So what have I been up to for the past couple months? Sadly I have not been running nearly as much as you might be led to think by my most recent training plan. The ankle soreness that was bothering me after my last 10k turned into a very angry posterior shin splint. That, combined with a very hot summer here in Ottawa, caused my training to take a beating. First my planned 15k (A Midsummer Night's Run) was off the list then my September half turned into a 10k.
I've spent the summer seeing my amazing chiropractor on a weekly basis, getting close and personal with my stick and foam roller, icing like crazy and learning about the wonders of KT Tape (omg amazing). I also took a Chi running course. Just when my shin was getting better my IT band got angry. Recently I've tried new shoes (definitely working wonders!) and acupuncture (love it too). I think I am finally on the road to complete recovery, and will try and post more about all the things I've tried.
I must admit that I am much more excited about the prospect of maybe killing a 10k instead of slogging through a half with little training. I've also learned that a fall half marathon is probably never going to be a good idea if we stay I. Southern Ontario. Training in this weather is just too darn crazy. I definitely liked running long in the winter more than the summer.
Recently I've also started doing yoga again, which has probably also helped with the healing process. I've got to do yoga in beautiful places:
|Like free yoga with Lululemon on Parliament Hill|
|And relatively cheap outdoor yoga with friends|
|It wasn't as ominous as it looks.|