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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Dreaded I-Word

Monday night I was walking to the train after work when I noticed a sharp pain in my left shin. "How strange," I thought. "That came out of nowhere."

It was still there when I walked from the train home but seemed to come and go. I decided to run on the treadmill instead of outside just in case it flared up and I needed to stop. I didn't notice it the entire run.

Then yesterday any time I got up from my desk the first few steps were limp-inducing but then I was fine. Walking home I seemed fine, too.

I had to skip running at lunch due to a meeting but I figured I'd make up those miles on the treadmill instead. I was due to go to the gym for some strength training anyway.

So last night I got home from work, changed into my gym clothes and then BAM! Pain. I literally stood there for 5 minutes deciding if I should go to the gym or not. "I could do the elliptical instead. I could just do upper body weights."

Ultimately, I decided that I should probably just do this:

And this:

I am bummed. Make that Bummed with a capital B.

I know that in the long run taking tonight off won't screw up anything and will probably only help. But I'm still bummed.

Hopefully tonight I will be pain-free and can attend my Hi/Lo class. I will be even more bummed if I have to miss that again.


Libby said...

Oh no! I hope your pain goes away! I'm sure the wine helped ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, no. :-(

I am sure I'm not telling you ANYthing new (although I do feel like I should be an honorary doctor, what with all these injuries), but ice, ibuprofen, rest, stretch...yada yada.

So do you think it might be shin splints? I know some people swear by the shin sleeves. The good thing is that you are catching it early! Hopefully it's a fluke - our bodies do pretty flukey things sometimes, and they are back to normal for no reason at all.

Lacey said...

uh oh!!!!!!! calves!!! stretch/roll/ice your calves, too.

RunningLaur said...

Hope you heal quickly! Looks like you're taking good precautions though!

Lindsay said...

Hopefully this isn't a full case of something and you just tweaked something! Glad to see that you ice'd up right away though!

Bayjb said...

Oh no! I hope you're feeling better. Glad you're icing it and of course, having red wine. That definitely fixes any ails.

kilax said...

Were you able to go to class?

I would be super bummed too, but it's smart to rest if you have pain. As much as we HATE it!

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