It has been an interesting few months! I started training for the Shamrock 1/2 marathon that is quickly approaching this March. I downloaded a training plan, filled in my calendar, and I was off. I started slowly like I should, since I had not been running super regularly with my teaching schedule. My training and mileage picked up, and one day about 3 miles in to a 6 mile run I suddenly felt some intense pain in my left shin. I sort of assumed it was just shin splints since I didn't do anything to injure myself, and I knew my shoes were old, and probably past their required mileage. I jogged/limped the 3 miles back home and iced my leg, hoping for the best.
So, while icing, I jumped online to self diagnose. According to this article from Runners World - I thought I pretty much had it figured out.
Too much, too soon. I pushed myself too hard, and my shoes were not in great condition which probably contributed as well. I took a few days off, bought some sweet new Brooks kicks, and thought I could get back to it. I tried a very slow (I say very slow, because my normal pace is already slow) 3 mile run, and it pretty much hurt the whole time. I took a few more days off, convinced it was just shin splints, but my final attempt to run was just a few hundred yards because the pain was too intense to go far. So, a quick trip to the orthopedic surgeon and it is confirmed that I have a stress fracture in my left tibia. The disappointment of missing the race is probably my biggest struggle to deal with. I felt so excited and was committed to a plan, so to have that plan go out the window made me feel like a failure. So, night one, I poured myself a glass of wine (okay, it was 2. alright, 3!) and let myself feel bad about it. Then, I woke up the next morning and started working on a plan. If I am going to be in this beautiful boot for 4 weeks, I need to find a workout plan that will work for me!
The good news is, I can still work my upper body, abs, back, there is actually so much I can do! I downloaded this fitness video from my www.nikkifitness.com app and I was ready to go right from my phone! There were some exercises I had to modify, but it helped me take away the excuses! Nikki is seasoned fitness professional and the scenic settings from this workout video are fantastic! Check out her site for many more videos, all of which you can do right from your phone or laptop.
So, stay tuned for the next month of upper body and ab workouts! I will stay in touch and post some progress pics. I am determined to not let this set me back, or get lost in my goals.
Make sure when you are training for a new race to follow a plan, and never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%! Consider a good pair (or two) of running shoes a necessity, and treat them like you would essential equipment, not a splurge on yourself.
P.S. This is the planner I bought for 2017 - I love it! But, it is currently sold out, so make sure to check back or grab one up ASAP when they release a 2018 version!