My Tuesday run was a short 3 miles, with the middle mile at half marathon pace. When I got up and out during the 6 am hour it was already in the 70s and humid. It wasn't a fantastic feeling run at all... I felt like I was panting like a dog at times, but I accomplished my goal. At home I did my flexibility workout, which has really grown on me, especially the stretches involving the stability ball. I've always been a little wishy washy about using the ball for stretching, but I'm a believer now.
I wrote about my Wednesday recovery run in the previous post. It was hot and humid again, but I kept my head on straight to prevent getting into a negative headspace.
Thursday I ran 3 miles at a general aerobic pace. During this run, I started having nagging pains in my shin/calf. I couldn't tell if it was bone or muscle but it felt like my entire inner lower right leg was on fire. I got through the run but it wasn't great. I was terrified of being injured and frantically wrapped and iced the leg. I was thankful to have a rest day on Friday.
After analyzing up one side and down the other what the heck could be going on, I really felt like my shoes were the issue. For the past couple of runs I'd worn my Adrenalines with around 500 miles on them and my Nike Lunarglides with over 300 miles on them. I've been putting off getting new ones for who knows why and I believe that this little twinge was trying to tell me that the time is now. So, I went and picked up a couple pairs of new shoes.