Saturday, January 12, 2013
I said it. It is about TIME that I come clean with this too. I started running in late 2008 and this has been going on for FAR too long if I must say so myself...
You see, apparently I honestly *believe* that the fountain of youth is on MY side and that I could just follow a training program and commit to running some races racking up miles after mile without any consequences. I honestly *believe* that my body will just move fluidly ON COMMAND with a click of my Garmin and I-POD and presto, 6miles, 10miles here we go...
So.NOT.true. So here is my confession. I have not nor have I EVER been smart about running. What I mean by this is that I often pack tons of mileage into my training schedules without a second thought and get this *GASP* I pretty much NEVER stretch before or even after a run. That's right. I don't ice, I don't foam roll - which I finally found out what a foam roller is was and still not doing it, and I don't spend the time stretching out my hard worked (read: over trained) limbs before heading out and stressing and challenging my body for training a run.
The reason that this comes to light is that I have had shin splints for the past couple weeks. They suck. Really bad actually. Therefore, I have been forced to realize that I am a mere mortal and have to stretch my calves, and ice, and work out a smart training schedule balancing both long and short runs. AND the ugly truth came out - I guess I am not as young as a I think I am. The reality is that if I continue to run, I will have no choice I will NEED to take care of my body. I will need to RESPECT my body and understand my limits. I am having a hard time with that.
With this newfound reality I am trying to develop a safer routine all around so that I will remain injury free because this reality check for me has been big. If I keep abusing my body then my goals and dreams of being a runner will be OVER faster than I started, plain and simple.
Why is it that I never realized this?? Foolish I tell ya but it is like that with everything with me, I only learn lessons the hard way and it is only because I have googled the heck out of shin splints and have a sneaking suspicion that I am the cause of my own ailment that it has made me take a step back and realize that if I am going to do this running thang, I need to get with the program and do the right thing.