I broke it. After something like 56 days of daily running, I broke my streak yesterday. My half is coming up this Saturday and my shin splints are making life really difficult. I’m in pain every day from it and I decided that it was time to break the streak and actually rest my legs.
On one hand I’m really bummed about breaking the streak because I’d put a lot of work into. On the other I’m trying to think long-term and do what’s best for my body. At this point, I’m feeling like my half might not even happen…But to be honest about it, I’m burned out on running. I don’t feel like running anymore. I spent most of my weekend lying around and watching TV, which is something that I don’t do a whole lot.
Generally on Saturday morning, I’m happy to get up and do my long run. I love that time I get to spend with no distractions (even on the tough days) and the feeling after I finish is heaven. But this Saturday, I didn’t want to run and only dragged myself out of the family around at about 6pm to run a single mile.
Sunday was basically the same thing. My shins were hurting and I’m limping even just walking around the house. So I finally decided to talk to my husband about it, he provides good prospective on stuff like this even though he’s not a runner. He asked me the question that I’ve been trying not to focus on, is my half going to happen? At this point I don’t know. I’m going to do my best to rest, ice, compress and elevate all week but honestly…I just don’t know.
I’m really hoping that I can just wait this out and by Saturday I’ll be fine. If not, I’m going to call it and pick up my race packet. I wish they offered deferment but since that’s not the case, at lease I can get my very expensive t-shirt. But I really want to add a 3rd Half medal to my collection for this year. I’ve worked so hard to come back from my groin pull (which has been fine) and I need this for my brain. But for now, I’m going to leave it up in the air. It will be what it will be.
Weekly recap for 11/10 – 11/16/2014
Total miles run: 21.2
Percentage from last week: -28.1%
Have you ever been sidelined from a race due to injury? If I don’t run this race this will be my second race this year where I was sidelined from a race. The first was a Half Marathon in Lodi in May. Plus a couple of years ago I was sidelined from a half when I tripped over my dog two weeks prior to the Parkway Half in April 2012, sprained my ankle and then didn’t run again until February of 2014 due to extreme laziness.