Saucony Ride 5 for ‘My Right Shin’!!!
Seriously,what is going on with the Shin from Hell?
Let’s recap. Thursday…pain. Not insignificant amounts. So I drop out of the Lake Chabot Half as the wise thing to do.
NOT so wise is to aim to run 11 miles instead, but that’s what I tried on Saturday morning. Instead of a trail half-marathon, I chose paved paths around my town, where I could change direction and hobble home at any point if the need arose.
It didn’t arise. To be fair, the first mile or two were a little uncomfortable. I wore my new Saucony Rides with the (expensive) insoles they sold me as well. It actually seemed to make my IT band ache, but not my shin. Very little shin pain. And by mile three, I was feeling fine. By mile five, deep in thought about something, I realised I was running normally. So I kept going and ran my 11 miles on a glorious, sunny California morning. 11 miles in 1.42 at a 9.18 pace. How did that happen, eh? The only niggle was slightly numb forefeet,I’m not sure the Glides have enough cushioning for long runs. But they did a cracking job on my shin, so I’m happy!
Dropping out of Lake Chabot was without doubt the wisest decision and I don’t regret it but I was a little grumpy inside when the start time came. But also, a massive thank you to the sweet people at Inside Trail who kindly allowed me to put a proportion of my fee towards another race once I’m healed.
My 11 miles put me in a VERY good mood and the rest of the weekend was a corker actually!
And it finished off with the Oscars. One of the best things about living in America is being able to watch them live – in the UK, you just get to look at the photos the next day. I loved every minute of the ridiculousness!