Arg. Shin Splints!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

I don't plan on exercising on Sundays. For my family, it's usually a day of church and relaxed family time. It was such a beautiful fall day, though. It was colder than usual which I guess means that fall is finally settling in. But despite the temperatures, the sun was still shining it's California smile and I couldn't resist squeezing in a run.

I'm working on week 6 of the 10K training that Sparkpeople recommends. I've really enjoyed seeing my progress as I've been consistent with the running schedule and so far it's gone really well!

I decided that I need to stop running on pavement every time though, so my husband, our boys and I found a nice, new-to-us park really close to where we live. It looks like a runner's paradise! It has a lot of nice flat dirt trails and some hilly ones, too. It's a great place for me to take off and my husband to walk around "sploring" (exploring) with the boys. Serene and beautiful.

So I set off with 56 minutes as my goal, walking 1 minute and jogging 3. I've done these circuits before and didn't have any trouble. For some reason, this time around, I got shin splints 20 minutes in. They were painful enough that I didn't want to push myself, so I stopped.

I'm unsure as to why all of the sudden I'm getting shin splints. Maybe I'm doing too much too quickly? Maybe my stride was too short? I'm not sure, but I'm hoping with a day or two of rest from running, I'll be able to pick up where I left off.

I feel disappointed and slightly like a failure since I barely got a workout in today. I think I'm most worried about what this means in the future. Will I be ready to complete a 12K in December? I plan on walk/jogging it anyway, but if I can't do it in a decent amount of time, is it worth it to even try? Questions, questions...

Feel free to comment or share ideas about anything I've written. I'm always looking for ways to improve.
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    Don't kick yourself too hard over 1 bad day. We all have them. Believe me I know. Shin Splints are not fun at all, I know about those too. When I first started out jogging I got them on a regular basis so I even stopped jogging because I could not handle the pain. Since then I started the Couch to 5K program and have finished it with no shin splints.
    Try to do some good stretchs for your shins and rest them until they feel better. Don't try to run on them if they are still hurting, you could further harm yourself and we don't want that. We want you to be able to finish your 12K.
    Hang in there, you are doing an amazing job.
    3056 days ago
    Thanks for the tip! You know what's funny? It actually hurts my shins more to walk? Don't you find that strange? emoticon
    3056 days ago
    There is a good chance your body is telling you to slow down a bit. Walk slower and drink more water - it probably won't fix it completely, but it might help keep you motivated while resting.
    3056 days ago
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