I spent all day yesterday “resting” my shins, in preparation for my scheduled run this morning. I went for an easy mile walk, I iced my shins, I did shin stretches, I walked pigeon toed to and from the bathroom at work, I even did some shin strengthening exercises. By yesterday evening I realized that my shins no longer ached. A move in the right direction!
I decided to go for my run this morning with the following conditions:
a) If my shins hurt like they did on Tuesday, I would stop immediately.
b) it would be “ok” to stop and walk or take periodic walking breaks.
c) I did not HAVE to run or even walk the entire 2.6 miles that I had scheduled.
Now, I’m sort of stubborn, so I really really really wanted to be able to run the 2.6 that was scheduled. I had to give myself an “it’s ok to slow down” pep talk. I actually think this stems from the fear that if I have a setback, I won’t achieve my goal of completing a half marathon. Yesterday, I was commenting on Caitlin’s blog and read her reply to a comment from a reader. She told the reader that walking, or taking bathroom breaks does not make you a quitter. Hanging up your shoes is quitting.
I am not quitting.
Pace 14:22 min/mil
Temp: 40 but oh so windy!
I did only run about 2 miles, and walked .68. My shins felt pretty good for the first 2 miles, then they started to get a little tired and sore, but nothing too major. I thought about how walking isn’t quitting, and about how important healing my body is, and about the fact that last year I couldn’t even run one mile, and now I can run 3. So, I walked the rest, and came home to immediately ice my shin.
I have a 3.5 mile run planned for Saturday…not sure what the plan is, beyond making sure that I’m listening to my body.