Over the last couple of years I have had my fair few aches and pains but never a couple of days before a race so this is a new experience for me.
When I first started running a couple of years ago I experienced a lot pain in my shins and no matter what I did I couldn’t get rid of the pain. After a couple of months of dealing with the pain in my shins I went to go and see a doctor about it. I got referred to an orthopedic doctor he said that I had plantar fasciitis this is when your foot moves side to side causing added strain on the ligaments in your shins and feet. When I found this out it was very reassuring because I was certain it was shin splints and I was worried it would be very difficult for me to recover from. I was given orthopedic insoles that I have to wear in all of my shoes, they are hard plastic and took some getting use to but since having them in I haven’t experienced any shin or foot pain since.
This is the first injury I have had in a while and with me having a race on Sunday and half way through training for my first ever half marathon this couldn’t have come at a worse time. I was running on one of my normal routes but as I went round the corner my ankle just gave way and twisted nearly making me fall over.
With this being injury happening so close to a race it has hit me rather hard and it can be difficult to stay positive so if I am able to run Sunday I will be very happy to finish I won’t be bothered about the time at all. Its horrible because the weather is so nice outside and all I want to do is go out for a run but I know all I will do is make the injury worse. But I am also embracing it slightly as this is a good opportunity for me to do some reading and race research so its not all doom and gloom.
Hopefully next week I can get back on track with my training plan and smash my goals but for now I’m justing going to rest up and hope for the best.
Hope you found this fairly interesting Ben