Wow I can not believe that three weeks are under my belt. It seems like just yesterday I was deciding to get back into this running thing. I have to admit this January has been so much easier to run in than last January. We have had some unusual temperatures for Cleveland, and I really don't mind that at all. This past week was interesting to say the least. I had a flash back to training last year - yep the dreaded Shin Splints! I noticed them after my long run on Sunday. This instantly scared me because I knew how that turned out last time. So I decided to make sure that I am smart this time. First thing I did was go get new shoes, which I love. The second thing I did was Google shin splints for ideas on how to help them. Finally I posted on a few Facebook boards for help. I knew that I would get the answers I was looking for that way.
With the new shoes I was told I could return them within a week, only if I ran inside. Of course I had no problem do this, so I headed up to Bally's to run on the track. Tuesday I simply focused on a easy run and to see how I felt. It was not bad, but I still had a bit of pain, but much better than Sunday. Wednesday I started to concentrate on how I ran. As suggested to me I was heal striking, and that is probably one of my biggest problems. That lead me to search for running form. I read many articles and then also watched videos to see proper form. I never knew just how technical correct running form was. That lead to Thursday's run, where I really worked on having better form.
Working on form is difficult, I quickly found out that as soon as I started to fatigue that my form was harder to maintain, which makes sense. I also had a difficulty to find a good lean that would allow me to come down on the balls of my feet evenly and ease down onto the rest of my foot. I quickly learned by trying to stick out my chest that I was able to get into a good lean and it made running easier.
I continue to take an anti-inflammatory twice a day. I ice for 20 minutes when ever it is possible. I work on flexing my foot and tracing the alphabet with my foot to work on this. At work I put on compression socks. These steps are really helping, and I can feel a difference. I am going to continue to look into other things that will make the difference in my shins. I am glad that I know what I am looking for now, and I can focus on treating it. I know that being smart will keep me moving and feeling good.
Monday was supposed to be strength. Being that I was in pain, I decided to focus on stretching. It felt great. Friday was another wonderful rest day. I am learning to appreciate the rest days. It is a nice break and keeps me going strong. I finished off my week with my wonderful trainer. As much as I did not want to move this week, I knew that I would feel great. I am glad that I went and got the extra motivation that I needed to keep this week going.
I weighed in on Friday and gained 3.2 lbs. I knew that was going to happen due to stress eating. I am not going to let that get me down. I am going to focus more on my eating this week. I know that there are going to be up and down weeks, but learning from the "bad" weeks is the most important step!
Suck It Up Cupcake and Move It!