Ok, so I think I have become a bit preoccupied with times over the last few days so decided to change my training a bit today as an experiment.
After a long warm up I decided to just run. Not run to a particular timing, just run at a nice comfortable but steady pace that suits me for as long as I could and then take a walking recovery break until I felt ready to run again. I was hoping that I might surprise myself. Well at least that was the plan..I had been running for about two mins, I felt quite comfortable and was getting into my ‘zone’ when I suddenly developed a really bad pain in my left shin and a moderate pain in my right shin. The pain would shoot up my shins each time my foot would strike the tarmac. It pretty much stopped me in my tracks.
I stopped for a minute and the pain lessened considerably when not running. So I walked for a while and although I could still feel pain while I walk it was nowhere near as bad. So I tried to run again…the same thing happened again and I had to stop. Is this shin splints? I don’t believe that this is my shoes as I have had a gait analysis done and bought shoes according to the result. The shoes I have feel like a dream are very comfortable to run in. I have spoken to my trainer and she has suggested icing the area and reducing the running intervals, which I will of course do but I feel like I am going backwards!! I am trying very hard not be disheartened by this setback.
Something I have never mentioned before is that I am a smoker…something I am not proud of but it is unfortunately a fact. After my Tuesday training session I was wheezing all day, this was the first time I have felt like that since I started running and I am going to assume that now the training has stepped up a bit more (5 to 7 mins of continuous running) my lungs appear to have reached their limit. I have now smoked for almost 20 years. For the first couple of hours at home on Tuesday my chest was quite painful and I was finding it difficult to breathe…I couldn’t smoke a cigarette if I had wanted to!
I always said that one day I would try to give up but felt that until I really wanted to give up, it would a pointless effort, I still stand by that now.
I have thought a great deal about that since then and I know that I enjoy running more than I enjoy smoking so I now know that it is time to try. I have made the first step…I have an appointment on the 27th March at the Smoking Clinic that is held at my GP’s surgery…it’s a start right?! I now want to quit because becoming a runner is now so important to me. I can already feel the benefits of the running as all the little aches and pains I used to get through inactivity are gone. So the time has come…I just hope I don’t put too much weight on 🙂