Despite my best efforts, and despite trying to avoid the inevitable, the inescapable has happened.
I have turned 32.
But in spite of this truly horrific occurrence I am feeling mostly positive.
I say mostly because although my training has been going better than expected (Especially in the run department), my shin splints are back with a vengeance.
And I know why.
I have been so sensible, making sure I stretch correctly before every run, making sure I pace myself and don’t push myself to far to fast.
That is, until my birthday.
Knowing that I would be celebrating with the family that evening (cake, wine and takeaway, oh how I have missed you), thus having no time to train, I decided to have a lunchtime workout.
This left me with a 35 minute window so I decided that I should do as much as I could in that time.
So with minimal warm-up and stretching I set the treadmill so I’d cover 7km in 30mins with a 2% incline.
And within minutes I was in pain. I knew I should stop but I wanted to cover my daily distance so I kept on.
I managed about 6.5km in the end, and was it worth it.
My shins stopped hurting after about 9 minutes so I just kept on.
That is, they stopped hurting until after I had finished my run.
And then they let me know in no uncertain terms what a wally I had just been.
And not just my left shin, they are both painful me know in equal measure.
I now feel I have set myself back a bit due to my own stupidity.
Strangely, this setback may work to my benefit in the long run.
Right from the start I have carefully set my goals and targets, and taken note of what I was capable of and what I should be aiming for week on week (working to the 10% increase rule).
And the one time I went against my careful planning it has ended in the full return of an avoidable problem.
From now on I will be sticking to my plan.
It’s a shame as I was really starting to love the running part of my training, but I guess I’ll just have to focus on my swimming (read: thrashing wildly and ineffectively whilst in water) and my cycling for a few days.
Now, it’s off to bed for me. I have my first outdoor swim tomorrow.