Thoughts and ramblings of an ultrarunner. I love long runs because I can think freely.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
So What's Up?
So, what's been going on? Yes, it's been a long time. For 2012 I had several marathons on my calendar after completing Comrades. Chicago in October, and New York in November. I was training hard to hopefully go for a P R in Chicago. While in Las Vegas for a family reunion in late July, I was doing my 3rd run in a row. I had run 12, 15, and was running 11 this day. Around mile 9 my shin began to hurt. I walked for a few minutes and there was no pain. So I started running again, and immediate pain. Fortunately I was near my hotel, so I just walked there and figured I'd take a couple of days off. Back in Oklahoma after a few days I tried to run again. pain within 1/2 mile. I knew something was wrong, and thought I had a stress fracture. Doctor did MRI and the diagnosis was "shin splints." However, shin splints is a generic term for several different injuries. More specifically mine was "medial tibial stress syndrome." Chicago, out, New York, out. To be fair, I was told I could run these, but not well, and that I might set my running back a few more months. Not what I wanted, so I bit the bullet and pulled out of both marathons. I took physical therapy for 2 months and cross trained by riding a bike. I ran 3 miles in August, about 80 in September, and bit by bit built back up to over 200 in January. My first race back was a small 5k in which I ran in the 24's. I was ok with that because it was very windy and the course was hilly. I ran a Turkey Trot 5k and pulled it down to a high 22. I ran a 1/2 marathon in December under 1:45 and figured I was ready for a marathon. That will come February 24 in New Orleans.
Much more has been going on, but this is hopefully a first step in starting back to write in my blog.
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