Thursday, July 30, 2009

Samsonite! I was WAY off!!!

So, I had all intentions of a 4 mile run yesterday after work. Let me start off by saying that running at 3pm in July is probably not the brightest idea. And even tho it was *only* 77 degrees out yesterday, which is unseasonable cool for the midwest, it was still humid and I was not properly hydrated at all. In fact, earlier in the day, I had just told my friend at work that I had been SO BUSY at work that I didn't even have time to pee, therefore, I also had no time to keep hydrated the way I normally do. I probably had less than 48 oz of water during my entire workday as opposed to a typical 96 or so oz.

Anyway, I headed out to the downtown airport to run the loop out there (3.6 miles). It's a pretty flat area and one of my favorite spots to run. Plus, it is RIGHT on my way home from work.

Well, I knew at the end of the first mile that I was not well hydrated and should probably turn around and head back to my car rather than finish the entire loop. But I was stupid...and kept on going. Once I turned the corner, things took a turn for the worse. The cool breeze I had been running into on the way up the loop was gone. It was hot, humid, and I was dragging. Not to mention that my left leg started to give a familiar pain. :( I'm *hoping* it's just shin splints. I'm *fearing* it may be my stress fracture. Needless to say, I walked pretty much the rest of the way around the loop. How disappointing. I had a great 4 mile run last week and thought that I was getting my groove back. And yesterday I probably didn't even run 2 whole miles of the loop.

I'm gonna feel it out over the next few days. Rest, ice, etc. I really do hope it's just shin splints since I just started running again after being off for 2 months. I really can't afford another injury. I've already registered for Nations and I'm doing it no matter what, even if I have to walk the run portion. But it's just disappointing to think I may have an injury again.

At this point, I'm really thinking I need to invest in a stride coach. It's not cheap, but if my form is getting me injured, I need to make the investment to correct it. I'll follow up more on that later.

In other news, Fair Weather Runner, the Self-Proclaimed Running DORK is headed my way today and we're going to do lunch! How exciting, my first bloggie meet up - woot! I feel a pic for Friday Foto coming on....!!! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009: 3.6 mile run/walk


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am sure you and FWR will be snogging by the end of the "Date." LOL (sorry watched Harry Potter last week)

"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!"

Have a great day Ash!! Hope your legs is OK. What in the green Earth is a "stride coach"?

Brian said...

Your playin it smart! Just take it easy for a couple days, much better safe then sorry as you know. Gave me a heads up on the hydration too, i havent drank much water yet today, thanks :)

Carolina John said...

must be nice to still be at 77 degrees. we're upper 80's low 90's all week.

sneakersister said...

Take it easy Ashley. Icing and rest helps so much.

By the way, I tagged you. Check out my latest post.

kilax said...

I was in KC on the 25th, and we drove by the airport and I saw people running and thought of you.

I hope your shin is better! I am dealing with shin pain now and it is making me crazy!!!