Sunday, January 07, 2007
Oh, how angry I am. Actually, I cried over it, but I am a bit better now.
I set out this morning to run 16 miles. The weather was a cool 47 degrees and it was still. I felt great. The first two miles I felt on top of the world. Mile 3 was a bit tiring, but I really started to pick up my pace at mile 4. I was running along fantastic until about mile 8.5. There was a male runner in front of me about 1/4 of a mile ahead. I thought: "Hey, I might have a smaller stride, but let's try to catch up with him." I was feeling great and really closing in on him.
At mile 9.5 he turned down a street so I ran on by. I then got a: "You had better get to the bathroom NOW!" feeling and went into the nearest gas station bathroom. I looked at my iPod and it said that I had done over 10 miles at a pace of 9:23. I was so happy. My average is usually 10-min. miles. When I started running again, I got to about mile 11 and got an excruciating pain up the front of my left shin. I have never had shin splints or any problems with my legs when running before. I have lost toe nails, had blisters, and have even had a hairline fracture on the top of a foot last training season. This was different.
I practically stopped running for mile 11 and hobbled alone. I had 5 miles to go until home and didn't bring my cell phone (stupid Shan). I started back up running even though my leg hurt a bit. It ached but I pushed through the pain and made it home.
I made the 16 miles in 167 min. 58 sec. Slower than my normal pace but with the pain - I figured it wasn't that bad. I got on the phone and called my father-in-law (former Marine Drill Sgt.) asking about shin splints. He described exactly what I have. Shooting pain in a specific spot of my shin, just above the ankle. Damn!
After reading in my medical encyclopedia and online, our family thinks I have a shin splint. The cure? Changing the exercise routine that I am doing for a week (i.e. swimming, biking). *sigh* I cried last night to my dh. I have felt so good this training season. Why now?!
I am going to ride my bike for this week. Let my leg rest. I also plan on getting new shoes as I have put on about 400 miles on them. I think that might be a contributing factor here.
*sigh* This is going to be a long week :(