Saturday, 28 August 2010

Track Test

Day 13, 9.42am. It's been a long two weeks trying to back off from training. I've successfully distracted myself from the annoying shin pain that emerged after my hilly exploits. I've been working far too much and fiddling with my camera in between. Blogging has suffered as it just serves to remind me of all those lovely runs I'm missing out on.

I've had suggestions of shin splints being the cause. I'm trying to ignore this possible diagnosis, though the fine and straight talking Coach Scobie would describe it as denial. I've been dutifully following his instructions; packing the ice and wolfing down the anti-inflammatory pills. I'm hoping the funny achy, tight and sore bit will recover quick. Each missed long run and track session is one step nearer to being the lumpy, unfit and sweaty animal that I remember last time I had to start all over again. 

I'm feeling panicked that all those tough sessions stacked up in the fitness bank; like fine and neat rows of colourful knitting are slowly but surely being unravelled. So, after a couple of weeks of taking it all very easy with only a test run or two I'm gonna poke it with a metaphorical stick and see what happens. M is on the track today, so I'm following. I won't be going full throttle but I will try a bit of mixed pace to push what the leg can do. It will end in one of two ways; hopefully no tears will feature. Wish me and the shin luck.


Anonymous said...

I feel your frustration about losing all what you have put in Sarah and not wanting to let your side down. Things like these cannot be rushed with anti-inflammatory pills? You could end up making it worse and having an operation which don't alway's work. Shin injury's can take approx 12 weeks to heal but it's better than retirement from your sport if you force it. Use racer trainer's on the track. Don't use spikes unless your racing. Just be gentle on yourself with cross training and more photography. You will return to form. Hope this helps :-)

ultra collie said...

well..its now after the did it go?
hopefully ok
im no expert rb but im not sure track pounding is the best way back in..maybe some gentle, not hilly, soft off road might be easier on it.
fingers crossed anyway

Runningbear said...

Thanks guys. Spikes are packed away whilst the legs recover. Still not sure what it is, shin splits is worst case scenario but not sure if its that either.

And UC, it seems mad as a plan I know so understand where you're coming from. I knew it wasn't a tear and two weeks is long enough for most minor things before a bit of a test - I was very cautious in the end but needed to get an idea of what I was dealing with. Leg okay for now. Will keep you posted!

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