Pity Party.

I have been plagued by another running injury.  I mentioned in previous posts that I am climbing up the kilometer ladder and have made it to 8.2 km.  About 4 days after that run, I did a 5km run home from the office.  Then 2-3 days after that I ran again, only to be stopped at 3.6 km due to significant pain in the lower part of my legs.  That pain is now over a week old and not going away anytime soon.  Ugh.

Shin splints.

Bloody hell! Really?!   I am so frustrated.  I was getting into a great groove and now this.  It’s been 5 days since my last run.  I’ve been resting, I’ve been doing some stretching. Yet, every time I walk down a flight of stairs, I feel an electric-shock like pain running down the right lateral side of my lower leg.  Have I now irritated the fibular nerve?  The pain also seems to be creeping up just behind the knee so now I am also thinking it might be the right IT band.  $(%SK@!!

I have clearly done too much, too fast.  That’s the type-A personality in me, I suppose.  My girlfriends have all signed up for a 10km run in May.  I don’t think my body will let me run 10 km.  I think I’m destined to be a 5km runner.  Don’t misunderstand me – I didn’t have dreams of running a marathon (though the thought of walking/running the real Marathon route in Greece has been something I’ve been thinking about lately) – but I thought at least I could run 10 km.  It felt within my reach.  Now? Not so much.

I know what I should do — physio, stretching, ice and rest.  I’ll get through this injury.  Guess there’s no run for me today, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it is -10C today.  Bright side, right?

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