From The Highs to the Lows & Back Again…
For me, February running had been going well. I achieved my first double digit 10 miler of the year which felt really good along a great route, with a nice pace on a beautiful day.
The following day decided I’d head out for a little 3 mile recovery run and suddenly felt a twinge in my left shin. The next day it had gotten even worse and felt I was even limping a little.
There was no significant improvement over the next two days and I had ended up googling every runners injury I could find! I was pretty sure I had shin splints or a stress fracture. Even walking the dog was painful.
I was frustrated that I couldn’t get out and run and secretly hated listening to anyone talking about how well they were running or what amazing distances/pace they were achieving.
It’s the first time I’ve encountered a proper injury and the thought of not running was not an option in my mind!
Luckily, I have my family to keep me grounded. Hubby reminded me running is a hobby and for fun and not compromise my health in the long term. This little pep talk really helped and it’s what I needed on reflection as I was clouded by frustration! I arranged an appointment and visited a fantastic sports therapist who diagnosed a muscle tear, put me in recovery compression boots and worked some real magic.
Two weeks on and I’m back out running thankfully with no pain! I’m really enjoying the warmer weather early morning runs achieving the full 13.1K Kilomathon distance.
Just over a week to go to the Kilomathon and I’m feeling good and looking forward to taking part with my sister.