Today officially marks two weeks until the Chicago marathon. I know it’s getting close because I got my packet pick-up ticket in the mail yesterday!
Today also marks:
- 16 weeks of training completed on the Hansons Marathon Method
- 11 tempo runs
- 11 speed workouts
- 90 training runs total (give or take a couple)
- God knows how much money spent on protein powder, Nuun, energy bars, gu, epsom salts, tart cherry juice, and all the other things I feel are essentials to supplement my training.
- 16 weeks of constant obsessing about the Hansons method with anyone who will listen.
- 16 weeks of no injuries and for the most part remaining pretty unscathed. And a lot of chiropractic treatments and massages to make sure it stayed that way.
And now I sit here writing this having been sidelined for three days. Of all things, it appears I may have shin splints. I have NEVER had shin issues before. With me, it’s always been my IT band or lower back. This is completely foreign territory for me. I never even thought about my shins much and now it’s all I’ve been thinking about the last few days. And this is happening two weeks out. Are you kidding me?!
In good news, I’m not concerned about not being able to do the race. And here is why. My left shin (it’s only on my left side) starting hurting a lot on Wednesday while I was at work. I was concerned about not being able to meet up with my friend (also training on Hansons) on Thursday for our tempo run. I ended up going, and had probably the best tempo run I’ve had thus far! 10 miles at 8:16 pace all while feeling pretty good and being able to maintain a conversation. And my shin felt absolutely fine. So what I’m saying is that I think I can run through it. Now, if I keep ‘running through it’ for the next two weeks I may not be able to do the race, which is why I decided to take this weekend off and let it heal.
It sucks to not run this weekend, but it’s OK. I’m pretty sure that after 16 weeks of this Hansons madness I am as prepared as I’m going to be and some missed runs in these last two weeks aren’t going to kill me.
In the meantime, I’m using this torture device, I mean “trigger point roller”, I picked up yesterday to work on my shin. This thing hurts like hell, but it’s supposed to be really effective! You basically put it on this block and rest your leg on it and just slowly work the area with very small movements.
I’m not going to do my normal ‘what’s coming up this week’ update today, because quite frankly I’m going to have to play it by ear based on how things go with my shin. I am scheduled to do one final 10 mile tempo run Thursday and I really hope I can do it, but I’ll make that call based on how the week progresses.
On to more uplifting topics…
I got some new trail shoes this week! These are the New Balance 110′s. They’re a minimalist trail shoe but have a rock plate, so they’re good for technical trails. I like to feel the ground, but not feel EVERYTHING, so these are the perfect trail shoe for me. I’m not going to run in them until after the marathon, because I’m really focused on roads with this training, but I can’t wait to take them out. I’m signed up for a trail race, the Skippo, in November so I’ll definitely be hitting the trails quite a bit after the marathon. I’m becoming a pretty big fan of New Balance for trail shoes. I’m loyal to my Newtons for the road, but these lightweight trail shoes are the best.
I also picked up a new book – The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. I’ve heard a lot about it and can’t wait to start it this week.
Since I can’t run today, I’m planning to hit the pool at the gym for a swim. I’m actually pretty excited about it because I haven’t swum in weeks! I think I’m going to try out one of Alaina’s workouts from her recent post. If you like to swim or are learning how to swim check out her Sunday Swim Tips on her blog, Merry Marathoner – they’re really helpful!
Have you ever had shin splints? Any advice for treating them? Am I doing the right thing by taking a few days off?
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