Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Run Back...Felt GREAT

After taking almost three weeks off running to let my shin splints heel (the result of jumping into 6, 8, 10, and 12 mile runs in a matter of weeks after not seriously running for about three months!)--with a lot of strength training, stretching, biking, and even the dreaded elliptical...oh yeah, and yoga--I went for my first run tonight: a short 5k trail run (43 deg. f; raining)  Well, at least it was supposed to be. I... admittedly...fell for the ol' I-feel-great-so-I'm-going-to-keep-going trick. I ended up finally stopping myself after remembering that the initial cause of shin splints is never painful, and once they show up, it's too late! So I finished up at about 4mi.

However, I decided to take the dogs for a walk when I got (I've been going barefoot as much as possible, trying to strengthen my feet/lower legs). That ended up being about a mile barefoot jog (and frikkin' cold).

So I'm feeling good, but I need accountability not to get overambitious. I'm going to continue on this 5k course for three more days, have a day of cross training, and then run a 5mi. on Sunday--all on the trails. I'm not going to transition back to roads for at least a few weeks.