Maybe it was the meat loaf for dinner. That’s a heavy meal that sticks with you for a while.
Perhaps it was the dehydration. I’m awful at drinking enough water.
It could’ve been the rougher terrain. Hail storm a couple nights ago knocked around LOTS of debris.
Apart from the stitch I got in my side (this is a side affect that I have noticed before, when I try to do physical activity without being properly hydrated), by the fourth running segment, I starting feeling a pain in my shins. I tried to shrug it off, no big deal, pains come and go all the time. But, as you can see from my times listed below, during the fifth shift of running, it was too bad to ignore. A pain unlike any I had felt before. It wasn’t muscle pain, or fatigue, but rather a dull ache right down in my bones. This pain was present in both legs. It was so bad that I had trouble driving home.
Talking to my husband about it after I did manage to get home, he diagnosed me with shin splints. Having no idea what a shin splint was, what caused it, how to keep it from happening again, I did a bit of googeling. I came across these two awesome websites (WebMd and Medical News Today) which answered any questions about shin splints that I could have, and confirmed in my little head that my husband had diagnosed me right.
To save you the tedious job of reading through these websites, let’s just say that shin splints are an inflamation of the shin bone (the Tibia) and my shin splints are probably caused by my flat feet running on the hard concrete.
I haven’t always had flat feet; but being pregnant tends to make your feet go all out of shape. See, what happens is, when you are pregnant, you have this hormone that causes your ligaments to relax (you’ve gotta be able to get a 6+ lb child through your pelvic girdle, the ligaments stretch). However, this hormone isn’t focused to your pelvic region, it effects EVERY ligament in your body, including the ones that hold your feet together. My feet grew a half size to a whole size with each pregnancy and they don’t shrink back afterwards.
What am I going to do to combat these shin splints? Get inserts for my shoes, for the arch support. That’s it for now. If that doesn’t do the trick I might have to try something else, or even more drastic, go to the doctor. But for now, this is going to have to be enough for me.
Do you have some sort of physical condition that might keep you from physical activity? How do you combat it and fight through it?
Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 26:06.9
- Warm-up: 5:01.2
- Run: 1:01.6
- Walk: 1:30.8
- Run: 1:02.1
- Walk: 1:30.5
- Run: 1:02.1
- Walk: 1:31.6
- Run: 1:01.0
- Walk: 1:32.2
- Run: 0:51.4
- Walk: 10:01.2 to complete around the track
Total Distance: 1.0 Miles
Calories Burned: 228
- Reliant K – Must’ve Done Something Right
- Stepenwolf – Born to Be Wild
- Relient K – Mood Rings
- Smashmouth – All Star
- Reliant K – Must Have Done Something Right (again, played twice?)
- Journey – Any Way You Want It
- Switchfoot – This is Your Life
- Yellow Card – Life of a Salesman