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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The other day I had a friend email me wondering if I was joining the Spark into Spring Virtual 5k. I had no clue what it was so I looked it up and decided it would be a good challenge for me. I used to be a runner back in HS, but never ran more than a mile. I got pumped to get back to running again. I needed some guidance and sure enough SP has a plan for all different levels of running ability. Since I have never ran a 5k I decided to do the Rookie plan so I don't hurt myself on the first day..........

Walking 4 minutes then running 1 minute x4 isn't that hard right? Right?? RIGHT!!???

WRONG!!!!

After I completed my workout I was tired and I didn't burn nearly as many calories as my biking. A few hours later I felt pain... in my shins...

I have had shinsplints only once. It was a year in HS track where I bought a brand of shoe I never had before because they were cheap. Ever since that year I bought my normal brand and never had a problem. Mind you I also always make sure to stretch properly.

The more I thought about it and talked it over with a friend I came to realize I most likely need new shoes. The ones I have are almost a year old plus they are my only athletic shoe I have to use. They are probably broken down beyond help.

Today was my first day back doing cardio. I took 4 days off to let my shins rest. I could barely walk for the two days after. I didn't run. I biked. I ended up doing 2 30min sessions plus 4 boot camp videos x2. I feel good and my shins don't hurt. But I do have a slight dilemma. I can't afford new shoes right now. Do I attempt to start the 5k training again before I can get new shoes or wait until I can get new ones and possible not do the 5k?
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