10 Side Effects of Not Running + That REALLY Hurt.
It's been a few days since we last made up for it, so let's talk a few things about our Friday first! Knox left in the morning with his mother, then Brooke left later that day to be with her father. Before Brooke left, we took a walk ... And then Andrew was a great […]

It's been a few days since we last made up for it, so let's talk a few things about our Friday first!

Knox left in the morning with his mother, then Brooke left later that day to be with her father.

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Before Brooke left, we took a walk ...

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And then Andrew was a great horse for girls.

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Later we saw my mom and dad and Skye was so happy spending time with my mom.

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On Saturday morning I woke up at 3 a.m. with so much pain -> mastitis! For the next 24 hours I felt like I had the flu and did absolutely nothing other than lie in my bed and feed Beck when he needed to be fed. I have had mastitis before, but this time it knocked me out a lot more than when I had it before. I am so grateful for the antibiotics because I can't remember the last time I felt so sick in my life! I was also very grateful that it all happened on a day when Andrew was at home because he was taking care of all of us.

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I'm pretty sure I've watched two full seasons of The Office. Netflix kept asking me if I was still watching ...

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On Sunday, I woke up feeling myself again. My in-laws came over and we had brunch and they met Beck!

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Brooke returned home a bit later after a fun weekend in Park City.

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And of course we took a walk.

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We ended the day having my dad's favorite cookies (bp no cooking) at my parents' house and ate it ourselves on the way.

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The last time I took a long break (I'll take at least 6 weeks off if not more) from running was after I got Skye so I'm definitely noticing some side effects that occur when I'm NOT running and I thought I would share them and see if anyone could relate…

Photo below of my last race with Beck haha:

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* Our laundry has gone down 30% because I don't wash a bunch of my running clothes every day although our laundry has gone up 50% because Beck goes through quite a few outfits every day.

* Children are not afraid to hug me in the morning because they know I haven't run and therefore don't sweat.

* I AM SO BEHIND ON PODCASTS! I can't follow my favorites anymore because I don't run every morning.

* My feet don't look as beaten as they usually do when I run every mile.

* I can go even longer between hair wash days ha;)

* I'm not as tired as when I was training hard for marathons ... yes, I'm tired of waking up with Beck a few times a night, but that marathon training fatigue that I felt in 2019 took fatigue to the next level.

* I get out of bed at 8 a.m. 🙂 When I run / workout I usually have half my day at 8 a.m. (<- probably another reason I>

* I definitely miss those endorphins that get me a good run, as well as that feeling that comes from accomplishing something really hard BUT I will continue to enjoy these newborn days with Beck and the run will be there for me when I will be ready for it!

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What side effects do you notice when you take a break from running?

The last show you watched excessively? Do you prefer to watch movies or TV shows?

-I much prefer to watch TV shows rather than movies.

When was the last time you felt extremely sick ?! What did you have? Has anyone else had a bad case of mastitis?

Those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, what's your work / school / life schedule this week? Do you have free time?


If you’ve never run before or you’ve had a long break from running, it can feel intimidating to get out there and hit the pavement. But if you get familiar with some basic information about course and follow a beginner’s schedule, you’ll be well on your way to starting a new running habit.

At your visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. If you have had any previous injuries or issues, make sure your doctor is aware of them, and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.

Visit a specialty running store to get professionnel advice on buying the right course shoes. An professionnel at the store will look at your feet, watch you run, and make recommendations based on your foot type and course style. If you already have running shoes that you like, but you’ve had them for a while, you may still need to get new ones. Running in worn-out running shoes can also lead to injury. You should replace them every 300 to 400 miles.

Beyond course shoes, you don’t need much more than some comfortable exercise clothes to get started. If you’re course outdoors, make sure you follow some basic tips for how to dress for hot weather running and cold weather running, so you stay safe and comfortable.

As your résistance improves and you start running longer, you may want to invest in some technical fabric running clothes and other basic running gear, such as a running belt, good running socks, and a course hat. Some runners also like to have a course watch to track their times and distances.

Before you get started with course, get familiar with how to do the run/walk method. Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don’t have the endurance or fitness to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves running for a short segment and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you’re course and reduce your walking time. Of course, some runners find walk breaks to be so beneficial that they continue taking them even as their endurance and fitness improves.

Before you start any running workout, though, you need to make sure you warm up properly. A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start sérieux soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. Start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You can also do some warm-up exercises. Always end your workout with a slow five-minute jog or walk to cool down. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually.

Use your breathing as your guide when running. You should be able to carry on a conversation while running, and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy. Don’t worry about your pace per mile—if you can pass the ' talk test ' and speak in complete sentences without gasping for air, then you’re moving at the right speed.

Make sure you’re breathing in through your nose and mouth, and breathing out through your mouth. Proper breathing and taking deep belly breaths will help you avoid annoying side stitches, or cramps in the abdomen area.

Drink water at the end of your workouts to rehydrate. If it’s hot and humid, you should also drink some water ( about four to six ounces ) halfway through your workouts. ​

Post-run is a great time to stretch and work on improving your flexibility because your zones musculaires will be warmed up. It’s also a relaxing way to end a workout. Try some of these stretches that target particular areas that frequently get tight during and after course.

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