I haven’t felt much like blogging lately, mostly because I haven’t really done much running lately due to my shin splints or whatever’s going on with my leg, so I haven’t felt much like a runner. I actually want to write a full blog post about that topic (not feeling like a “runner,” feeling like you should to push yourself vs. listening to your body) later, but I would like today’s post to celebrate my first real long run in weeks, an 18 miler I ran yesterday.
Because my right shin has been bothering me so much lately, I decided to run on the treadmill because I didn’t want to wind up miles away from my car or house and not be able to get back. The first few miles really sucked, to be honest. My shin was tight and hurt a lot, but finally I got frustrated and foam rolled it out a bit and my leg actually felt a lot better. So much better, in fact, that I decided to take my run outside after four miles.
It was cold, overcast, and windy for a lot of the run, although the skies did briefly clear up for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and I was able to get a photo of some blue sky. During the last few miles of my run I was really hating life, but somehow I dug down deep and pulled through. My Garmin for the whole run (4 miles on the treadmill, 14 outside):
The miles were slow, and I’m still averaging at least a minute per mile slower than I was last year, but I finished those 18 miles and for the first time in almost a month I felt like a runner. And so Scott and I celebrated with fro yo.
How have your runs been going?
Is the weather getting any nicer where you are?
How was your St. Patty’s Day?