37 days and counting.
I can’t believe it’s coming up SO quickly! June 22nd, I’ll be running in my first half marathon and I couldn’t be more excited… or nervous! In 37 days I’ll be running 13.1 miles… the farthest I have ever ran. By far my hardest workout ever. Running has been my number one weakness… between injuries, sports induced asthma, etc., running has been something I have never felt “good” at. And running long distance has essentially been my worst nightmare.
So, when I got the chance to have Brooks Running send me to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, I jumped at the chance. Why? Because I want to crush my weaknesses this year (sounds cheezy, but I am serious!). Once I signed up for the RNR half, I was fully committed. I started with a diet turn-around with the Whole Life Challenge, and for the last few weeks, I’ve been busting my butt at the gym non-stop.
Training has been intense, exhausting, rewarding, and fun. In order to get ready for the half marathon, I am following the CrossFit Endurance program, a series of workouts specifically designed for a major athletic event. Coach Scott (owner of StoneWay CrossFit) is guiding me through the process. I started with my “official” training April 15th, 10-weeks before the big event, so I am half way through week 5 at this point (CRAZY!). The CrossFit Endurance program includes 4-5 CrossFit Workouts each week (I’ve been doing 4, upping it to 5 this week), and 3 endurance workouts each week. The first endurance workout each week includes sprint repeats for time, the second is a series of longer sprints for time, and the third is a distance run (1 mile repeats with rest in between, 5K, 10K, two 5K with 10 minute rest…). On top of it all, I have to include 2 full rest days each week. Needless to say, my weeks have been pretty busy recently
What is really cool is to see how my body is reacting to so much working out. My WOD (workout of the day) times are improving, my endurance is getting much better, my lifts are cleaner and heavier, and I am starting challenge myself more in the gym. It’s awesome!
But… About a week ago I experienced my first set back. Shin splints. At least… I am praying its shin splints and not something worse. During my workouts a little over a week ago, I started getting severe lower leg pain that flared up when I ran - in BOTH legs, in the same spot - especially when I was done with my workouts. It came to a peak while I was out on a 5K run through my neighborhood… the pain was so bad that I couldn’t even walk. I had to sit down on the curb for a few minutes, then use a tree to pull myself off the ground. I hobbled home in immense pain, feeling pretty discouraged. I started icing after every workout, and Scott has put me on a no-running regimen for the next few days. Instead of running, I’ve been rowing. I won't let these shine splints hinder my progress, though. This week I am heading to a local shoe store to get some serious running shoes – I’ve been told by a bunch of people that the fact that I am running on shoes I’ve had for 5+ years could definitely play a part in my injury. So, we’ll see if that helps. Between new shoes, icing post workouts, epsom salt baths, using a lacrosse ball to massage the painful spots, and lots of stretching... I hope my legs are healing.
For now, I am rowing along, actually enjoying being in the gym so much. I just hope these nasty shin splints go away ASAP! For the first time in my life, I can say that I am sad I can’t get out there and run right now (WHAT!?).
4 and a half weeks to go. Thirty-seven days. I CAN DO THIS!
Are you running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half?! Got any tips for shin splints? Any running shoes you love? Let me know on twitter @BonjourDanielle!