Yesterday’s 8 Mile Run

6 Mar

I was so nervous before yesterday’s long run with my half marathon training group. I’m not sure why I get nervous when every week we only add 1 mile, but I’m always scared I won’t be able to finish or I will be way out in the middle of no where with shin pain and have to walk all the way back.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, with yesterday’s run! It was amazing. My mom and I ran a little bit slower than usual, and we just felt great the whole time. The miles seemed to fly by (isn’t it awesome when that happens?). I had no pain, no shin pain…nothing!

When we got back I didn’t have pain either! Last week, as soon as I stopped running my shins were throbbing and walking up and down stairs hurt them. I honestly felt so fresh yesterday once I finished…I think I could have ran 10 miles if I wanted to!

It’s runs like that that give me a runner’s high. Runs like that are why I keep running. It’s amazing what your body can do! I’m excited to keep adding miles, even though each week I know I will be nervous. I’m especially nervous that we will be running 12 during this training cycle. For half marathons, I’ve only ran up to 10 miles! But I think it will make me a stronger runner.

Our half is on April 27 in Ocean City, MD.

Anyone else preparing for spring races?

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5 Responses to “Yesterday’s 8 Mile Run”

  1. Lauren @ Powered by Oatmeal March 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Currently well into Boston training and as of Sunday post-16 miler, sidelined with shin issues. What did you do after your problems last week?? Btw, just stumbled upon your blog and love it!

    • reach-yourpeak March 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you!

      I have had shin issues for years because I have super flat feet. I make sure to roll my calves on a tennis ball regularly, along with the rest of my legs too. I Also try to ice regularly but am not as good about that sometimes =X I would say stretching and strengthening your anterior tibialis (front of shin muscle) is the best way to help shin pain! I Will actually have a how-to video posted on my blog in the next day or two showing this =) Please let me know if you have more questions! Hope you enjoy my blog!

      • Lauren @ Powered by Oatmeal March 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

        Funny enough, it’s tightness in the anterior tibialis that is currently causing me pain, but I definitely think I need to have my dad send down one of my old lacrosse balls (tennis balls don’t last around here…#dogownerproblems) to really get into the muscle…foam rolling doesn’t always do it!

      • reach-yourpeak March 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

        does it burn there when you run? if so it could mean that muscle is weak. And yes the lax ball is definitely a good idea! My cats love tennis balls too lol

  2. Kathleen AKA Precious Pearl March 7, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Reblogged this on Kathleen's Selah's and commented:
    This one looks like a keeper 🙂

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