25K Training – Week 14 – Shin Splints Continued!

Sorry for missing a week but simply got too busy with the embroidery business last weekend by the time I realized that I’d missed the update, I was being too lazy to do anything about it. It’s been an interesting two weeks for sure though.

Last weekend consisted of a 10 mile race put on by Striders. It was a great warm up for the 25K in two weeks from yesterday but unfortunately it’s led me down a path of pain that I really wanted to avoid this late in the training game and quite frankly I’m a bit concerned about my condition going into the 25K now on May 8th.

The ten mile race a very hilly course and definitely tested my endurance to some new limits. Being a new runner of only a year, I’m still learning how to “race” and I have a long way to go in finding out how much I can push myself and when during a race.  I have to learn my limitations and “respect them”. What I mean by that is this. I finished that race in 1:30:19 which for a guy new to running, I probably should have been satisfied with those results and left it at that.

I wasn’t. When I looked at my time and where I placed in my age group I ended feeling very disappointed. So what did I do? Went out Monday and ran hard for 5.5 miles! around an 8/mile pace.  Bad idea! I have been fighting “severe” pain in my shin since and I am now honestly concerned about being able to get healed properly in time for the 8th. I’ll run it in pain, but I’d rather not if it can be avoided.

What that means is very little running over the next two weeks and that’s not cool. I’m in taper mode so that’s good, but not running at all isn’t good either. How could I be so dumb? The competition of it! What keeps me running is how much I enjoy it and in the end, I love the races. However, I have to keep in mind that as a new runner, I can’t always expect to finish as well as I might think I can and be “ok with it”. Not doing so sets me up for injury.

I rode 26 miles on the bike yesterday to keep myself in shape and take the strain off of my shin for the time being, but that’s not what I need right now. Depending on how my leg feels come Wednesday, I’ll try some short 3 -4 mile easy runs and see if the shin holds up. If not, it’s rest until race day and hope for the best I guess.

I’ve been here before and it’s not good timing at all. I have tried every remedy for shin splints that I can find and no luck so far. It’s got to be something in the way I run. I’m thinking it may be time to find a professional to help me diagnose my shin problem as I love running  just too much to give it up. Maybe I’m not cut out to be a long distance runner but I’m not giving up just yet.

There are two weeks of training to go. I am currently working as the “rah rah” guy for three people trying to lose weight and if nothing else, that’s what this journey has really been about…promoting others to make changes their lifestyle and join me on this journey back to health. If this is you, come join us! It’s never too late to start and you too can become the healthy new you that you’ve always wanted if you start today! It’s just “one pound ago”.

See you next week for the final edition of the 25K training series reports before race day!

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