Sunday , I completed my first ten mile run . I was, and still am, thrilled . My Half Marathon is March 20th, and that made me feel like I was ahead of schedule, and that I could focus on getting faster and more efficient . That may still be true, but there's something I didn't consider . Pain . Not that pain is something new, I've had some pain for as long as I've been running ( which isn't long ) . For the past few months some pains have gotten better, and some worse . My knees and lower back feel much better . On the other hand, I now have a nagging pain in my right big toe joint, and another in my left shin area . By the end of ten miles those nagging pains were hard to ignore . I've taken the last two days off from training . I've been doing ice and heat, and I believe I'll be as right as rain by tomorrow . Now for the question ( I know , it's about time ) . If I'm going to do a long run every week, should I plan on resting the legs for two days after ? Will the long runs cause less pain as my body gets used to them ? Any thoughts ?
Thanks , Marc
The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08
The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57
The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09
The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13
The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48
The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27
The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23
The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56
I had that pain in my toe before - I blamed Acid and the gout (spelling?) - who knows - it went away.
On to your question - on your long runs - make sure to jsut ratchet back your speed and run at a comfortable pace... it should lower the pain as during a race you were prob going all out. I like to do a small recovery Jog after my long runs - not far - and pretty slow.. but hey what do I know I only play a runner on TV..
But that is my thoughts - jsut run at a comfortable pace...
"Run because you like it.. or because a big dog is chasing you"
2nd full year of Running. I have successfuly finished 6 5K's and 2 10K's in my first year.
PR:5K 27:20 10K 56:04
2011 Events - 1 want to do at least 10
2/5/2011 - Tackle the Tower - 40 Floor Stair run in Cleveland - 7:13
The shin pain might be from favoring the right foot, or you might be pushing a little harder than you're ready for. It can be tough to know when you're going too hard. Check your form, treat your pains, and maybe back off a little on your pace to see if that helps.