I took this picture on our front stoop as I headed out on my run on Friday. Should I be surprised that I got caught in a torrential downpour? (I actually really like running in the rain, except it does a number on your shoes and any electronics you might be carrying…which is why I almost always run with a dog poop bag for my phone. Also comes in handy for other types of emergencies.)
SO! Week 2 of exercise is in the books. Unfortunately, after my last run (“run”), which was 5 miles, I started to have a little bit of that old shin pain that has plagued me for years. God…
And so, last night I decided it was time for a change, I was going to take advantage of this clean slate and be responsible about these injuries and stop them before they start.
First: Even though it’s not a crazy distance, a friend of mine made a good point that jumping from 3 to 5 miles in 2 weeks is a significant increase in mileage (percentage-wise). I think she’s right. So I am waiting a few days until I feel no pain at all before running again, and when I do start up we’re going back to shorter distances. Build slower.
Second: I realized that my shoes, even though I didn’t run much the past 6 months, have quite a few miles on them. Time for a new pair. Ordered them on Zappos (but the older model…so much cheaper).
With those two decisions made i was feeling pretty productive. So my new super-proactive self decided the next step would be to establish a cross training/strengthening routine to prevent further injury. I have some exercises I’ve done in the past, but it was time for something new.
So I Googled “shin pain from running”, compiled info from different sites (mostly from Dr Jordan Metzl’s videos from Runners World), and put together a routine of butt/hip/core strengthening exercises.
With my list written out, I changed into my living room exercise outfit (booty shorts that no longer fit, a tank top with coffee stains that I can’t wear in public, and my slippers) and proceeded to do a modified (it was, after all, my first day) version of the exercises, including plyometric (that soon turned into non-plyometric) squats and lunges. I did about 1/3 of the squats suggested with less reps and more rest.
ANDDD! …today I can’t walk. My legs kept randomly giving out on me as I made the bed this morning. I didn’t eat lunch until 4 because the baby was in “I’m going to scream if you put me down” mode and was worried that I would fall over with her in my arms squatting to get something out of the fridge. And forget sitting down. Paul heard me fall onto the toilet in the other room and thought something horrible had happened.