1 year ago
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Week 16 - Day 5: Getting out of the slump
I've been in a slump. The last run I did, Thursday, was hard on my newly developed shin splints and my knee. They both hurt badly Friday, so I did nothing, and prepared to run my long run of 12 miles bright and early Saturday morning. I didn't make it, though, because when I got out of bed my shin hurt to even walk. I feel like it's a touchy situation at this stage in the game. There's like 4 weeks until the marathon, and I don't want to screw anything up, but I don't want to lose any of my fitness either. So I decided to rest again Saturday, and it about it drove me crazy. It is unreal how much a 'much needed' missed workout can affect my mental well being. I was down and out all day Saturday. Itching to go run, but upset that my shin was hurting so badly. At one point, I asked J.T. to come home and decided I was going to go on and run anyways. But other things came up, and I never did (you know how it goes - if I don't do it in the morning, it probably won't get done). So this morning (Sunday morning), I jumped out of bed ready to run my 12 miles. I ran all over town and got rained on a couple times, but I was so thankful to be running, I didn't care. It did wonders for my bad mood. I have accomplished 100 times what I normally would, just because I feel so much better today! During the 12 miles, my shin did hurt a couple times off and on, but nothing like before. And my knee got really tight - but nothing unbearable. If these things don't get a whole lot worse, I'll be fine. It looks like it may be something I just have to work with until the marathon is over, and I can give it the rest it needs to heal completely.