Yesterday I ran a 5K race against the advice of everyone that I knew.
Yet it didn’t surprise anyone that I was going to push through the shin pain I’ve been having to run.
“You’re stubborn,” my trainer said very matter-of-fact like in his thick Peruvian accent.
No one. ever. has described be as stubborn…..in regard to WANTING to run.
Sure, I was stubborn in high school when I refused to even TRY to run the required mile in gym class.
My, things have changed.
So let’s talk about this shin pain then.
It’s not shin splints. The pain has become very localized. I can point to an exact spot where the pain is coming from and my lower leg has been throbbing on and off for days, even through prior to the race I cut down my activity to ZERO. Oddly enough, the pain goes away after I run for a few minutes, and I was able to make it through the race without thinking about my shins.
My trainer poked around my leg a bit on Saturday and there was definitely one very tender spot. It also hurts more than normal when I foam roll over my left calf.
So in an effort not to be completely stupid, I’m taking a break from running. And seeing a doctor to (hopefully) rule out a stress fracture.
I’m trying not to be too upset…but it’s hard because I was really starting to LOVE running. The feeling of pushing myself past my limits, following a training plan and the rush of endorphins that lasted for hours.
My rational self knows that right now rest is the best thing for my body. So rest I will.
In other news, I will have a race recap…but it’s going to have to wait, because I’m actually writing about the race for my job. I can’t wait to share it!
Credit to Bill Smithuysen for capturing the awkward moment where I’m interviewing the president of the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce.
Hope everyone else is having an injury-free Monday!