After my lengthy running spiel about taking it easy, going slow, avoiding injury, blah, blah, blah, blah…didn’t I overdo it and get carried away again and go too far, too fast, too soon?
I’m guilty, no doubt, but luckily I tuned in quickly and stopped things before they got out of hand.
Shinsplints were my ailment. Nasty things those. They occur as the muscles along your shinbone (the ones that lift your toes) become overstretched and can eventually lead to stress fractures if left unchecked.
My shin splints were very mild, but imagine if you will a lightning bolt streaking along the top of your foot and along your shin. Difficult not to notice and I cannot imagine that someone would keep on to the point where their leg was broken. Apparently it happens, though.
They occur for a number of reasons, but to avoid them in the future, I’m now shortening my stride, stretching out that muscle very well after my runs and am working on strengthening it, as well.
And now, after two weeks of rest (no running at all, just walking), I’m back on track. However, I’ve dialed things waaaaay back and am focusing exclusively on just putting down minutes on a walk/run program. Walk/run gets me to run/run, so this is me remaining FOCUSED.
In the meantime, I scored myself a stellar deal on a Garmin Forerunner 305. Think GPS, heart rate monitor wrist unit with mucho bells and whistles. Verrah nice, although I actually find the bells and whistles a bit confusing still.
I don’t have it calibrated just right yet and when BD and I were out yesterday for a run, it kept beeping at us to go faster. As we were already going what felt like “mach chicken,” we ignored it. I’ll get it set up proper for tomorrow’s run.