I got home from work late tonight and decided to hit the treadmill instead of running alone in the dark where I tend to assume scary monsters and serial killers are hiding behind every tree.
Also, just a couple months ago the paper said some dude approached two young female runners with a gun just one city over from me …. both of the women luckily escaped but that story has been hanging in my mind. I live in a really good neighborhood but you just never know!
Anyway, the treadmill stinks, we all know that, and one mile in I was like UGH I can’t possibly go on!! So dramatic I know, but that’s definitely what I was thinking. Then this girl came in and got on the treadmill next to me. I think she must be doing the Couch to 5K program or something similar because she was doing short run/walk intervals. Seeing her push through those short run/walk intervals reminded me of this time last year when I was doing Couch to 5K.
Watching her gave me the strength I needed to kick up the pace and put out another two strong miles for a total of three for the day. At the end I let out a little WHOOO which I think may have scared her even though it was meant as an expression of happiness on my part + encouragement for her 🙂 Oh well, it’s okay if people think I’m weird because I probably am!
I felt like I finished the three miles strong though my shins are feeling a little bit sore. I’m not sure if that’s because of the treadmill or because I’ve been pushing the pace pretty hard lately or ???
Anyway, I emailed my run coach when I got home asking for advice and she just replied saying I should take a rest day tomorrow and do some swimming instead of running. That sounds like a plan to me — though I really need to go on my lunch break and get a good sports bathing suit so I can avoid flashing everyone at the pool when I’m doing laps!
Do you ever get sore shins? Do you use compression sleeves? If so, which brand do you recommend?