(No) Shin Pain, a 20 miler, and the Heat of Hilton Head

 

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That time I decided to run a 20 miler in the late morning of a Hilton Head summer, finishing the last five miles with a stroller… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŒžA lot can happen in 20 miles! I found a dirt trail and went off road for a bit๐Ÿž๏ธ, got back on the road and got lost๐Ÿค”, ran out of water and had to ask a nice construction worker for a refill๐Ÿ’ง, met up with my husband and picked up a sleeping beauty to finish out the run๐Ÿ‘ถ. Thank you @thrunningwife and @katyhaytay for the pep talk last night! ๐Ÿ˜˜ #longrundone #motherrunner #strollermiles #strollerrunning #thuleurbanglide #motherrunner #marathontraining #womensrunningcommunity #womenrunning #hshive #honeystinger #radrabbit #runinrabbit

I often have more to say on instagram than I think anyone will want to read while scrolling, so I thought I’d try adding to the blog to see how it goes.

We are in Hilton Head for the rest of the week, and I’m so happy to be on vacation with my family! My shins started giving me concerning pain about a week ago, so I’ve been incorporating more cross training on the bike and on the stair climber to help the inflammation. My doctor suggested that I decrease volume by 50% and roll my calves like crazy. My PT agreed, and said that tight calves are the cause to my pain. So I cross trained for several days to give my leg a better shot at running over this vacation. I’ll be back on the bike when I get home.

I’m currently training for the San Francisco Marathon, but my training has been a bit curtailed by this injury.ย  My traininig plan for the last year has been low volume, high intensity, with a ton of strength work. Given how my shins feel, I plan to go back to a more volume based training style and stop beating my body up so much. I haven’t just gone out for a normal run in so long, and this is a welcome change!

To boost my confidence, I decided to run a 20 miler today while we were in Hilton Head. Most marathon training plans contain several 20 mile runs, but my plan did/does not.ย  It’s been a while since I headed out for a long run! Today I ran the first ~15ish miles solo, and then I met up with my husband and took the stroller for the final 5 miles. Whew! The stroller is pretty easy to push on mile 1, but by 15, I was struggling.ย  Overall, it was a hot, thirsty, great run with no shin pain.ย  I found a dirt path at mile 4 and enjoyed an easier terrain for my legs. Then I got a little lost and had to ask a construction worker for more water before gps-ing my way back to our condo.

One thing that I added to make this more than just a plain ol’ long run were strides every two miles. I only did 20 seconds of strides, and I kept the frequency lower because I want to protect my shins. Here’s a really helpful article about strides.ย  I plan to decrease the number of intervals that I run in training and increase the strides that I add. We’ll see how it goes!

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If you’ve been following me over the last couple of days, you know that I have had shin pain that’s scared me onto the bike for cross training and changed the way that I’m approaching my upcoming marathon. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ One thing that’s been extremely helpful for me to know myself better as a runner and determine if the shin pain is related to my gait is the @milestone_pod. ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿค”It tells a fun little story and makes me a better runner. ๐Ÿ™Œ I didn’t have any shin pain on my run today, thankfully! I still have one little spot that’s tender to the touch, so I’m not out of the woods yet. ๐Ÿ˜Š #gobeyondpace #milestonepod #motherrunner #strollerrunning #thuleurbanglide #womensrunningcommunity #womenrunning #marathontraining #hiltonheadisland #runyourworld #sauconyzealot

I love using the Milestone Pod to track my metrics.

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Hope you are having a good week! I keep forgetting that it’s not the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you like to run on vacation or take a break on vacation?

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