Day 44 -- Damn You Shin Splints!

The plan for today was an easy three-mile run at the gym (thank you rain for forcing me indoors).  And after a day of healthy eating, I headed to the gym to feel the burn!

Enter shin splints -- my foe, the cursed enemy of runners everwhere (or at least this runner).  I was 1.7 miles in when I felt the tears forming in my eyes.  Now, I'm an athlete.  I always have been, always will.  And with the athlete mentality that I have, I kept telling myself, "Fight through the pain."  So I did... for a while.  But after 1.7 miles,  I thought I was going to cry right there in the middle of the gym.  Every ounce of my shins (and knees!) were throbbing.  My right shin burned, so I tried to ease off it, putting more weight and pressure on my left leg.  Well, that just made my left shin throb.  And while the athlete in me kept screaming for me to keep going, I just couldn't.  In the back of my head, I also knew that I had a four-mile run coming up tomorrow, with my half-marathon training group.  So I spared my shins more misery tonight in order to be able to run with the group tomorrow. 

I'm a bit disappointed.  After all, with three months left before the half-marathon, I should be increasing my mileage each week. This isn't exactly how I envisioned my training going.  But, a little ice tonight, maybe a calf rub (if my husband is feeling generous), and I'll be back on the pavement tomorrow -- rain or shine (please pray for sun!  I hate the running in the rain.  Actually, I hate the rain.  Period.).  So here's hoping tomorrow's group run goes better than today's treadmill run to Grey's Anatomy at Gold's Gym.  :-\  I really don't want to be the slow girl in the group.  Come on shins... shape up!!!

Nicole's Daily Menu
1 cup Multigrain Cheerios with Milk
Babybel Light Cheese Round
Chobani Pineapple Yogurt
Turkey on a wheat wrap with lettuce, pickles, and lite mayo
Diced peaches
2 Plain Rice Cakes with Laughing Cow French Onion Spreadable Cheese
Pork chop with green beans
1 Chips Ahoy cookie
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