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Marathon training: Week 5 – Shins hit the fan

All I can say about this week’s training is – WHATTHE?

We spent Monday to Friday at Centre Parcs, I didn’t do any running but instead a lot of walking, scooter pulling, 4-year old carrying (bad habit! both his and mine!), some sit ups and lots of underwater planking while the little one was swimming in the hot tub of the swimming complex.

Underwater planking, by the way, is a new exercise I’ve invented 🙂 – it’s when instead of sitting in the hot tub, you lean on your fingertips and lift up your legs. When the bubbles are on, you can even stretch the legs out and do scissoring (no one will see :), when the bubbles are off and people can see, just pretend you’re sitting i.e. sit elevated with only your fingers touching the seat.

But back to running now – I thought with 4 days off from running I’d be fast as lighting hitting the roads on Friday afternoon BUT my legs were heavy as lead and calves/shins so tight that it took them 9 km to stop hurting and as a result I ran my slowest 10km since 2010!

On Saturday I started my slow run really slowly and by 5km the legs had warmed up and I did a total of 29.47km in freezing wind and snow flurries. That evening I iced my calves and shins just in case, stretched for half and hour and Tweeted a lot about compression socks.

Cycling ain't so much fun when you're not moving

Cycling ain’t so much fun when you’re not moving

Today I wore my newly purchased calf guards all day, warmed up on the stationary bike for 10 min before my run but after 500m the shins were starting to feel painful and I didn’t want to strain them any further – I ran a short 3km loop home and then hopped on the bike for another 45 minutes.

Tonight I have stretched and fretted and stressed a little. Shin pain, my friends, is the worst! I have not had it since I first started running and it’s totally sucky to get it 5 weeks into marathon training. From what I’ve heard/read/googled though – it’s not uncommon as this stage of the training as the legs have had quite a pounding by now with all the long runs.

The plan for next week: Crossfit – yes, running on Wednesday and Thursday as usual – no, cycling instead, sports massage – ASAP.

Let’s see what happens. One thing for sure – I have learned the hard way now that I freaking need to stretch more in the evenings!

Just for the record’s sake, here’s the ‘training’ for this week:

  • Monday: Center Parcs
  • Tuesday: Center Parcs
  • Wednesday: Center Parcs
  • Thursday: Center Parcs
  • Friday: 10.68km at 5:53 min/km pace, 1:02:51 = 6.6 miles
  • Saturday: 29.47km at 6:01 pace, 2:57:15 = 18.3 miles
  • Sunday: 10 min / 5km on stationary bike + 3.08 km at 5:55 pace, 18:12 + 45 min / 20 km on the bike

Total running: 43.23 km / 26.8 miles

Let’s hope week 6 brings healing and week 7 proper running again!


P.S. If you have faith that I WILL run this marathon in April. sponsor me 🙂

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  • Reply
    Lesley Boniface (lilbeeloo67)
    February 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I like the side of underwater planking – I invented underwater knee lifts when I was on holiday a few years ago, it really makes your abs ache the next day 🙂

    • Reply
      March 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      A good ab workout AND it makes the time pass faster when you’re just sitting there watching your kid swim back and forth and back and forth and….

  • Reply
    Medal Slut
    February 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I agree – shin pain IS the worst, hands down! I managed it for my first marathon by doing a crap load of cross training and blind faith in my legs and their ability to run 26.2 miles on the day! I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    • Reply
      March 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Did your shins hurt on the day?

  • Reply
    February 25, 2013 at 12:58 am

    All that walking might have aggravated your shins. You use different muscles when walking and for some reason walking always ticks my shins off. Hopefully you start feeling better soon.

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