I’ve been running, now, for about 7 years (off and on). The first run I logged was when I lived in Springville, Utah. I ran one mile in June of 2002. I remember that it killed me. In my relatively short running career, I’ve had to overcome such things as asthma, IT Band Syndrome, and (now) shin splints.
So shin splints are a new one for me. Once upon a time, I thought that shin splints were the pain you’d get in the front outside of your shin. Apparently, it’s the inside of your shin that justifies complaining about shin splints. So now I’m in the process of trying to overcome this new affliction. I am icing, taking ibuprofen, and trying to be patient. I have run through this winter, so far, so I’ve bought a little time, which I’ll probably need, because I’m reading that I need to take time off from running to make sure that I don’t cause some real damage to my left shin.
So I’ve decided that this is the life of a runner. As runners, we deal with pain. We deal with disappointment. We won’t always be prepared for our races. Sometimes, the comets will align and everything will work out perfectly. But, after talking to other experienced runners, such as my father, I’ve determined that all we can do is our best and hope that we’re ready for the events that we sign up (like lambs to the slaughter) for.
But I’ve also learned that the truth of if is that, a runner often lives somewhere between “No pain, no gain” and “Slow and steady wins the race”. There are times when we should push ourselves through pain and stress. There are times when we should completely back off and take time off to care for our bodies.
I think that I’m at a point with my shin where I need to take a little time off from running and nurture it until it’s ready for me to run, again.
I tried 1/2 mile on my treadmill, tonight. It hurt. So I’m gonna work on strengthening exercises and stretching, until I’m ready to start my miles up, again.
It’s no fun. I’d really like to go for a 7 mile run and just take in the winter. But that will come. For now, I’m going to sit back, watch some TV, and use my shin as an excuse to be a little lazy.