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Sam, what you are feeling is totally normal*. Ignore the idiots. You've just lost your stress relief at a stressful time. If you can possibly get out into natural surroundings for a bit each day that might help. Can you get your foot into supportive shoes and walk? If there a park/natural area anywhere near? If so, get out for a walk, even if you actually bundle up and get to the park and then sit and read or listed to music or something. If you're able/allowed to cycle, get out on the bike. If nothing else, drive/get driven somewhere you can be in green surroundings - it does help (or at least it helped me).
(*Speaking from experience - I broke my ankle a couple of years back and it was hell nor being able to run)
Sam, hope the drive is uneventful. Yes, I'm fit and well at the moment (recently ran a 10-marathons-in-10-days challenge), but I've had several injuries in the past (mostly due to non-running accidents) that have stopped me from running for periods of 2-6 months. Volunteering at parkrun really helped me during those times (I'm an Event Director, so I volunteer all the time anyway, and it's great, but when I've been unable to run, it has been extra-important).
Your broken toe -is- a temporary glitch. Unfortunately that doesn't make it less frustrating at the moment, and particularly given your use of running as mind medicine.
Other suggestions: is there a book series you would like to re-read, or a TV series to re-watch, or an online course your could do so you have something to concentrate on/can feel at least you are putting the running down-time to good use? How about doing some core strength work or some upper body strength work that you can do sitting down? Or this might be a good time to try meditation?
Hi, I thought I would post since its now 6 weeks since I broke my 2nd toe. I had a follow up X-Ray and the results are showing that the bone is partially united - so its not completely healed but is healing - albeit slowly. I've been told to expect another 6 weeks at least before the bone to heal completely - so you can imagine i'm feeling I've dipped again as the original diagnosis was 6 weeks to heal, and goodness knows when I can start running again. During the past few weeks I have tried to keep positive by cycling, swimming, mountain climber. I have even bought a new digital piano and started to learn how to play (something I've always thought about doing and not got around to it), just seemed like a good time to do this and of course a distraction. It is helping but nothing will make me feel complete again as much as being able to get out there and to run. I wonder how everybody else is getting along? x