My half-marathon training group does not officially start for about another two weeks. These last few weeks I’ve been training on my own, slowly increasing my mileage and pace.
Apparently, I’m not increasing slow enough. Not only is my IT band bothering me, but I’m also experiencing shin splints. Ouch.
So I decided to take at least a week off of running for my body to heal. In addition, I will be stretching, strengthening, foam rolling, tennis ball rolling, icing, taking anti-inflamatories and avoiding my high heels like it is nobody’s business. Oh, and I’ll be making a trip to local running stores for some new running shoes.
These babies are close to too much mileage :(
I hate that it has come to this, but I don’t want to make things worse. Of course, this doesn’t mean I will stop working out completely. Never. It’s me we are talking about. I need exercise to keep me sane!
To keep up with my workouts, for at least the next week, bike riding and swimming will be my cardio of choice.
Swimoutlet.com, $42.95 on sale
Like my new swimsuit?! I feel so official!
Honestly, I don’t mind that these two activities will replace cardio. Last Friday I decided to sign up for a triathlon with my friend Raechelle, so I need some work! Haha. BUT I will miss running.
Oh! and there will be lots of Pure Barre, pilates and yoga going on to help strengthen and stretch the surrounding muscles.
… and that’s my plan of attack.
I have been doing so much research into IT band issues and shin splints, and have so much more to share with y’all, but will be spreading it out over two more posts because the amount of information, well, it’s a lot!
Have you ever had an IT band problem?
Shin splints when you run?
Any other running injury?
What do you do to recover from any injury?