You know, I need to keep some perspective while I work on healing my shins and working back up to the distances I want to be running. If someone had told me a year ago (about the time that I started the Couch-to-5k program) that in one year’s time I would be able to run 3 miles without stopping, and that I’d consider my 2 mile run/walk program that i’m doing for my shins “boring” I probably would have stared at them like they had grown a 2nd head. One year ago running for 5 minutes was hard for me. One year ago, the idea of running a half marathon, seemed like a pipe dream. Although to be honest, there are some moments right now that the idea of running a half marathon in a few months seems impossible.
I want to run, but I don’t want to hurt my shins.
I did my 2 miles on saturday.
Time: 28 minutes
Pace: 14 min/ mil
Distance 2 miles (ran 1.2 miles)
My shins felt great during this run, and after it.
So my question is….how slowly do I work back into running? Do I add at 10% per week? I’m not going to lie, when I looked at my calendar this morning and saw that on saturday I should have run 5 miles, I got a little sad….and questioned my ability to be ready to run 13.1 in 16.5 weeks. Can I up my running at a higher rate, since just a month ago I was running 3x (assuming I’m running 1 mile now, and was running 3 miles) as far?