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.


Michele said...

I am glad you were able to get your 12 in without much trouble. It rained pretty hard Sunday morning a couple of times can't believe you ran in that!!!
Missed you this morning for 880's just wasn't the same!

Michele said...

You are either way behind on your blog or way behind on your training!!!