On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

(I'm scared)

I hate to admit this, but it's true.

I'm scared.

You see, I've had a streak of some fairly competent running lately.

I've been increasing my mileage slowly but surely (and not just my overall mileage, but also how many days per week I run and how many miles I run at each go). I've been incorporating strength training. I've been trying (okay, I still have a lot of work to do) to improve my diet.

So why am I scared?

Because I've also had some shin pain. Only tiny twinges, and I've been icing and stretching and compressing and doing everything you're supposed to do. But this is eerily similar to last year. After some good race times last spring, my marathon training blew out in the middle of the summer in a blaze of summer heat and shin splints.

Will the same thing happen this year?


  1. Maybe convert some planned road mileage into treadmill mileage. Its easier on the body and may help you avoid catastrophe.

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  3. I can feel where you're coming from - every time I try to gear back up, something knocks me down. It's been happening since January and a had a marathon breakdown as a result. But we've got to try, right?

    BTW, Mike, if I ever want to assure myself of injury, I run on the treadmill. Guaranteed. To each his or her own, but they KILL me.

  4. Thank you, Ian, for your brevity ;)

    I'll try some treadmill miles, but the boredom - it kills me. Kills me. And yeah, Mark, it is what we do I guess!

  5. Do you ever run on trails? it'd be a shame to ruin your awesome PR streak...

  6. Good for you for upping the mileage and getting the strength training in!

    And I totally get your fear. I've had stress fractures the last two summer and was oh so upset. I feel like no matter what I do - if it's only run, or if it's run/cross/yoga/strength - I still am going to get hurt. And I hate it :( I am convinced if I could shed 30 pounds I would be golden but who knows.

    Yeah. Sorry this comment sucks! Just keep icing and rolling and compressing! That's all we can do!