This last week has been hard. I got done running Wednesday and my shins were on fire. “Oh great now I have shin splints. “- were my thoughts. How am I going run 13 5Ks with shin splints. That would be the worse thing a beginning runner could do is continue to run with shin splints. Plus every step hurt. Well, I stretched and stretch and read to determine how to alleviate this pain I had. Then I stretched some more. My run Friday was mediocre, I’m still averaging a 12:38 min. mile, but my shins started hurting again half way through the run. So, I slowed down to alleviate the pain. Once again after the run my shins were hurting. I stretched and drank electrolytes and stretched some more.
I was really discouraged this weekend. My legs hurt and I couldn’t see running anymore. They hurt walking stairs, getting off the couch, or getting out of the car. The pain at a few points was definitely not normal. No matter how many calf raises, or toe raises I did, my legs wouldn’t give me any relief.
Then on Sunday morning, I woke and my legs felt really good. No pain, a little sore but a good sore. I went to church to serve as leader for my church’s 5/6 grade service and one of the songs on our playlist really hit home and gave me a better outlook on completing this goal I started only a few weeks ago. I’ve heard it a hundred times but I never felt the words. If you get a chance, give it a listen Planetshakers ‘Nothing is Impossible’ One line in the song: “Through You all things are possible, strongholds are broken, It is You who gives me strength” was what I need to hear. I need to focus on the goal and rely on my faith to finish this strong.
See you on the road.