Taking Time Off From Running.

I think one of my worst running fears might have come true… getting injured.

It all started when one week ago I went for a six mile run that felt pretty tough on my shins. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. Next day (Monday) I went for a five mile treadmill run that felt even harder on my shins. I had difficulties for walking normally afterwards.

I took a three-day break from running until I came back for another five miles, the pain was really awful afterwards.

I wanted to hit the mileage for my week of training and so I decided to go (with my sore shins and everything) for that six mile run on a Saturday night. Two miles went by and there it was… that stabbing/burning pain on my shins again. The one that made me throw the towel with my half-marathon training.  After many attempts of running and lots of tears I decided to walk back home. For the first time, running made me cry.

Once I was back home I texted my Dad (of course), and started looking for pictures to explain him exactly what I felt and where I felt it. This is the most accurate one I found.

Stress on my shins might be the problem, and I had no idea. I don’t know exactly if I’m injured or what, but after two days of not running (or doing any cross training) I’m still feeling pain.

These are some things I believe it started affecting my shins:

– The Treadmill of my gym: That one specifically. After my first run there I ended up with calf tightness, something I’ve never experienced before and something that could lead to shin issues.

– Not enough sleep: Because I’m a full time graduate student with a part-time job and sometimes my life gets a little crazy.

– Only running three days a week: The approach of my current training plan is putting more miles in less days. I used to run the same amount of miles distributed in more days.

– Not stretching before running: I know. I know. I’ve always felt like stretching cold muscles was something unnatural. Walking for a few minutes was the only thing I did to cool them down.

– Cutting out the leg strength exercises: Because I didn’t want to run on tired legs. So, I focused all my strength on my arms and core.

This is definitely an opportunity to adjust some things on my running habits for better. I don’t plan to stop my training plan so far. I’m only planning to take one week off from running and see how I feel afterwards.

 

 

Have you ever suffered from shin splints?

What did you do to treat them?

 

 

Week #3 Recap: My Tough Come Back To Running.

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful start of the week.

I’m pretty enthusiastic about the fact that I might be back at my 100% this week. Even though last week I retook my training plan after being sick, I can’t really say that was a completely normal week of training.

I felt like my workouts/runs were twice as hard as they normally are. I was tired and feeling with no energy most of the time. Maybe last week my body wasn’t fueled enough considering the fact that I ate nothing but crackers the week before.

God! Trying to follow a training plan while overcoming a stomach illness can be extremely frustrating sometimes. However, as my Dad always tells me: what’s more important is that you keep your body in motion. That is certainly very comforting when your week of training results in a complete fail.

Monday: Off. was not feeling good.

Tuesday: Off because…Valentine’s day:)

Wednesday: Easy Run 4 miles @12:03 average pace. No walking breaks. Followed by my Plank routine.

Thursday: Was supposed to do a 5 mile run with 3 miles at tempo pace. However, I could only run two miles before hitting the wall HARD. My body was not able to move (literally). Somehow I managed to get to 2.84 miles.

Friday: Off. Again, was not feeling good.

Saturday: Strength training + Planks routine.

Sunday: According to my plan I needed to run 8 miles at an easy pace. The beginning was tough because of the 83 degrees and the 80% of humidity in Miami. I hit the wall at mile 4 and took half of one GU gel (because an entire one seemed like too much for my stomach) which gave me energy to go for another two miles. At mile 6 I decided to quit.

At the end I went back home walking and feeling very disappointed. I really wanted this long run to feel good. But it didn’t.

Total miles: 12.89. That is 4.11 miles below my goal.

Total rest days: 3 and I normally take 2.

Running is a sport of patience. I’ve witnessed it with my Dad for my entire life, and now I have to experience it by myself. I still feel very optimistic about this week though.

How was your week of training?