I took last week off. I just lifted weights & did a lot of stretching.

Yesterday I started back & things went well. I just had the occasional ankle twinge.I iced when I got home, took my Advil & elevated my legs. Today I didn't have any pain, just twinges. Very, very minor ones.

I went back tonight. Can you guess what happened? I went 10 minutes and was done. I couldn't do it. I am so ticked. I know I'm just going to have to take it easy & let my shins rest & rebuild.

I'm just scared to death of losing my momentum. I've been doing so well. And now I'm going to have to figure out what to do. Even a brisk walk is slightly painful. Grrrr
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3 Responses Jan 22, 2008

I'm not very patient either, but my body forced me to take a long time to get back into running shape, and I'm still not quite where I want to be. I ran a few 5K's in 2007, which was a start.

Redholly -- If your shins are hurting, then your body might be telling you to slow down.<br />
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If it takes you 20 weeks to go from Couch to 5K, instead of 8 weeks, that's still much better than remaining on the couch. There is no real hurry.<br />
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I've found that when something starts to hurt, pulling back and easing up some gets things back to normal within a few days.

Are you taking walking breaks during your runs? I know some people think of them as wimpy, but I find a run/walk pattern helps a lot in terms of preventing over-fatigue.