Hey Guys! So, I got this e-mail from an old friend who I've recently reconnected with after she found Runninghood. She has just started running again and is wanting to train for a half marathon! She is ready to take charge of her life and start getting back in shape and reach some big running goals! I'm super excited and inspired by her new goals! Her e-mails to me have been uplifting and encouraging and it has been wonderful to see her makes the choices in life that say "I'm in control here and I can do it!"
She has come across some pains/injury recently and feeling discouraged about continuing. She asks some common questions about shoes, injury, steps to keeping going and staying healthy...some questions we've all had at some point. I especially wanted to post this e-mail because she is not alone...any beginner/returning/seasoned runner could have written this and I'd like to ask you for some of your wise words for her (and anyone else out there who is in the same boat)! So, if you would, please share some advice, and words of wisdom and encouragement! I know that so many of you have many GREAT things to share...I've learned TONS and been inspired by you so I thought I'd share you with my friend. Sounds like she could use some advice on shoes, injury, realistic race goals (timeline), and getting back in shape without feeling discouraged. Thanks!
I am writing to tell you that I've been avoiding you. I'm super bummed.
Okay. I'll tell.
Weeks 1, 2, and 3 of the Sara G. 5-k plan were going great (trying to build my running base)
Week 4 - hit a HUUUUGGGE wall with a fancy injury that I can't name/pinpoint.
So week 4 is a wash and I'm supposed to be doing some active recovery to keep motivated and active.
But. I. just. want. to. give. up.
It's Wednesday already and I haven't made it to the gym once. I'm so discouraged and feeling like that Oct. 1/2 is way out of sight.
The fear: I don't know if this week off will be enough or if I get back on the trail only only to find the pain return when I hit that first 1/2 mile mark again.
The injury/pain: I think it started 2 weeks ago when I pushed myself to finish running up a darn hill by my house. I pushed myself because I knew I could cover the distance and felt the "burn" in my calves was an indication of good work. The following 4 runs out were marked with this same calf pain (sometimes in one calf, sometimes in the other). Eventually (when I kept pushing it), the pain wrapped around to my shin and now I have a shin splint to ice each night.
Since when is it so dangerous to run up a damn hill in your average neighborhood?
The culprit? You will cringe when I tell you that I think I hurt my lower legs because I did my first 3 weeks of training with cross-training shoes and not running shoes. I thought nothing of it since I was covering such small distances. I also forgot (after visiting Runner's Roost) that I actually require a slight stabililty shoe (for over pronation).
I need some serious advice. Are my running days over?
I feel dreadful
Also, thank you so much for all of your warm messages about my marathon on Monday. I've loved all of your comments on my race report/highlights and my mini recap. I hope to get a chance to respond and catch up with you soon!