 Have a good weekend 🙂

  • Jess@Flying Feet
    May 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Have I experienced? Oh gosh yes! Especially when I was a single mother for so long (8 years!) it was tough to sneak runs in. I just wanted to be free. So I dealt by getting creative. And as soon as the kid was old enough to bike some good miles I ran with him. Your ankle looks pitiful. And I’m so sorry! Just remember, this too shall pass. It also helped me to remember that there were people out there who would give anything to even have the ability to run. Or have children. We are SO blessed more than we know. But I’ve totally had poor me everyone stop running cause I can’t moments. More times than I care to admit. 😉 hope you heal quick!!!!

  • Laura
    May 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Your ankle already looks a lot better! I hope you’re out there soon…..I know too well the running envy.


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