I took last week off because of shin problems. A beautiful long 10k knackered my right leg, but has left me with such lovely memories that I don't really care (not now things seem better anyway!). I ran carefully on Friday evening after an 8 day rest and as is always the case every little twinge and ache was registered and worried me. Afterwards I felt a bit sore, but probably no more than to be expected. I decided not to run at the weekend, but do my usual walks and not rest excessively. My leg held up on the 8.5 k walk round a local lake and slowly I began to believe that I was OK. Last night while falling asleep I planned this morning's run. I was actually excited when the alarm went off - isn't that a great feeling? When you really look forward to a run!
It was my fastest yet, although I ran out of puff at about 23 minutes and walked the last 7 minutes. That was fine though - it was an experiment to see if the pain came back when running faster. And it didn't. My shin felt a bit "raw" afterwards, as it had on Friday, but that might be imagination. I did all my usual walking around today with no adverse effects. So I think I'm back in the game. It's a very good feeling! Now what shall I do on Wednesday morning? Stamina? Or Stepping Stones? Or just a "normal" 5k?