Jeff’s Post – A New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!  I officially just went through my longest non-blogging streak (going to fix that) and also my lowest mileage month in years (hope to fix that too).  A quick recap to get you up to speed.  In early December I finally went to the doctor to have my aching shin looked at.  I started with an x-ray and moved to an MRI and the results were actually better than I expected.  No stress fractures but a severe case of shin splints.  The doctor said she could refer me to an orthopedic or I could just take some time off and see how I feel.  I decided to take some time off – 13 days off to be exact.  Mentally, I needed to run and decided on day 14 to take a short run on the treadmill.  I was very pleased with how well I felt and added another run a few days later still feeling good.  As I type this I’m coming off a couple outside runs with Tamara and I may have pushed things a little too soon, my shin is killing me at the moment.  It is frustrating but I know that I need to find the right combination of rest and recovery and I plan on punishing my bike on the trainer and my new Landice Elliptimill to try to stay fit while limiting the pounding on my leg.2012-12-28_20-41-43_703  I’m also thrilled to have most of Tamara’s cookies out of the house so I can lose those few extra December pounds!

A quick recap of last year.  In 2012 I ran approximately 1890 miles (down about 350 miles from 2011).  This was part of a plan to reduce my mileage.  I PR’d in 3 distances (10k, 10 Mile and ½ Marathon).  I had hopes of breaking through in my marathon time but ended up running my 3rd straight 3:58.  I continue to learn valuable lessons in the marathon and improving in that distance continues to be a major focus for me.

Last year I went into a long list of goals for the year and I’m not doing that this year.  My #1 goal for 2013 stay healthy.  I also want to concentrate on improving my fitness.  I’m fit but I want to be beyond fit.  I will be cross training more and will have a renewed focus on my weight.  People tell me I look good at my current weight but I know that I run better about 15 pounds lighter.  I’m running my first spring marathon (Shramrock in VA Beach) in March.   That is all I’m worried about right now.  It will be a challenge to balance healing my shin and pushing my training but I’m up for the challenge and will be hoping for the best.

Happy New Year and Happy Running!

 

Comments

  1. I hope 2013 brings you great things! Let’s get together in March during Shamrock weekend.

    • Same to you David and Yes, would love to meet up with you during Shamrock. We will be ther a few days. I will be in touch – Jeff