So I decided to take a picture for all of you experts out there. Your thoughts, advice, and warm wishes have meant the world to me.
I prayed. I rested yesterday. I iced it. I took an Aleve. I rest it more and prayed a lot more. Today, I was not going to run in the o'dark since hubby was home due to it being Labor Day and all. So at 7am, I decided to lace up and test my leg. I even wore my red Marine Corps Marathon 2010 In Training shirt to give me a little mojo.
I began cautious. Not too fast, and guess what... it STILL HURT. Now it wasn't as bad as yesterday. I was going to go around the block but by the 3rd house, I decided not to push it. I wanted to run. I wanted the pain to be gone. I prayed for all of this.
I walked home a little defeated. I iced it while reading my class assignment. I took another Aleve. Around noon, my leg looked like this:
Now the bruise is from the treadmill fall... but what is all of that red puffiness? (Click image to view bigger) Is that just a shin splint?
I guess I need more rest. And I WILL take more rest. Honestly, I have enough mileage that if I rested all week, I could still do the 1/2 on Sunday. I might just call and get and appointment with my Sports Doc tomorrow.... but hopefully, I wake up and the pain is gone. And the strange thing is that it does NOT hurt if I run barefoot (I know all of you barefoot runners out there will confirm this... but I am not ready to go there... especially not at my first marathon).
I have plenty of time to figure this out before my marathon on October 31st.... and perhaps it is the over training that is the cause of it. I have "experts" looking over my plan... and I hope their changes hold the answers.