Training for the OC Half Marathon has officially begun.
T-minus two months!
Yikes. Time sure flies, huh?
We had some amazing weather this weekend, and I had planned to do my first long run for OC on Saturday, giving me nine-ish weeks to train. I’ve had some pain in my lower leg (muscle between my calf and shin, whatever that’s called), though, so last week was a whole lot of… well, not running. Turns out the running shoes I wore for the Surf City half and trained in for about eight weeks prior — my beloved Nike Structures — were actually sabotaging me. Not to be dramatic or anything. 😉
I have sworn by Nike for YEARS, but the latest iteration of their Structure shoe apparently offers more stability than in the past, which is more stability than my little feet actually need. Super.
See, last week I paid a visit to Road Runner, an awesome running store here in southern California, to complain about the leg pain I’d started having and look for some new shoes. Well, one unexpected gait/foot analysis by a fantastic salesman later, and I left the store with new running shoes (Asics G-2000!) and a heck of a lot more knowledge about my feet than I’d walked in with.
But the leg pain? Ugh. Still lingering, despite a severe lack of running on my part for the past couple of weeks.
I was feeling pretty discouraged on Saturday, but after a little pep talk and a good night’s rest, I felt more positive and less in pain… enough so that I decided to head to Mission Bay to try and do the prescribed long run on my training schedule — six miles.
I ended up cutting it short at five, but it was certainly better than nothing! And, thanks to my running partner, it was a pretty good clip. Well, slow for him, but great for me, considering my sporadic and sparse runs since Surf City a month ago.
Anyways, my leg actually felt alright when I set out, but it was definitely sore afterwards. Okay, fine… and during. Not terrible, but certainly not normal.
I’m typing this with my leg on top of an ice pack, sooooo guess we’ll cross our fingers, eh?
Time to get to work. Enjoy your Monday!
How was your weekend? Anyone else training for a spring/early summer race?