By Louise ... It’s less than a week to my second challenge and I am now training full time. Day one of being a full time athlete looked something like this !!!
Clearly this career change has its limitations.
I have managed to sustain an injury called “Shin splints” referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, an achy pain that results when small tears occur in the muscles around your tibia (shin bone). This makes up about 15 percent of running injuries. Basically it hurts – a lot!!!
Rest, ice, and ibuprofen are easing the pain and taping the shin is helping relieve pain and hopefully speed healing.
I have no real idea how I sustained this injury as having had a calf problem before I was cautious with building mileage too quickly. My running gait is not brilliant and my right knee has a tendency to roll in so this is the likely cause.
In order to strengthen, I have gone back to circuits and having returned 2 weeks ago having not been for 5 months I knew about it. The following day I was bearing a striking resembling to the Tin Man!!!
I am currently sat here with an ice pack on my leg so fingers crossed all will be fine for Friday when I undertake the second challenge of my five; the Dubai Marathon 10KM race. I have run this a few times and its very well supported. There have been some big names on the running scene over the last few years including Haile Gebrselassie, Desisa Benti, Lelisa and Tsegaye Beyene, Tirfi to name but a few.
I feel pretty honored to even be on the same running course as these big names. This is one of the great things about running anyone from those walking a 3KM to support a cause to those running a marathon for a medal, running really is for anyone and everyone and the Dubai Marathon really encompasses this ideology.
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