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SparkCONFESSION - I am an irresponsible runner...

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.

Lesson learned.
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    I have a foam roller but I haven't used it... bad me! Thanks for the reminder and you are right... we need to act responsibly!

    1973 days ago
    Well, hopefully you are learning early enough to correct it before you are seriously injured. Learn the lessons and do the right things to run long into the future.
    1979 days ago
    I hate it when that whole "mortal" thing happens. ;)
    Congrats on a lesson learned -- it could be worse, so you're now ahead of the game!
    1980 days ago
    Glad you have seen the light!

    I have been running since 1995 or 1996 and I remember the good old days when I could come home from a run, take a shower and then go out for a few beers, no problem.

    The reality is, running keeps us feeling fit and young, but in order to be able to keep running, we need to be kind and cut our bodies a little slack. So, build some time into your runs for rolling and stretching! I guarantee, those 10 minutes extra after each run will pay off!
    1982 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Oh the joys of getting older. lol. It's good that your aware of what you need to change to remain injury free. Hope your shin spints go away quickly!!
    1983 days ago
    Great REFLECTION. Thank you for sharing. I learned that the experts about injury prevention really DO know what they are talking about. emoticon

    You'll be absolutely blown away by how much better you feel and faster you go as you follow a safer plan. Your body will thank you.

    Keep on being reflective and learn from your mistakes.

    1984 days ago
    Welcome to the mortal world! The hard news is that it comes with aches and pains and ever-changing needs, but the good news is that you'll get the rush of accomplishment when you overcome these hurdles. Good luck to you with your training!
    1984 days ago
    At least you learned! Happy training, icing and stretching ;)
    1984 days ago
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