After a really strong 12 miler Saturday, I felt the same old shin tenderness pop back up again. I ran Sunday and felt okay. On Monday, I headed to a trail thinking that would be a better option but it started to hurt on the downhill portion so I quit one mile in to be conservative, and finished up on the spin bike instead.
I’ve been here before, as many of you know! So I’m not panicking. I know I’ve caught it before it progresses to anything serious. Typically a day or two of cross training does the trick.
However, now that I’m officially registered to run the Richmond marathon in November, I don’t want to be training when I’m walking the line (in terms of injury), if that makes sense.
I’d rather pull way back now so that I go into the marathon training refreshed and strong.
I saw my chiro/sports doctor yesterday who confirmed (as always) that I am a mess, ha! My calves had lots of knots, my back and hip flexors were very tight, and my mobility was pretty sad.
It’s amazing how good I feel after one treatment. I could twist and turn my neck and back significantly further afterwards, my hips were back in place and the knots were worked out. I’m realizing I probably need to have a regular date at his office through the fall to stay balanced.
The good news is, he can tell I’m stronger in my upper body and core than a year ago, and once we get everything working together and firing together, that will improve my overall efficiency and power.
He did not tell me I had to take time off or how much time off I should consider, but my gut is thinking 1-2 weeks to be conservative.
I’ll stick to spinning, strength training and Pilates/Barre. Plus some walking. And then build back up from there.
I realized I have been training pretty hard since November, and started to feel beat up after the half pr in March. I took minimal down time and then started working with a coach, (who, by the way, has been amazing!)
I feel like I’m training smarter than I have in the past, but I never gave my body all the recovery time it was asking for after a winter of intense training.
So that’s where I’m at… battling a semi injury-prone body but determined to come out ahead!
Do you build in weeks of the year to cut way back or switch to cross training?
Are you injury prone or are you one of the lucky few?