It has officially been one week since my last run! I haven’t confirmed anything, but I may have a stress fracture or a stress reaction in my left shin. If I do, it can’t be terribly severe because I’m functioning day to day without much pain. But I stayed away from all cardio for the week to see how my leg was feeling, and give it some time to rest. I have decided to refrain from marathon training until I know I am ok, and until I confirm with a specialist. So if I can’t run, what do I do??
I mentioned in an earlier post that I downloaded the Nike Training Club app, a cross-training tool that syncs with We Run SF-the Nike Women’s Marathon Training app. I decided to give one of the longer workouts a try today (Beginner Hurricane) and it was a great 45 minute workout! It featured a combination of light cardio and strength training of all muscle groups-legs, arms and core. Best of all, I got to sweat for the first time in a week! I refrained from any higher-impact cardio, such as the 2 sessions of jumping rope, so as not to anger any bones or muscles. I made it through the 45 minutes without any irritation in my leg so that is a good sign.
And Nike rewarded me with smoothie recipes for completing the workout! 🙂 haha
These workouts won’t completely supplement the training I want and need, so I’ve decided to try out a gym. I toured a 24 Hour Fitness today and got a free 3 day trial pass. One of the reasons I’ve grown to love running so much is that it keeps me outdoors. So I haven’t had a gym membership in years. However, under the circumstances this is probably the smartest decision. There are 3 selling points to the location I will be attending: stationary bikes, yoga and a pool- great cross training for the injured runner. This week I will decided for sure if I want to take the plunge and sign up for an official membership!
Nothing quite clears the mind like a 12 mile run ( like I originally scheduled for today), but for now I’m going to make the best of the situation as I can. It’s time to explore new options, and maybe I will find some other loves to compliment my running when it’s finally time to begin again 🙂