....with the recovery process. At first I didn't even know what shin splints were....but I figured it out quickly after the pain crept up one evening after a nice 3 mile run. I flew to SP in a jiffy & asked for help! LOL!
~ ~ I knew I hadn't over done anything....I had been pacing myself in true Jeff Galloway fashion with a walk 1 min/run 3 min pace......or so I had thought.
~ ~ A HUGE
to the Jeff Galloway Team as they responed with a lot of
advice, suggestions and directions to websites for me to research, and research I did. A special
( LIVE2RUN4LIFE ) for her compassion & support!
~ ~ I found I was always running in my aerobic HR zone ( my heart rate was usually at a steady 165 or so... ) which is pretty intense ( at least for me ) for 2 -4 miles. I didn't realize that this was not smart - as I felt GREAT & sweaty when I finished.
...but in my 8th week of running, I began to feel very sore only "after" my run....and then the pain would stop after 15 minutes. I just thought this was a "good sore"....a normal reaction for a beginner runner. I thought I was being careful.
Time for self-evaluation
~ ~ You know what I am ? I am a "100% Intense Fitness Addict" who prefers high intensity in almost anything....spurns walking, loves a challenge and thrives on throwing herself into most sports! LOL!! If I do it, I do it with a bang! Lol.
~ ~ Can you feel the energy here? ...quite possibly a set-up for injury though.
~ ~ Now, I know there's nothing wrong with intense training, but I am learning that it needs to be coupled with moderate paces too. I've decided to train SMART.
~ ~ The last 4 days, I have rested with a few miles of power walking...yes, I am going to learn to like walking. Lol!
I have also included floor routines at moderate paces, and lighter weight lifting....these 4 days were to give my shins a time to rest a bit from mileage.
~ ~ Today, I spent 65 minutes at the gym....covered 2 miles of slow/moderate paced cardio with my Interval training.....I just went S..l..o...w...e..r.
And I made it ...still full of spunk!
I am pleased to say, my shins are fine, and I still got a great sweaty workout in.
~ ~ Tonight I will "slowly" cover just a mile on our local high school turf track. I promise to be careful following a ratio of 1:1 ( run 1 min/walk 1 min ) ....thanks again, Catherine for your excellent advice!
~ ~ The last thing in the world I want is to injure myself. I am discovering "Moderation" in fitness. When I think my shins have fully recovered, I will include a balance of intensity back into my weekly routine with the greatest of care & discretion.
~ ~ THANK YOU SP friends for your warm support, goodies, notes & SP mail!!
I feel so loved and lifted up....these kinds of situations can be so discouraging....and right after I reached 140-ville too.
BUT, with your awesome friendship and cheers, how can I go wrong?
~ ~ Impossible!! I can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthen me. Your prayers carry me through.