Friday, August 6, 2010

Uh-oh ... And I am in love

I think I might have some shin splints.

On our way to a funeral, I was telling the boyfriend about how "this part of legs have been hurting." 
I described it as:
 "it comes and then stay for a few seconds and then goes away. And then it comes back and goes away again and again."
"it's a achy, sore, stiff kinda hurt."
"the back of the ankles kinda hurt too."
"it seems to hurt when I am not running."

He said I probably have some shin splints.

When we got home, I did a search on the Internet and yeap, the symptoms are rather similar to what I am having. And the causes? Increase in mileage or intensity of training. I have been running a lot more miles per week and I have been doing more inclines, fartleks, tempo runs lately.

So, tomorrow, I am supposed to do my long run (5 miles). It is the first week of my half marathon training. So, what I am going to do instead will be resting, maybe swim some laps, and icing. I can sustain a 5-mile run without difficulty, so I am not too worried about missing this 5-mile run. And with the extra cut-back weeks that I have inserted into this training schedule, it gives me enough cushion to take a step back and relax.  I definitely do not want to be stubborn and be out of commission for longer than I could bear. 

Rest day tomorrow. Lots of ice. Lots of rest. And I am definitely going to do strengthening exercises on my calves and ankle religiously from now on. It is amazing how running isn't just running anymore. It is a lifestyle. And I plan my life and habits around running. I love it. I think, I have fallen in love with running.

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  1. I think you are making the right choice with the rest and ice instead of the run. I certainly hope you don't have shin splints!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Take care of yourself (and those shins!). Ice and rest, and hopefully you'll be back to full speed in no time.

  3. I'm switching gears tomorrow too and biking to let me heel rest! It's hard.

  4. Shoes are a culprit of shin splints, too, so maybe go ask your local running store about an insert maybe. Ice is a must too. You're doing the right thing (I work with the high school cross country team...I see this a lot :/). Have a great weekend! Oh, and so glad you have a new love affair :).

  5. I hope the shins feel better. And way to go for having such an awesome attitude about it!! We should all take a lesson from you and accept that sometimes our bodies need a break, they deserve a break, and we shouldn't push ourselves to run through injury. Great job being a good example. :)

  6. Yes, do be careful! You don't want it to turn into a stress fracture. But sounds like you are on it--a big congrats for being a newer runner with the discipline to know when to back it off! Most of us have learned the hard way at one time or another.

  7. I'm glad you are taking some time off. Rather take some time off now, then right before your race. I hope you are feeling better very soon!! :)

  8. this is what u must do - R I C E - rest, ice, compression, elevation!! that is the answer to ur problems. lol

    sorry that u r having shin splints! thats too bad. but injury is part of training. take it easy for a few days and u will come back with fresh legs and rock next week!
    hope u had a good weekend.

  9. I hope you get well soon! I am not as smart, I will stick to the plan no matter what but that didn't work so well for me. Definitely listen to your body. :) And never give up!


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