I’ve never thought of myself as a weak person; medical wise that is.
When SARS swept through Canada I managed to dodge that bullet. When Swine Flu seeped through the city, I skillfully avoided that nightmare. I rarely get the sniffles, and although I sometimes lose my voice, and occasionally faint, I rarely have something wrong with me.
Until I started running that is.
I have encountered every running ache known to man. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I’ve had:
- IT Band Syndrome,
- Numb toes,
- Tummy issues,
- Plantar fasciitis and now…
- Shin splints (from hell).
I have been stopped in my track, during these critical training days, by shin-splints.
Yesterday I opted out of speed training and hit the elliptical at the gym for ½ an hour, and ran lightly (we’re talking 8min/km or 12:50min/mile) on the treadmill for ½ an hour.
I still felt it.
I’m been icing my leg on and off for about 2 hours a day. I got new shoes (the same as my old ones, as they have got the best support for over pronation) and in a final scramble for help, I booked myself an appointment with my sports doctor for next Thursday (the soonest I could get).
There may or may not have been lots of tears in the last few days, as the pain is sometimes so bad I have to squeeze my eyes tight to get my mind off it.
And then the thought of not being able to finish the marathon on October 10th? Well don’t even get me started on that, as just the mere thought makes me feel sick.
I’ve spent a kabillion hours googling shin splints, and it looks like “rest” is the only, real option. But obs, time isn’t on my side…
I know I only have one right leg, and there will be many marathons, but… well, let’s not even go there. The Marathon will happen…
Off lie on the couch and pout,