A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mind Over Matter

So, my shin. Seems to be better. I get an occasional twinge now and then but it's no longer limp inducing and I was able to run on it on Thursday. I can't tell if the twinges are all in my head or if there's really still something going on.

On Wednesday night I went to the gym, did some ab work, foam rolled my shin and my calf and then took my aerobics class. I iced my leg when I got home and all was good.

Yesterday I debated whether or not to run. I really wanted to and my shin seemed okay, so I did. Strangely, I had some heel pain on that same leg. Not enough to alter my speed, though. Once again, I hit my pace almost exactly on the nose. Too bad I can't get the lunch time running group to run my half marathon with me :-)

I'm always a little apprehensive when I show up to the lunch time group and I'm the only woman there. Sometimes the guys leave me in the dust. Sometimes they're nice enough to stick with me. It just depends. Yesterday they stuck with me. Well, one of them did. One ended up way ahead of us and the other way behind us. Also, the pace we were running at almost felt easy. This whole getting faster thing is weirding me out.

Also, I've decided to rework my training schedule a little bit. I've decided to run a 5K race on Sunday. Next week was supposed to be a cut-back week mileage-wise, but I decided that this week will be an early cut-back and next week I'll switch out the 5 miles on Saturday for 8 miles I'm supposed to do tomorrow. Look! I'm learning to be flexible!!

Oh, one more thing: Erica over at I Run Because...I Can is doing another giveaway! That girl is always waving awesome stuff in front of us. Anyway, this time it's an assortment of GU products. I've never tried any of them because I'm terrified of what ingesting caffeine would do to me while running. So, while I wouldn't spend money to find out, I'd be okay trying it in the comfort of my own basement on my own treadmill. Check it out if you're a GU fan!


Note: The Garmin didn't pick up a signal right away so it only measured 4.2 miles. We probably did closer to 4.5 since we ran the same route we always do on Thursdays.

Route:--Elev. Avg:589 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:-6 ft
Date:02/25/10Up/Downhill: [+154/-160]
Time:12:19 PMDifficulty:2.5 / 5.0
Weather:A Few Clouds
 29 F temp; 55% humidity
 29 F heat index; winds NW 9 G 20

Distance: 4.21 miles
Speed:6.6 mph
Pace:9' 09 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 12+0' 036.5-0.0+3 ft
29' 08-0' 016.6+0.0-20 ft
39' 19+0' 106.4-0.1+13 ft
49' 02-0' 076.6+0.1-9 ft
end8' 46-0' 236.8+0.3+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 09 min/mile

Posted from bimactive.com


RunningLaur said...

YES, this is the same thing my shin is doing. I keep fighting myself between is it really hurt, is it just me...? Hope it says all better for you!

kilax said...

Maybe someone from your lunchtime group will do the half! You never know!

I have confidence you can hit that speed on your own though. You're ready!

I hope your shin continues to feel better. I actually recently read an interesting article in Fitness (my least fave fitness mag) about how injuries in certain parts of your body affect other parts (example - weak hips muscles give you knee pain). They didn't mention the shin foot connection (it was shin to stress fracture and foot to achilles) but I remember I had shin pain and foot pain at the same time. Must be to do with altering your gait.

kristen said...

Super speedy run!!! You ARE getting faster. That's awesome.

EricaH said...

Thanks for the giveaway shout out and oh yeah by the way you won my One More Mile Giveaway so when you get a minute email me your shipping information along with the shirt, size and color you want. :)


Bayjb said...

Glad to hear your leg is better! And it's good to be flexible with your schedule, mix it up a bit :)

Holly said...

I'm SO glad your shin is feeling better! Ugh - the foam roller. I find it's like ab work for me....I DREAD doing it to no end, but once I'm done, I'm glad I did. I've never tried rolling my shins before! I'll have to try this. It's like a free massage - well, one that hurts like a *&#@!. :-)

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