Frames From The Weekend 11/7/2014 – 11/9/2014

Guys and gals, do you realize that it’s basically mid-November already? No comment from me.

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My weekend was the perfect balance of relaxation and socializing. It’s all about “balance” right! Or something like that…

Friday

{Fridays have become my stay-home-and-rest days. Now that I don’t have insanely long runs the following morning, I can actually go out on Friday nights. But of course I’ve gotten so used to my relaxing evenings that I no longer have any desire to actually socialize at the end of the week! This Friday was no different – I stayed in, snacked on half a bar of chocolate, baked chicken, caught up with Runner’s World, and even snagged some organic avocados from my favorite fruit man!}

Saturday

{I accidentally slept in so late on Saturday! I won’t even tell you how late because I’m ashamed…just kidding I’m not. I woke up super rested, chugged some coffee, and set out on my weekend run. I once again made the rookie mistake of increasing my mileage too quickly after a big race, and now my shin splints are back! I’m so damn upset grrrr. I even had to cut my run short at 3.5 miles because I didn’t want to push through the pain. It’s time to take some time off again. I didn’t let some stupid shin splints ruin my Saturday night though. My ladies and I met up at my usual hangouts – Gansevoort and PH-D – where we danced out our stresses.}

This upcoming week is gonna be busy and I won’t have running to keep me sane! This shin splint pain has me slightly freaked out so I’m planning on taking at least one full week of rest. It’s an odd feeling, especially because running is such an integral part of my life now. It’s become a habit! But I need to be a smart runner and resist the temptation, ugh!

Shin splints, how do you deal with them?

♥ Irina

6 Comments

  1. November 10, 2014 / 8:31 am

    It really doesn’t seem like you have increased your mileage too quickly after the race. It seems like you are susceptible to shin pain. Are your shoes supportive enough? Are you running an easy pace?

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      I’m definitely highly susceptible to shin pain because I have semi-flat feet. I’ve tried orthotics multiple times but they always ended up doing more harm than good, regardless of the type (store-bought or custom-made) and the transition time. I think the issue is that I went from zero to 12 miles total after the marathon…way too much too soon. I need to do 2 miles at a time slowly! Patience…

  2. November 10, 2014 / 8:53 am

    sounds like a nice, balanced weekend. i had a great long run on Saturday morning now that i’m finally pain-free, and another with a girlfriend on Sunday morning, both along the west side. sorry to hear about your shin splints — i’ve had them on and off as well. switching shoes recently (and taking more rest days) helped me. hope you heal soon! ps — cute pic of your girls’ night out!

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:47 pm

      Yay for being pain free!!! At least one of us gets to enjoy running in this awesome weather. You’re running in the Kinvaras right? I’ve been meaning to give them a try, maybe it’s time to do so!

  3. November 10, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    You’re doing so much better with Runner’s World than I am. I JUST started the October issue Friday night, so we’re probably looking at a solid 4-6 weeks until I get to November. Haha. I’ll have to take them with me when I go home for Thanksgiving and see if I can knock out some reading on the train.

    • November 12, 2014 / 1:48 pm

      To be honest, I totally skimmed the October and November issues! It usually takes me forever to read even one issue but this time around I didn’t even read all of the articles 🙁 Not sure why…