On Sunday 7th October I was delighted to do a half marathon distance (not an event, just me toddling round on my own) in 2:04 mins...after that I kept running my usual days for a couple of weeks but a right shin problem that had made itself felt in the days after that 13.1 miler wasn't healing and was slowing me down.
I hobbled on for a couple of weeks, even getting a PB 5K on the 24th October! However after a nine miler on the 29th when it hurt for the first four miles, then finally eased off when I'd warmed up, I did a bit of reading around what I thought was a pulled shin muscle only to find out I probably had shin splints and should be giving myself a minimum of two weeks off!!
This co-incided with half term hols so I decided to stick to cross training for two weeks, which consisted of two long swim sessions; then back at work; two gym sessions and finally back out on the road yesterday - quite worried that I I might have lost some fitness. I needn't have worried too much though!!! connect.garmin.com/activity...
I have blogged this before and I will say it again...don't dare let an injury be an excuse to flump back down on the couch, no matter how far into the programme you are! Just find something else that you can do to maintain the cardio and get on with that instead!