In looking back at my training history for the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, I think I can pinpoint a couple of things that led to my injuries. I started my plan off strong at the first of the year, but took a week off around President’s Day weekend when I flew to Atlanta to visit with family. My first run back was around 7 miles, which was more than what my plan said I should have run and definitely more miles that I should have run after taking a week off. I started to develop shin splints around this time and realized I had stopped cross training. Fast forward a week to early March, and I knew something wasn’t right. I bought a new pair of running shoes that supported my pronation and instead of slowly breaking them it, I started running in them immediately. Let’s review the series of incidents thus far:
1 week off + no easing back in + high mileage + no cross training + shin pain + immediately running in new shoes
On March 11, I ran the St. Patrick’s 8K. For the most part, I felt great and my splits were tracking to goal. I had some minor calf discomfort during the last 1.5 mile, but nothing unusual given my penchant for wearing three-inch heels at work. Two hours later though…pain. I knew I was in trouble when I was trying on jeans after the race and couldn’t put weight on my left leg to take a pair off. I got out of the mall and back home as soon as possible.
Once I got home, I assessed the damage:
- Swollen left knee
- Difficulty putting weight on the inside of my left foot
- Left shin and calf sore to the touch
- Difficulty moving in general
I spent the rest of the afternoon laying in bed with ice packs on my leg and watched TV. When I woke up the next day with my leg feeling worse, I called my chiropractor on my way to work for a referral to a orthopedist. By 9 AM, I had an appointment scheduled for that Thursday. At this point, I was still optimistic that I hadn’t done major damage and could still run the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run on April 1.
Stay tuned for the next installment.