A week ago Sunday, I went for my usual 5K run. It was a lovely Sunday morning and my iPod was churning out some great running songs. When I started my run, I did feel some tenderness in my left shin, but didn’t think too much of it and I decided to just keep running and hope that I could “run it off”. Because I’ve always struggled with shin splints, I make sure I also stretch properly as I believe this aids shin splints, so I’m not skimping in that department. At the end of my run, I immediately iced my shins and took some anti-inflammatories as I usually do. The problem is, it doesn’t seem like your average shin splints. I have an actual bump on my left shin which is a little worrying!
I saw no improvement and it kept getting worse a couple of days later. I could hardly walk down stairs! So, I’ve been resting my little legs for the last week. It’s so frustrating because I was really getting into a running “groove” and was doing really well. This is such a set back! So, I decided to pop into my local running shop for some friendly advice. I spoke to one of the sport science students who informed me that it might be a stress fracture. Eeeek!! He advised me to go and see my GP to get a more in-depth look at what’s going on. So, I’ve got an appointment tomorrow morning. I really hope it’s not bad news. I was so enjoying my running routine…. 😦
What sucks the most, is the fact that I couldn’t participate in the Adidas Women’s 5K on Sunday. I’m gutted! My legs were simply too sore to run 5km’s. I’m a little worried about my Tree-Athlon for this coming Saturday. I think if it’s the worse case scenario: I’ll just have to walk it. At the end of the day, it’s about completing the race and everything goes towards charity.
Hopefully this is just a minor set-back and I’ll be back to my training schedule sooner rather than later.
Well, I’m off to see the doctor tomorrow so fingers crossed and I’ll let you all know how it went.