Only a week to go

As I promised myself, this week has been the start of my taper toward next weekend's half marathon.

Unfortunately, I've picked up a slight injury - a shin splint on my left leg - probably from increasing my mileage too quickly after vacation. It was only slightly sore on Monday when I went to the gym, but after a 30 minute easy treadmill run, it got a bit worse, and on Tuesday it was noticeable all day. By Wednesday morning, it had eased, so not being a man to shirk his training, I went out for a 7 mile run that evening. It started off okay, but by about the fifth mile, my shin started to ache again, and it ached for the rest of the run home. Thus, I vowed to take it easy from then on so as not to aggravate it any more before the big event.

In that spirit, instead of going to the gym and doing treadmill work today, I went on the elliptical trainer at home for 45 minutes. It's been a while since I did this, but my fitness is noticeably improved since the last time, and the great thing is that it is so low stress that there was no ache from my shin at all!

I'm still planning to run 9/10 miles on Sunday morning, but will cut it short if my shin starts aching again. Then, it's a really easy week next week - easy paced 30-minute treadmill sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, followed by lots of pasta!

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