When it comes to picking battles in real life, I'm a pro. I know what's important to me, and for the most part I know when to let things roll off my back and when to pick up a sword and start slaying dragons.
|I posted this to FB in one of my running groups after Day 15 of the streak. (Can you catch the typo?)|
|Here's the face of someone who doesn't know when to quit: the day after that post, I hopped on a treadmill anyway.|
|Foam rolling and sleeping in my compression socks seemed to help a bit.|
|Day 17: Today I tried my luck in another pair of shoes, but nothing much changed there.|
The threat of injury should easily outweigh anything else, but it's hard to take shin splints seriously. Plus, I tried to take yesterday and today off and was so grumpy and fidgety that I had to get to the gym. And once there, I had to run! The rowing machine, the elliptical...yeah, I spent time on those, but in the end I needed to pound out a couple miles before I felt satisfied. Nothing makes me happier than a run.
I know what the seasoned runners will say. I know, as a relatively experienced (if not average) runner, what I should do. But I felt transcendent running through my pain today, telling it to shut up, take a back seat, and let me do my thing. In a way, I think this is something I need because it will teach me not to back down at the first sign of discomfort, and I know when I'm doing 16 or 18 miles during training, I'm going to need to know how to push through some pain.
|All the treadmill shots lately can be explained by this.|
On a more cheery note, I'm currently designing my first running tattoo. I've decided to reward myself post-streak (however long it ends up being). I told my parents about it last week, and then received this email from my mom after she had shared the news with my grandparents.
|Either Grandma is a master guilt-tripper, or the sweetest lady ever.|
What are your thoughts on running through discomfort?
How do you decide when enough is enough?
Do you have any running-related body art?
ahh I have the worst shin splints. they're horrible. feels like a frying pan is being smacked again my legs when I run and mine swell to the size of almost-baseballs. yikes.ReplyDelete
do you have other tattoos? exciting! I definitely want to get a tattoo after I finish my first marathon :) no idea of what however.
My shins don't swell, thankfully!Delete
This will be my first, and it's going to be a big one, but I'm not going to reveal it until it's inked on :o)
When I worked next to a PT office she would always tell me to shorten my stride whenever anything related to my lower leg was bothering me. Since then I've never had shin problems. ICE also!!ReplyDelete
Ooh, I will keep that in mind! I tend to have a pretty short stride anyway, but I'll definitely check to make sure I'm not overextending.Delete
Yes I'm so over the rain. You aren't the first person I've heard put a stop to the runstreak. Great in theory but not for training!ReplyDelete
There's definitely pros and cons to the streak. As this is the first I've ever done, and I think I've gotten from it pretty much what I needed, I'm going to take some pressure off myself to finish it completely :o)Delete
What is with these storms all over the US?! So crazy!
Ohhh... that's a hard one. It really depends on the discomfort - where, how bad, what it feels like exactly, how it responds to running slower / more careful footfall / shorter strides / better form...ReplyDelete
I think that's part of the difference between being a recreational runner (running just for fun or fitness) and being a competitive one (wanting to improve one's ability). To get better you have to be able to live with some discomfort while still taking it seriously.
As to #3, I have a tattoo planned but it's not running related.
You're definitely right that dealing with the pain and choosing to run through it is a sign of a more serious runner. Anytime we push our boundaries in order to improve, we're going to face some pain or discomfort, at least in the beginning.Delete
I hope you'll post a pic of your tattoo on your blog once you get it!