Thursday, March 11, 2010

Slow and steady

I don't have a lot of self-control when it comes to training. I'll get excited about something and then I'll start hitting it (the pool, the pavement, the pedals) hard. One of the things I'm going to have to learn to do over these next nine months is pace myself.

With swimming and cycling, I can generally push as hard as I want to push without repercussion (other than the risk of overtraining, that is). With running, it's a different story. I have a short history with running and it's not a good one. Most, if not all, of my attempts to scale my mileage up over the past five years have ended in shin splints, stress fractures and loss of morale. And I'm doing it again.

I'm not putting in a lot of miles, but I am putting in one long run per week and my legs (shins, specifically) are starting to complain. In the past, I've tried to push through this kind of pain and it's only gotten worse. Today, I took the first step (no pun intended) in another direction. I decided to walk most of my scheduled run today, and jog the rest of it very easily

Yes, it was hard. Yes, it took just about every ounce of willpower in my body... but I did it.

I'm going to try and make myself continue this sort of preventative, triage-esque running/walking until the pain subsides. Hopefully that won't be longer than a week, and then I'll begin ramping the mileage back up again at a slower pace.