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#105 - Update.

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's been awhile.

Although I'll admit that my "mini-break" from Spark was refreshing, it had its consequences. Honestly, I've allowed my emotions to control me. I've been upset that my shins haven't healed. I've been a little depressed because I thought that I should take time off after my race to allow them to heal; however. this wasn't something I wanted because I was hoping that this race would renew my motivation. So, while some emotional eating has occurred, I will say that I've managed to stop when I felt full.

Yesterday, I went to the running store to talk with the owner about my shin splints. The guy is super nice, and he explains everything. He took a look at my calves and said "You have nice slender calves, but unfortunately, that probably means that you don't have much muscle there." (I'll take that complement! Ha!) So, he suggested ST, continued foam rolling, and compression sleeves. I wore the sleeves last night, and it made SUCH a difference. I woke up this morning with no pain. Amazing!

I got a little too excited about the good news, and I stubbed my toe. I'm not sure if it's broken or just bruised. Just my luck though! Haha. The good news - it doesn't really hurt. It just looks bad. I am still going to run/walk my race tomorrow morning. I will do my best. My only goal is to finish. (Ahh, I'm SO nervous about tomorrow morning!)

Anyways, that's what's been going on. I truly hope that this 5K will rejuvenate me. When I get back, I am going to get a gym membership to focus on ST and other cardio to alleviate the calves. I'm determined to get these babies healthy again!

Hope every one is doing well, and I hope you have a great weekend!
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    glad to see you back on sparks i have missed you
    2002 days ago
    2014 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    I know what you mean! All summer, I was supposed to be training for this marathon but I was dealing with some ankle issues. I'm still going to do the race but it's sort of lack luster now. I wanted to finish well. Instead, I just hope to finish. I mean, its still a freakin marathon but I had such higher hopes for it (like you for your 5K!). Now, instead of thinking "yeah! I'm running a marathon!", I'll be thinking "Don't run too fast, Don't hurt your ankle"

    But seriously, don't let anything set you back. After the race, take time off from running and find another sport instead. work on building up your calf strength and come back to running again later when your legs are stronger!
    2014 days ago
    Glad you are back. Have fun at your race!! So sorry about the toe.
    2017 days ago
    So glad you're back. I was getting worried! Breaks are good when we feel overwhelmed or burnt out, but just remember how much you succeeded with SP in the past - that is true and it can still be true! I had a lot of the same running-pain issues when I get in my "rut" of just getting on the treadmill or running only for exercise. I have back pain, leg pain, and scared I'm going to do somethings stupid to hurt myself. SOOO. That's why I joined a gym all those months ago. I haven't been in like 4-months (it was a LONG break), but I went last night to a ZUMBA class and just remember how much fun doing OTHER exercises can be for my soul and body. It's nice to change things up. Maybe find a workout routine with ST - like circuit training so that you can get some cardio and muscles. Whatever you choose - just know it's YOUR body and you deserve to have the benefits of a good healthy one. Work with your injuries, not against them and just keep things fresh and new! YOU CAN DO IT!
    2018 days ago
  • C8TSON
    Hey! I have missed you! I'm glad to hear you working through these issues and coming up with solutions that work for you. I hope the race goes well for you tomorrow. My thoughts will be with you! And don't forget to take care of you! emoticon emoticon
    2018 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Wonderful to hear from you, I hope the race goes well tomorrow


    Have a great time
    2018 days ago
    Oh hun we all have bumps in the road. Try not to beat yourself up too much about it. I'm glad you're at least able to see the positive in it (that you were able to stop when you were full). Sometimes we need a break from SP. I've taken a-many as you know and sometimes it's just what I need to get right back into the swing of things.

    BEST of luck to you on your race. I know you're going to do amazing and of COURSE you will finish. You're a rock star, girl!

    Also, good to hear that the compression sleeves work. I was thinking of getting some for my pains too. Just work on your ST for those slender calves of yours (so jelly!!) so that the shin pain goes away.

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    2018 days ago
    Ooh I'm glad you found a solution that works! I cant' wait to see how your race goes!
    2018 days ago
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