After putting some distance between myself and my overzealous half marathon training program, I’m realizing my stupidity at attempting to up myself from running 30 minutes (maximum) 3-4 times per week to 5 times per week. Really, over Christmas break I hadn’t run much at all, so my shins/calves really took a beating.
I’ve been working out on the recumbent bike for the past week to relax my shins. Because it’s so low impact (like, no impact), I went 5 times last week and my calves still had time to relax. There is still a sore point in my right calf (which is funny because my left had been more sore at first, but that subsided). If it continues through this week, I’ll definitely make an appointment with a sports medicine doc, (like I said I was going to last week…).
I’m going to give myself a little more time before I start running again. I want to do this right. I still want to run my half marathon this year! (As it is my New Year’s resolution.) First, I need to make sure my shins/calves have fully healed and I also want to lose a little weight before I start running again. But this time, I’ll ease myself into it, with cross training (bike or elliptical) on my off days. My goal date to start training again is March 1st, but we’ll see where I’m at when the day comes.