Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Two A Days?!? Am I Obsessed?

Here's the deal. In talking to my "running guru" (don't get a big head AD) it was suggested that I do some cross training to help ease the soreness I'm experiencing. My wife was heading to the gym, so I figured what better time than now. I wound up doing about 45 minutes on the bike at the gym and I am actually writing this post as I do a cool down walk on the treadmill (thank you beautiful I Phone. )

The plan over the next few days is to lay off the running and substitute with the bike. Hopefully, this will work. It is going to be very difficult for me to resist running as I have no problem fighting through the aches mentally.


  1. OFGR,

    Cross-training is a good thing, and can help keep you conditioned when you need to take a few days' rest from running. I know how you feel --- I hate to miss a run, for whatever reason. But if you're sore, and that soreness isn't going away, you do want to take a day or two off from the running. If your shins are still a problem, try these two exercises: first, heel walks. Walk on your heels, slowly, for about 50 yards. Do this twice a day. Secondly, get a set of hand weights (or something comparable to them), sit down and set them on top of your feet. Gently lift your toes up off the floor with the weights still resting on your feet. Try to work up to getting three sets of 20 reps in every day. This exercise builds up the muscle in front of your shins, and helps prevent shin splints from reoccurring. I once had shin splints so bad that they became stress fractures --- and believe me, you don't want that! Hope this helps. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the advice. I will try these. It's killing me not to run, since I have such a great drive for it right now.