Picking up where I left off, I was worried that I might have shin splints. I found that ice packs helped a lot, and my husband has some “KT Tape” so I looked up how to tape a leg for shin splints and did that on both legs, I think that helped, too. My husband also has a foam roller (he’s so handy to keep around!) and I used that for just a few minutes since it was rather painful. By the end of the day they felt so much better that I decided that it must just have been pain from using muscles that I wasn’t used to using. I showed my husband where the pain was and he agreed that it did not seem like shin splints. Crisis averted!
That was on Friday, Saturday I did not go to the gym but did do my ‘Hip Hop Abs” DVD. Sunday was a day off. Monday I was back at the gym. I started off with the weight machine circuit. I used the elliptical machine today for my warm-up and cool down, instead of walking. I was on the elliptical for five minutes before I started running on the treadmill, then I cooled down by going backwards on the elliptical for five minutes.
According to the training program, the goal for Week 1 is to be able to go 1/2 a mile, running for at least 1/4 mile of that. I was able to run the whole 1/2 mile so I felt good about that. The goal for Week 2 is to be able to go 1 mile, running for at least 1/2 a mile. Since I already knew that I could run half a mile, I figured I just needed to concentrate on being able to run as much of the mile as possible. As I started my run, my plan was to run for a half-mile and then see how I felt. If I needed to I would then try alternating walking and running (a la the “Couch to 5K” program.” I also started at a slower pace, thinking that that would help me with the increased distance. I was at about an 18-minute mile.
It was a difficult run. It seemed like it took forever to run that first half-mile. I was planning to start walking as soon as I got to the half-mile point but once I got there, I was afraid that if I started walking, I would get “stuck” there and not be able to get back to running again. I was feeling a bit stronger at the half-mile so my goal became to run to .75 mile and see how I was doing. Once I got there, again, I wanted to walk but was afraid I would not be able to bring myself to start running again once I slowed down. I decided to keep going as long as I could and hope that I could make it to a mile. I was watching some soap opera that I don’t even watch on TV (probably one reason the run seemed to take so long, ha ha) and I stared at the TV as I ran and would ot let myself look down and see how far I had gone and how much further I had to go. When I finally checked, I had gone .96 of a mile. That made me so happy! I pushed myself to run that last .04 mile and voila, I had run a mile! Yay me!
The question is, can I do it again tomorrow?!
- How to Avoid Shin Splints (projectswole.com)
- Prehab: Exercises to Prevent Shin Splints (fitsugar.com)
- A Runner’s Diary: Disney Marathon a Week Away.. (hilarytopper.com)