That's how long it's been since I've run.
The reason, quite honestly, is fear. My legs feel fine.....but if I run tomorrow and I find those shin splints are still hiding out, I may have to throw a hissy fit.
Two year old style.
One the ground.....kicking and punching.....whining and crying. The works! :-)
I was going to try a run on Sunday. It wouldn't be the 7 miles on the schedule, but it would have been something.
Then the voice in the back of my head said "Nej - relax. You have a half on the first of May. That's plenty of time. Give it a few more days. Don't make it worse."
Starting today everything is back on track. Yoga this morning....and my first run of the week on Tuesday.
I've been sitting around trying to figure out what brought me back to where I was a year ago.
What the heck???
I've got it narrowed down to two things.....
1) I actually stuck with all of my runs on the schedule the week before. I hadn't been able to do that for months. So....technically, my mileage probably increased faster than it should have.
2) that nasty speed workout on the mushy track. Sure, the distance was fine, the speed was fine....but running in that mess really put allot of pressure on some of my calf muscles. And then I did a long run a few days later, on calves that were still sore. So I was overcompensating.
For those of you who are new to my problem.....the pain isn't on the front of my legs, or the outside of my legs, or even the back of my legs....all the normal places people feel shin splints (from what I've been told). Nope, it runs along the inside of my legs....from my ankles to my knees. Both sides. When I'm not running, I hardly know it's there.....but when I'm running.....well....when I'm running I know it's there, let's just put it that way.
I've had MRI's, xrays, two docs, one specialist and three physical therapists. Allot of exercises, ice packs, People magazine reading in waiting rooms, video analysis, shoe style changes, compression sleeves, etc, etc, etc.
The final consensus.....1) my pelvis was slightly out of alignment 2) my leg muscles are horribly imbalanced, and thus pulling away from tendons and bones (???? this sounds really grotesque and 18th century when I think about it) 3) my arches are insanely high.
Deep tissue massage (torture), wearing compression sleeves while running, and mild arch supports seemed to be the right combination.
Well....it got me through training and running a half marathon without pain.
So.....I've gone 5 days now without running. I was so antsy last night, I nearly was out the door and running at 8:00 pm (I rarely if EVER run at night). But...I stuck to my guns.
Wait it out....give it some time.
Well.....time's up!!! I'm running tomorrow. I'm running Wednesday. I'm running Thursday...and I"m running in the 5mile St. Louis St Patty's Parade run on Saturday.
I have a deep tissue massage (shoot me now) scheduled for tomorrow after work.
I'm done playing games. :-)