Friday, February 12, 2010

Pain Tolerance

A few weeks ago my left leg started giving me problems.  I kept running and the pain seemed to get worse and worse each day.  Not a pain to stop running, but very annoying.  I am not sure exactly what the issue is, but I have determined it's lower leg.  It could be shine splints??  It could be my ankle. Not sure.

After running 22 miles on Saturday and a 7 mile race on Sunday I decided to take a few days off.  I was only planning on 2-3 days, but it's been 5 so far.  The pain only occurs when I put pressure on the left.  This includes running, squats, and other types of lifting.

I have been cross training this week.  I've been swimming 5 times and cycling 3 times.  First time back in the pool and on the bike since the end of September.  Hopefully these activities are not making things worse?

This weekend looks like I will either run or take off completely.  I want this leg issue to heal.  At the same time I don't want to miss too many more running workouts.  It's amazing how you can go running from 80+ miles per week to 0.   On a positive note I will still have 8 weeks left to train for the Boston Marathon.


Brent Buckner said...

Stress fracture?

Hope not - feel better!

Today's wordver: grand

Andy said...

Sorry to hear about your leg... Hopefully staying off of it for a bit while keeping other cardio workouts in place will help. Still having 8 weeks to train for Boston is great though. Keep it up!

KodaFit said...

If it ends being shin splints, you can try the usual icing and that kind of thing, and then I've had a great deal of success wearing shin sleeves - they're like heavy duty neoprene compression sleeves, and they've done wonders for me. I use the BioSkin ones, but there seems to be a couple of brands out there...