So, what happened you wonder? To be frank... I do not know exactly, so I will start at the beginning.
Saturday started out wonderful. We had PERFECT temps here in MD and I was scheduled to run 19 miles. Last Saturday, I had run 18.5, so 19 did NOT seem hard. My plan was to run 19 and if I felt good, to add the extra mile.
All week long, I was getting kind of cocky... you know bragging that I had a 20 miler planned. I was excited to cross it off the list. Bob took me down to Haines Point where miles 11-15 would be run at my marathon. I ran 5.1 miles out around the tidal basin (on a concrete path) to the Capital, around the reflection pond and back around the tidal basin to Bob waiting to start out 14 miler. I ran pretty fast for a long run. I actually surprised Bob. I finished 5.1 miles in 46 minutes - way faster than it should have been.
When I met Bob we started to run and something was feeling funny on my left foot. As we passed a bathroom, I decided to stop, use the facilities and retie my shoe. It still wasn't right. I stopped again... and again... and then finally, I wasn't thrilled with the way it felt, but it was fine. We ran around Haines Point and chatted... everything was good. I felt great!
By mile 9.5, I stopped, retied my shoe, stretched a little and tried to pinpoint where the pain was coming from. Bob and I discussed it and it did not seem like shin splits. At mile 10, I decided to give in to the pain. And despite that being a short sentence. I did not give up easily. I walked a little and then tried running again... after 3 strides the sharp pain returned so much so that I would hobble. I did not have the pain while I was walking nor when I ran a little with my shoes off (strange, I know).
I kept walking and then trying to run. Bob was VERY patient with me. He wanted me to wait there while he got the car, but I wasn't ready to completely give up. We walked the mile back to the car and I felt defeated. I wasn't even tired... I was barely sweating (partly because it was so cool - perfect running weather).... I wanted to run 20 MILES and the pain in my leg was preventing me from doing it.
As we approached the car, I tried one more time to run. I made it ten strides and then the pain came back. I KNOW it was the right decision... but I have to figure out why. Is this shin splits? Did my fall on the treadmill do more damage than I thought?
I iced my shin while Bob drove the MCM course. I rested my leg the remainder of the day... and when we were walking to our friend's house in the neighborhood for dinner, I laced up my running shoes and the pain returned - WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?
So the questions are:
Do I have shin splits?
Do I need new shoes (my shoes and super feet only have 200 miles on them)?
Are the Brooks Adrenaline not right for my foot anymore (I have been wearing them for 6 years)?
Am I running too many miles? I am running Hal's Intermediate II plan, yet I haven't ever trained for a marathon before. Yes, I have smoked the miles up until this point... but maybe it is just too much.
I have decided to test my leg out tomorrow on the treadmill (thanks to Bob for that advice) and if it feels fine, then try to run slow around the hood. Also, I was scheduled for a 5-10-5-10-13 (1/2 marathon - Parks Half-Marathon race) this week, but under the guidance of my sister-in-law, Kirsten, I am going to run 5-5-5-5-1/2 marathon race.
Do you have any advice?