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Monday, July 7, 2008

Run. Walk. Stretch. Repeat...

And it's driving me crazy! I'm still having a bit of an issue with my calves and shin splints and so that's pretty much what I've had to do during my runs. I start off slowly...running or walking until I'm warmed up...I usually won't let myself walk for more than 5 minutes because it makes me feel like a slacker. Anyway, then I stretch very well, paying close attention to the problem areas and I'm off running again for a mile or so until I feel the dull ache slowly creep up my leg. And of course that's when I stop and walk again...and the cycle repeats. I think that I could run through the pain, but I'm pretty sure ignoring it is what got me in this mess in the first place. It's not bad, I guess...I'm still getting exercise, but people- I have a marathon in 16 weeks!! I am sorta kinda freaking out here! Although I'm a bit behind, I know I have enough time. That's not really the issue. I'm just nervous that they won't heal or get any better anytime soon...and then I will be out of time. Jeez...I don't even want to think about how long it would take me to walk/run a marathon. Blah.

In addition to the healing/time factor, the more off schedule I get, the less likely I am to get a PR. I guess I should focus on the positive. I'm running this marathon to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation...the most important thing is raising the money and actually finishing the race. And I'm positive I can do that.

And oh yeah...I'm blaming my problems on Foot Locker. I ordered my new Mizunos at the beginning of June and they told me that they were on back order and I wouldn't get them for two weeks. So I'm waiting, waiting, waiting...and I get yet another email saying that they were STILL on back order and I wouldn't get them until mid August! That's like 2 and a half months to get a pair of new shoes. I just know that cushy new shoes would make my shins feel so much better. I'm totally boycotting Foot Locker from now on.


RunnerMom said...

I just joined for only $1.99 instead of the usual $40. (It's a special for a few more days, I think.) Have you looked into it? Great prices on shoes, free shipping. Of course, I can't say if they get them to you quickly or not since I haven't bought shoes there yet!

Kel said...

I'm sorry your calves are still acting up...give it time. Better to let it heal now rather than injure yourself during the marathon.