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Dear friend,

If you’re not a first-time-visitor to this blog, then you probably know that I’ve been training for a 1/2 marathon. But, if you are a first-time visitor, first of all – WELCOME. Second – I’m training for a 1/2 marathon! 😉

I’m happy to say, my training is pretty much complete, and just in time, too, as the big race is next weekend!  Read the rest of this entry »

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So, I took a week off from running to try to give my legs a rest. I thought I was ready to start the training program back-up this past week. Monday’s run felt pretty darn good (see below). Wednesday’s run was a bit of a struggle (also see below). Then, Thursday I ran a quick mile w/ my hubby and had a good bit of pain after. So, I guess I’m still on hiatus for a bit!

I went to FrontRunner this weekend to get fitted for new shoes. I tried on several traditional running shoes and a couple of other minimalist shoes. What did I learn from this experience?
1)I’ve been wearing the wrong size running shoe! Apparently, it’s recommended if you’re running 5+ miles you go up a 1/2 size due to the swelling/expansion which can occur in your feet when running longer distances. Which totally explains the blisters I’ve been getting on the tips of my toes!
2)The Nike Frees are still my favorite shoe. Even after trying on about a dozen other running shoes (and running in them – best part about getting shoes @ Frontrunner!), the Nike Frees felt best on my feet. And, the lap I did in the Frees was the least-painful of all the laps I did in the various shoes that day!
3)While Frontrunner is an amazing store with an amazing staff, if you’re looking for a wide selection of colors from your chosen shoe, they might not be the best place to shop. They only had the Nike Frees in my (new) size in some very off-the-wall colors. And, while I’m not too picky about what my running shoes look like (I definitely prefer function over fashion in this instance), these were just too over the top wild for me. When I inquired about another color option, they said they had one they could special order for me (which I did), but called me back on Sunday to say they couldn’t get any other color of Free afterall. So, as much as it hurt me to do so because Frontrunner was SO helpful, I ordered the Nike Frees online.

I have signed up for one of FrontRunner’s Good Form Running Training classes (though I couldn’t get in until August!). Hopefully the new shoes will help until the class (when they arrive!).

Monday, July 11

Distance: 4 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 34:26
Pace: 8’43”
Thoughts: Run felt pretty good, despite completely wiping out around the 1/2 mile mark and ripping my elbow up (ouch!). I really concentrated on not starting out too fast at the start and paid attention to my form and the way my legs were feeling. For miles 2-4 I ran the first half of each mile at around 9’15” and then sped up for the 2nd half of each mile. Minimal shin pain at the end.

Wednesday, July 13
Distance: 4.1 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 37:52
Pace: 9’13”
Thoughts: Felt good to start, then my shins/ankles started bothering me. Did ok during the run, but had a good bit of pain after. Slower pace.

Thursday, July 14
Distance: 1 mile (Quick cardio after strength training session with trainer.)
Time: 8:03
Pace: 8’03”
Thoughts: Fastest mile yet! Ran with hubby. Pretty painful on both shins, unfortunately.

I am declaring a running hiatus. Well, for a few days at least.

I’ve dealt with shin splints almost my whole life. At least since I started running on the track team in middle school in shoes that were terribly worn out and not intended for logging miles a day at track practice. (I remember the pain got so bad, I could barely walk out of the locker room after a practice. One of my friends had to get my mom to come in and help me out to the car.) Ever since then, if I’m not careful about how much I’m running, and what kind of shoes I’m running in, my shin splints will rear their ugly heads.

That time has come.

I really started training for the half-marathon in late May. That’s when I started to log the miles and use my oh-so-fancy SportBand and really keep track of my training. I’ve had my current running shoes (Nike Frees) since January, and was hoping I could make them last until the end of July. But, then the oh-so-familiar nagging pain – usually on the inside of the front of my leg, sometimes on the outside or in the ankle – began. Knowing my Frees were on their way out, I switched to my clunky, yet comfy, trail runners (Adidas). Wow – my legs did not like that. So, back to the worn out Frees I went.

I ran 4.18 miles last Friday with a lot of pain and effort. I decided to give myself the long weekend to recuperate, did some research on stretches for shin splints and exercises for strengthening the fronts of my legs, and get back to running last night. I started at a decent pace (treadmill), and really concentrated on my form, leaning forward and shortening my stride. And, I felt good. So, I increased my pace. Then, a little pain. So, I tried running on my toes for :30 intervals. That seemed to help, and I was able to keep a 8’40” pace.

Keeping the running to a minimum, I stopped after 25 minutes. Then, a lot of pain. Excruciating pain through my heels, backs of ankles and calves. But, it didn’t feel like injury pain, more like soft-tissue extreme soreness. I went home, iced both legs, and today I don’t have any pain. But, the pain right after the run last night was CRAZY. Almost need-someone-to-help-me-out-of-the-locker-room bad. It’s for that reason I am declaring a running hiatus, at least until next week. I have to let my legs heal, and also plan to get fitted for new shoes. Perhaps I will try to run on Sunday, but for now, I think I need to take it easy.

I still intend on running the half-marathon in October, but I think I will need to re-start my training in a couple of weeks. The whole reason for doing all of this running, lifting, exercising is to get my body healthy. If I injure myself beyond repair in the process – well, I guess that defeats the purpose. It makes me sad to take a step back, but I gotta do what I gotta do.

So – the half-marathon training updates are on-hold for now. Sorry. 😦

Anyone else suffer from shin splints? What have you found that helped prevent or get rid of them?

Rough week. Dealing with shin splints and blisters, I think both due to the shoes I’ve been running in.

Monday, June 27
Distance: 4.47 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 40:05
Pace: 8’57”
Thoughts: This run was ok. Slow, but I think that was because I was on the treadmill. I did it in the evening after lifting (chest/triceps). Trail runners.

Wednesday, June 29
Distance: 4.16 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 36:27
Pace: 8’58”
Thoughts: Ran for distance to re-calibrate the SportBand. Started out amazing, but got sluggish about halfway through. Ran in the AM (6AM), outside, through the neighborhood. Trail runners.

Friday, July 1
Distance: 4.18 miles (Training program schedule: 7 miles)
Time: 41:00
Pace: 9’43”
Thoughts: Tough run. Intended on running for a full 60 minutes, but only went 41 minutes and then power-walked 15 minutes. I’m getting very annoyed with the pain in my legs and ankles (shin splints), and the fact that my paces keep going down is not terribly encouraging. Since I didn’t get anywhere close to the scheduled 7 miles today, I’m going to re-do this week’s workout next week.

Overall thoughts
Getting discouraged. When I first started running 3x/week a few weeks ago, I was easily pacing myself at 8’30” without any pain. Now I’m up above a 9 minute mile pace, with lots of pain. I can only hope that buying new running shoes (hopefully this week!) will help me get back on track. Started doing some stretches and strengthening exercises specifically for the muscles that seem to be affected.

What I learned this week
I still need new shoes.
I run so much better outside – it isn’t even funny.
I also think the blisters I’m getting is due in part to my shoes, but I’m also apparently running incorrectly (pushing off with my toes rather than my whole foot?).
I’ve just really gotten discouraged this week.

 I began training for the half-version of the Columbus Marathon last week. I downloaded a training program from the Nike+ website and am going to try my best to stick to it, so that I feel as prepared as I can be when race-day arrives on October 16. To help me stay motivated and accountable, I am going to write a brief summary of each week’s training – progress made, how I felt about each run, etc., etc.

Here’s my update for week 1!

Monday, June 20
Distance: 4.37 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 37:26
Pace: 8’34”
Thoughts: This run was ok. I did it early in the AM before work (6AM), outside, through the neighborhood. First run using my trail runners instead of my free runners. The free runners are completely shot at this point and causing me chronic shin/ankle pain.

Wednesday, June 22
Distance: 4.55 miles (Training program schedule: 4 miles)
Time: 40:05
Pace: 8’48”
Thoughts: Ran for time instead of distance. Again – just a so-so run. Ran in the AM (6AM), outside, through the neighborhood. Trail runners. Pace was a little slower – not sure why.

Saturday, June 25
Distance: 6 miles (Training program schedule: 6 miles)
Time: 55:41
Pace: 9’16”
Thoughts: This run was rough, for 2 reasons (I think): 1) I stayed up late the night before and got up earlier than normal for a Saturday. 2) I decided to go to the gym and lift (back/biceps) before running. I thought it would be ok, since I was only doing upper-body lifting, but I think that combined with the small amount of sleep I received wasn’t conducive for a good run. Ran outside through neighborhood (10:15-11:10AM), it wasn’t hot (about 69 degrees), but the sun was out with little/no cloud cover. In the trail runners again. Ran for distance rather than time due to low energy level. Intended on running negative split (9’30” pace for 4 miles; speed up to 8’45” for final 2 miles), but didn’t have the energy.

Overall thoughts
I felt like my first training week went ok. I was hoping to go a little further than 6 miles on Saturday, but that obviously didn’t happen.

What I learned this week
I run much better in the early AM.
I should not do any weight lifting before the longer runs (6 miles+) until I’m further into the program.
I miss my free runners.


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