Running is great, in fact, once you catch the running bug, you’ll probably want to run all the time. This is perhaps conflicting to popular belief, but I think runners can vouch for me when I say it’s almost like an addiction. This makes it all the harder when you suddenly hit barriers that prevent you from doing the thing you love (especially when it could have been prevented). Now that might have been a bit dramatic, but these past few weeks I’ve been plagued with a few niggles which have made the start of the marathon season slightly more difficult than I anticipated. It started at the beginning of December after a very cold and hilly interval session, I began to feel a slight pain in the top of my foot. At first, I assumed that it was just my laces that had been tied too tight and it would probably subside. However, as you might have guessed, it didn’t … in fact it just seemed to get worse and any pressure that I put on that foot became rather painful. I had what is known as extensor tendonitis, which basically just means that the tendon in my foot had become inflamed. This was obviously rather inconvenient, how am I meant to get better at running if I can’t run? If you’re reading this and you’re a runner or do any type of sport you can probably relate to how annoying minor Injuries like this can be, especially since the only cure is *sigh* rest, which I must admit I ‘m not great at.
Luckily for me, I complied with my subscribed rest period, cross-training in the meantime and my foot seemed to heal! Yay, happy days, I was back in the game ready and laced up. But no, about 2 weeks later I instead started to feel pain elsewhere, the shin to be specific. A dull ache turned into more of a sharp pain and I again felt like I had hit another brick wall in my training plan.
I know I said in my last post that I wasn’t really doing new year’s resolutions, but I’ve decided that this definitely needs to become a main priority. I’m no stranger to stretching, having been a gymnast for around 9 years and then going on to do competitive cheerleading at university, it used to take up a lot of my time. However, after stopping these sports stretching suddenly didn’t seem that important, runners don’t really need to do the splits do, they? Although I no longer require the crazy flexibility that I used to, I have come to
Now on a more positive
Happy weekend everyone!