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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