Rest...key ingredient during training

I'm no doctor, but a week ago, I starting having a lot of pain in the lower front of my left leg. I diagnosed my problem as Shin Splints. As the desciption of this problem explains, it is normally found in inexperianced runners who overtrain, or in my case I've ramped up my training way too quickly over the past month (I also am probably considered inexperianced).

So, I forced myself over this past week to take it easy. After my track workout last Tuesday, I rested until Saturday, when I ran 10 miles (although this wasn't easy when I awoke to a cool 60 while traveling to So Cal). And again didn't lace up the shoes until this morning's (Tues) track workout. All pain in my left leg is gone! This morning was a tough workout doing 7 800s in 3:44. With the 78 heat at 5:15am, it made for a hot workout and my shin splints have somewhat been replaced by a tight right calf muscle. It's always something.

In preparing for the Dallas White Rock Marathon this Dec. 11th, my buddies and I are up to doing a 16 mile run this Saturday and a 18 next Saturday. That mixed in with 3 other workouts averaging 8 miles each will start to pile up the miles to close to 40 each week.

So much for that rest.

btw, for those that are thinking about training using the Yasso method, I highly recommend it. Today, my buddy and I are starting to see the results of it. Although we are quite drained by the end, running at pace isn't as nearly as difficult as it was 4 weeks ago.
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