WHAT I DID
The good thing about blogging my runs...accountability. The bad thing about blogging my runs...accountability. I admit it, I skipped a day. I spent the better part of yesterday reading blogs and writing not one but TWO posts on my other blog. I guess I'll use the excuse that my calves were KILLING ME...and although that is actually the truth, it really is an excuse for not doing what I had already decided I would do (run every day). And, I think I am going to stick with ever other day until next week when I'll get the new plan from the running group I joined.
So, today, with calves that were unwilling to get with the program, I went 2.8 miles in a walk/hobble/jog that took about 35 minutes. (Yes, another of my "goals" that I backed down on--to go for 45 minutes total.) Today was a "something is better than nothing" kind of training day. This was the most painful day I've had. I was THRILLED to make it through a somewhat decent, albeit babystep, "walun" (more walk than run). (Yes, I'm a whiney baby--I own it--but at least I got out there; I did push myself much harder than I would have in the past.)
WHAT I LEARNED
1) Something IS better than nothing.
2) Most importantly...I went to Fleet Feet and found out not only have I been running on just about "the worst shoe" (according to the guy who helped me), they are a size too small!! I thought they were pretty good shoes, but after watching a video of my stride and then being fitted with a better shoe, I can see that I was wrong!! So, I bought a new pair of Saucony Hurricanes...and some killer inserts. I can't wait to try them out (day after tomorrow!!)
3) My calves are hurting because I have shin splints. I used to get them on the outside of my shins, so I didn't think that was the problem (since my pain is on the inside of my calves). As it turns out, that's exactly what's going on. My darling husband (who used to be a star cross country runner back in the day) gave me some exercises to try. I also bought something called The Stick that is supposed to help with "trigger points" (much like the foam roller, but smaller).
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
1) USE MY NEW SHOES!!
2) Use the stick-several times a day, but especially before and after my runs.
3) Do the exercises my hubby suggested, along with some suggested by the trainer I worked with a while back.
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon!