4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Weather? Perfect. Run? Horrible

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Arrived in Florida last night.  After 3 days cooped up in the car with 3 other sick people, and 4 days (since Christmas Eve) of eating like a pig, I was looking forward to the warm, sunny weather, and getting in a nice warm weather run.  I’ve probably gained 5 pounds of fat with all the big meals I’ve eaten in the last few days, and all the snacking and soda drinking I’ve done in the car.  So, this morning is when I would start battling back – was up by 7am and out on the road at 7:30.  Mapped out a nice 5.1 mile route around the Plantation, FL hotel where I’m staying.

All went well for about the first mile.  Then, I could feel the familiar sounds of my right shin throwing a hissy fit.  While I have not experienced shin splits in at least the last year, I have a long and familiar history with the affliction.  Crossed my fingers and hoped it would just go away.  Sometimes, if you continue to run through it, the muscle loosens up on its own, and sometimes, it just gets worse.  Today, it just got worse.  By 1.5 miles, I had to stop and walk.  Walked for a few minutes, did a couple of stretches, and tried to continue, but it was simply not meant to be.

I ended up cutting the workout down to 4 miles, and walked for probably 1.5 of the miles.    Big, fat disappointment.  I was just stunned that the shin split would show up now.  In the past, this is something that normally bothered me in the cold weather of winter, but the temp was a perfectly warm 75 degrees.  The culprit is probably the extra weight I’m now carrying around.

Anyway, really not happy with how things went this morning.  Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow…


Written by SCL

December 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Posted in injury, running

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  1. […] to get two warm weather runs in, although the run workouts in my last trip to Miami in December (here and here) were a total disaster. Posted by SCL Filed in bike, gym, running, […]

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