1. You have a ton more free time. Well, technically I wouldn't call it free time, since there's always stuff to do. But freeing up 2-3 hours a day gives you much more time to do stuff you need to do (cleaning and yard work), stuff you want to do (spend time with my family) and catch up on new TV shows you just started, such as The Sopranos, which may sneak into my top 5 all-time TV dramas.
2. You have to watch what you eat. Man, this is my biggest struggle. When I'm running a lot, I just eat whatever. Eating is a habit/hobby because I constantly snack throughout the day, whether I'm hungry or not. Food is fuel, right? Yeah, I get grief from some coworkers, being in I'm a school with only two male teachers and over 50 ladies and hear about how they wish they had my metabolism. Rather than say, "you could if you ran over 100 miles a week", I just tell them I have to fuel the furnace. But right now, the furnace is broken. I'm literally burning 1/2 as much calories a day than I was when I was running. But I still find myself in the constantly snacking habit, which has resulted in a few gained pounds and I went from having some abs slowly sneaking their way in to having them jiggle. Since I should curb that as quickly as possible, I need to have the willpower to shut it down. But being I'm a fat man in a skinny man's body, it's tough. So I've resorted to eating more filling things like non-fried chicken and those things people call vegetables. Maybe in the big picture, my injury will work out for the greater good because it will force me to eater cleaner, which will hopefully carryover to when I start running again. But I definitely learned that it's very hard to not gain weight when you're not exercising. Two thousand calories isn't much food!
3. I'm pretty lazy. Sorry, no cross training for me. If I tried, it would probably hurt my hip but even if it didn't, I just don't have that much motivation to head to the gym and sweat away on the elliptical machine. Maybe one of those fancy ElliptiGO things would be fun but I'm not doing my cardio indoors.
4. Out of site, out of mind. In college, I would freak out while I was injured. I constantly worried about how much fitness I was losing, how I would get back in shape, etc. Now, I don't care as much. Yeah, I felt like I was a couple months away from being in sub 63 half-marathon shape and taking some big scalps at the 25k Championships in May. And since I'm a few months away from turning 33, I don't have very many peak spring racing seasons left. But life goes on and when training hard and running big races are temporarily out of the picture, I lose a lot of focus. When I'm training hard, I'm training hard. Most of the time, I don't want to head out the door twice a day. It's mentally draining and there's other things I'd rather be doing. But I make myself because I understand each run has a purpose and if I slack off, my goals won't be met. I live a busy life, so when running isn't a priority, I forget about it. Right now, I don't have much motivation to resume training and when I do, I'll start back over and build for the fall. And this time, I won't race my marathon with a moronic race strategy.