If you’ve been reading my blog lately you know that for the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a bit of soreness/pain/tenderness in my right calf. I have been able to keep trucking along, but it’s slowly been getting worse and Wednesday’s run sealed the deal on my decision to take some extra rest this week. While I never had to alter my running form during the run, the “calf tenderness” quickly became shin pain as I ran and in an effort to hike the West Coast Trail healthy and pain-free next week, I’m taking a few days off of running this week.
I am one of the most stubborn people when it comes to fitness, so it takes a lot for me to decide to rest. I was watching The Office the other night and some Dwight advice really stuck with me and frankly made my decision to ditch my Friday run and my Saturday long run this week and go swimming instead.
Would an idiot do that?
For real. If someone came up to me and said, “Wow, that run kind of hurt and I am worried I have an injury in my lower leg… should I run 16 miles tomorrow?” I would probably slap them. So this is me slapping myself in the face and saying, “DUH. No Kris, you should not run. If it’s getting worse day by day, you should probably rest it. If you want to go hiking for 6 days, you should probably rest it. If you want to make it to the start line of Chicago healthy, you should probably rest it.”
A weekend of strength training and swimming will hopefully cure me up real nice for a week of hiking. My game plan is to stretch (something that has admittedly fallen off of my radar lately), ice twice a day, do less-impact cross training like swimming and easier cycling, and strength train. I have more signs of shin splints than I do of a stress fracture so that’s a relief.
When I’m not running I tend to be very upset with people who DO get to go running, so if I yell at you or try and hit you with my car while you’re running… it’s not you. I swear.
There is an EXTREMELY fine line between “almost injury” and “injury” in my world and I never really know where that line is until I cross it. I am attempting to restrain myself before I cross the line this time. Runners are very paranoid people I have found out so hopefully I am panicking about nothing, but I’d rather be panicking about nothing that ignoring ‘something.’ My training plan calls for my first 20-miler immediately after the West Coast Trail but I will continue to be flexible with my training and reading my body as I go.
With that said, lemme get my stuff together and hit the pool for some serious lap swimming. If anything, this is forcing me to get my ass back in the pool and use my free (because of my job) swim pass. 😉
Happy Friday everyone – tell me your weekend plans!
What are the major signs of shin splints?
How many days a week do you run?