Saturday, April 22, 2017
Shin Splints, Stress Reaction, OR Overly Cautious - that IS the question?!!
Grandma's Marathon is important to me.
Honestly, there are days that I'm consumed with thoughts of the finish line.
Those of you who have been following me along my journey would be living under a rock if it wasn't blatantly obvious just how much it means to me.
However, marathon training - like life, throws you curve balls.
This week my emotions have been tested.
Monday's workout was truly amazing; almost effortless. I wanted to do some speed work because it had been a while since I'd tested my tempo pace for a consistent 3-4 miles. However, I decided to do hill repeats instead. My thoughts were that if the hill repeats went well, I could sprint home.
The morning was crisp and cool. My breathing was perfect, my legs were fresh. Even after five - 3/4 mile repeats I was able to tempo home for more than a mile at 8:15 pace. If runs could be rated A+ this was it. Plus - say hello to the sunrise. I cannot tell you how excited I am that it's light when I get home from my run!
I was looking forward to Tuesday because I knew that I could run easy and relax. Not right away, but about 2-3 miles into the run, I could feel my legs get tighter. My shins were not painful and I had no problem running, but we all know our bodies and I just "knew" something was a bit off. After my run, I knew that I would be taking at LEAST one day off. Turns out, I took Wednesday and Thursday to rest and recover.
All day at work, in any spare time I had, I did the jump test. You know what I mean - jumping on the "injured" leg to see if it hurts. Yeah - that was me. All.damn.day. Does it hurt? Do I feel weak? Is it a stress reaction? Maybe it's just shin splints? Is there any swelling? Do I get pain in just one single area? Am I crazy? Sometimes, yes. I am crazy. Aren't we all?
I won't bore you with all the answers to the questions. But, what I will say is that my left anterior tibia is just not perfect. No, I don't have swelling or weakness. I can take my stairs with no problem at all and I passed MY self-diagnosed jump test.
When I iced on Tuesday night, the look on my husband's face was priceless. "WHAT are you doing? Are you in pain?" He was concerned and I was a tad concerned as well. But I know that ice and rest are good so that's what I did.
My leg was no longer bothering me at all on Friday morning, so I ventured out for my long run. I knew that I could quickly push the stop button and walk home if I needed. I also didn't have any reservations about cutting down my plan of thirteen miles.
Up to this point, I have gotten multiple long runs in. Last week, was my first 18 miler since last June and it went very well. I finished 18 miles with an overall pace of 9:21/mile. That translates to a 4:04 finish time if I would hold on for 8 more miles.
I was ecstatic. That's 55 minutes faster than my first marathon attempt!
After Friday's run, everything was great. No pain during. No pain after. Did I know my leg was there? Yes. But, I wasn't super concerned.
I finished 9.5 miles and felt very good after. Would you look at the light! YES! 6:30 am and it's bright. Hallelujah!!
As I sit here today, 36 hours past my last run, I can feel my leg. I for sure have another rest day ahead and Monday morning I will re-evaluate whether or not to go out for my run. My first 20 mile run is next week. I'd like to be rested and ready for it. I built in three 20-mile runs in the last 8 weeks before the race. Maybe, subconsciously because something like this may happen.
I've resigned myself to "safe-mode." But, it does feel a little bit like a bomb - will it explode?
I will not push. I have 8 weeks before Grandma's and Dammit - I.WILL.FINISH.
But, really universe?? I've been being such a good girl. I made a conscious effort to design a training plan that only utilized 4 days of running in hopes at doing a better job at preventing any injuries. I never run more than 2 days in a row. I'm cross training. I'm training smart. I'm sleeping well.
Maybe a good loud scream outside will feel good?
I've been here before. But this time, I refuse to get "officially" injured or let this nagging pain-in-my-ass get any worse. I am prepared to run much less. I have a good base. I will overcome this.
What would YOU do?!
On another note, I know that I'm late to the party and this is so last year, but I am officially obsessed with Snapchat. I have laughed so hard the last few days. Yesterday, I discovered the voice changer and OMG - I nearly peed myself.
I actually don't ever send my chats. I just save my photos so I can laugh at them from time to time. Here are a few of my gems.
Do YOU Snapchat?
Of course, I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap. The link is live on Sunday, so I'm a tad early. Enjoy!