Friday, August 17, 2012
Ahh! Thank you all so much for suggesting I find a running shop in my area! It was great getting tips and finding new shoes. He had me run in three different shoes, and these are the ones I chose:
They are from Saucony. They are light weight which is why I bought them. The other two were a little heavier. He said that the full leg pain was probably from form as well as not having enough support under my arch. Last night, I took them on a 2.05 mile walk, and my leg pain was gone. It felt so good to walk again without pain. I will have to say that the shins still hurt (not as bad though!), but I think they will have to heal before I am completely free of pain. So, Tylenol, icing, stretching, and massaging are going to be my friends over the next few weeks.
He gave me some tips on my running form as well as some stretches that target the calves. He was great!
He did, however, say that he thought I should ease up on the running. He thought I was putting too much stress on my legs with the running. He suggested I back off to just walk/run a mile for now and work my way up. I have mixed emotions are this, so I'm not sure what my plan will be. I like my 5K walk/runs. I guess I will see how today goes with the new shoes.
On another note, as I said in my status, I am down ten pounds (finally!) from my starting weight this morning! So, as my reward, I decided to make my new shoes the present for such awesomeness. Haha. I'm so ready to get into the 150s now! Ahhh!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Hey all! Sorry for all the running blogs. I'm just trying to get ready for my 5K race in October! So excited!
Anyways, just an update on the shin splints. Per a SP friend's advice, they told me to work on my form; she said I may not be releasing my muscles every time I push off the ground. So last night, I tried what she said, and it worked! I had no pain while I ran or during the walk breaks. So, thank you so much for that advice, CNTRYGL1!
Even though that helped, I still woke up this morning with that annoying achy feeling in my legs and parts of my shins are tender. So, I am hoping ice, Tylenol, stretching, and the foam roller will help this go away. I really don't want to quit running. I'm also thinking about trying to stay off the pavement as much as I can. I think it's too hard of a surface right now. Lastly, I am hoping to get my new shoes (or at least get fitted for them) this week. It's really a goal of mine to make this happen very, VERY soon.
So, I ask of my fellow runners - is it safe/healthy for me to continue to run with shin splints? On my off days, I am doing circuits and walking. Do you think that is ok too?
Monday: 5K Run/Walk ----> DONE!
Tuesday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Wednesday: 5K Run/Walk
Thursday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Friday: 5K Run/Walk
Saturday: Busy day at work
Sunday: Rest day or light walk
Monday, August 13, 2012
So, the one of my best friend's had her wedding this weekend. Let's just say I am glad it's over. I'm very happy for her, but man was it stressful. Not only that, my boyfriend's family is in town this weekend, so we had to do lots of cleaning. Lastly, my boss's mother died last Thursday, so I have been juggling a lot. I did the best I could since Thursday in regards to eating and exercising.
Good things from this weekend:
1. I danced for three hours at the reception. It was a nice way to get exercise, release some stress, and have fun.
2. I was running around like a crazy lady all day yesterday in regards to the wedding. Ha. It was all good.
3. I ended up having a good time. :)
Not so good things:
1. I ate like a pig at the bachelorette party.
2. I didn't get my water in, and I am feeling it this morning. I've got a headache (not from alcohol - promise).
3. Stress, stress, stress.
My boyfriend was also in the wedding, so while the bride and groom were taking photos, we sneaked over to a cute little spot and took a photo since we were all dressed up. I was looking at it this morning, and my heart just saddened. I really don't look like I have dropped ten pounds. I don't know. I just think I look gross. In all honesty, every morning and night, I look in the mirror, and I say something that I like because I need to be proud of where I am now. I need to love my body regardless of the size, shape, and weight. However, I couldn't with this photo.
Anyways, enough being sad about the photo. I have 5K training starting this week, and I'm pretty excited! I have a little less than two months to get ready for the 5K, and so it is time to get busy!
Monday (today): 5K walk/run
Tuesday: circuits and 5K walk
Wednesday: 5K walk/run
Thursday: circuits and 5K walk
Friday: 5K walk/run
Saturday: Work (This is exercise to me. Ha!)
Sunday: Either rest day or just a light walk (30 minutes or so)
Hoping to go get fitted for running shoes this week. My shins have been killing my throughout the weekend which is a little scary. Hopefully, they will heal soon especially after I get new shoes.
Friday, August 10, 2012
After yesterday's blog posting, I have found a running store in Myrtle Beach, so I hope to go on Saturday. If not, next week, I am going. I'm ready to get back to running and feeling good. (Thanks for all the comments!)
Anyways, as I was heading to my Mom's house last night, I caught a glimpse of a billboard that had information about a 5K on it coming up in October. So, I asked my Mom about it, but she hadn't noticed the sign. Needless to say, I sort of got excited. Haha.
So, today I looked up races in where I live, and I found quite a few. I need some advice though. I found one called "Ray Tanner Home Run". It's a 5K Run/Walk that has ends on the Carolina baseball home plate. (If you don't know, I am a HUGE Carolina Gamecocks fan. I breathe Carolina football and baseball. Seriously, it's like my life. Haha.) So, this would be a dream come true. Problem? (Because there's always fine print...) It's October 13, 2012. Yep. This October. That's two months and two days away. So, I ask my fellow runners - is this worth it? Can I train safely in two months? I can walk and run if I want. (Registration is open until September 13th.)
I also found two others, but they are next March and April. I think I might only do one of these.
Anyways, what are your thoughts? Any advice (besides getting new shoes) for preparing for a race?
Thursday, August 09, 2012
For the past few weeks, I have been running (well, jogging, ha - I am slow.) off and on. Monday's run went great. I ran farther than I thought I could. I took breaks when I needed and then I kept going. Last night was different. While I continued to amaze myself at how far I could run (I think I ran more than I walked), my knees, shins, and ankles were in extreme pain. They ached so bad. To be honest, it ached more when I walked than when I ran (which is why I think I ran more, ha). I ended up cutting the session short to just a 5K. It was all I could handle.
Last night, I took a Tylenol, and I woke up feeling better. However, I was a little worried that it would happen again, so I didn't go on my morning walk today which I regret. I've been icing certain trouble areas as well as taking Tylenol today.
So, I ask my fellow runners - what else can I do to get past this? Tomorrow is my run day, and I really want to do it, but I am scared of the pain. Are there any stretches I can do? Also, I think I need new running shoes. How do I go about buying the right ones?
P.S. NSV last night - My boyfriend was eating chips and leftovers for a "late night snack", and I didn't give in! I drank my water, and I went to bed!
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