Early this afternoon I noticed my left shin was aching every time I got up to go to the restroom. (I drink 100 ounces of water a day at work so I get up frequently!) Wednesday is a normal run day for me and I had it on my schedule to run 45 minutes this afternoon. But this ache was starting to make me think I wasn’t going to be running anywhere. Fortunately for me, a co-worker had a baggy I could fill and ice my shin but that didn’t help take the pain away.
When I got to the gym, I knew that I couldn’t/won’t run through pain. So I was prepared to run no more than 1 mile if I had to, after all, I have to keep this running streak going! (Right, Bean?!) Before I started my run, I stretched with one of these:
And then one of these:
I felt pretty good after stretching and rolling so I hit the running track. Every time I felt a twinge of pain, I quit running and reduced to a walk.
Where the heck is this pain coming from all of a sudden? I’ve been feeling great!
For starters, I took that Total Body Conditioning class yesterday and she had us doing a lot of jumps and running in place – I might have put too much effort in to that. The jumping and jiving may be part of it but the other part has been…I haven’t been following my fairly religious practice of:
- Stretching after every single run – in fact, I don’t think I’ve stretched after a run since some time in June!
- Foam rolling before and after every run!
- Icing my legs after my long runs.
- Wearing my PRO Compression marathon recovery socks every night.
I’ve been feeling so good that I just haven’t bothered doing those 4 maintenance things that seem to keep my legs happy and working properly. Needless to say, I’ve done all those things this evening and as I write this, my legs are getting hugs from my compression socks. *Feels so good!!* Believe it or not, I haven’t felt pain in my shin all night. I guess there’s something to those 4 little habits of mine..that I’ve neglected doing.
I will reattempt my 45 minute run tomorrow.
I wanted to share with you a picture of the bling board M made me but this time, loaded with my bling!
I received my first race medal at RnR Arizona 2011. (BTW, if you use coupon code LUCKY13 on Friday, July 13th, you can save $13 off RnR Arizona for January 2013. It’s their 10th anniversary so it should be a good medal. Unfortunately, I will not be running that one because Tinker Bell half marathon is scheduled the same day! Speaking of Tinker Bell, it’s 99% full. If you’re on the fence, it’s really time to make the decision!) I wanted to share this picture with you so you could get a better idea of just how addicted to racing I am – I love everything about the experience! In less than 16 months I earned all those babies. I love each and every one of them, too!!!
If there’s a recovery/support group for race addiction — I don’t want to know about it!!
Do you have a post run routine?
How do you display your bling?
Do you drink your daily recommended water amount?