|The race team after my first race with the team, the St. Patrick's Day 5k.|
I met with Justin and he was very adamant that we clear up this semi-injury before I resume any hard training. While my goal half at the end of November is a long way away, I am so ready to be training hard again and going after my goals. He told me to just run every other day until my shin pain went away and to wear compression socks at all times except for when I'm sleeping. He also told me not to run any faster than 9 minute per mile pace which is really hard for me. I have to constantly check my Garmin to make sure I'm not running any faster than that because I just naturally want to dip down into the 8's. It was interesting when he looked over my training logs and told me I was running a lot of what he'd call junk miles. I was running miles at a pace that wasn't slow enough to be recovery but also wasn't fast enough to benefit me. I could totally see that and I think that is even more true with the "recovery miles" I had been running with the single or double stroller. They just weren't allowing me to recover enough to come back harder the next day so then the next day was slower than it should have been because I wasn't fully recovered after my "recovery runs". Although it has been hard to follow his advice and hold back, it is working. My shin pain is getting so much better and I'm hopeful it will be gone within the next week or so. I had to get creative with wearing compression socks at all times without looking like a goofball so I got a pair of compression sleeves, that way I could wear them under leggings without them showing. I also made sure to foam roll every day and to ice my shin after every run and anytime I had been up and walking around for a long time. I've never had a running related injury that kept me from running. I think in part because my body is pretty resilient and can handle most of what I throw at it, I even ran some 80 mile weeks in college, and partly because I listen to my body and back off when things get rough. I just have a tendency of not backing off enough to fully heal, just enough to keep from getting full on injured. Justin was so helpful with this semi-injury issue and I was so appreciative of all his advice.
|If you look closely you can see my leggings slid up exposing the bottom of my compression sleeve.|