Wednesday, January 20, 2010


the main reason I skipped training for a race in the fall last year (at least, this is what I tell myself) is because of my shin injury. I wanted to give it a chance to heal. I thought that, plus changing my form, would be enough to maybe keep the problem at bay and I wouldn't have to deal with the issue anymore.

Ah, the joys of delusion, wishful thinking and denial.

anyway, during my threshold intervals yesterday, the damn thing started up again. So I did what I normally did- stopped, massaged it, and cursed whatever came to mind- my genetics, chance, god(s), and the asphalt upon which I was running.

None of which did much good. I Finished the interval a bit slower than goal, spent the rest interval thinking calming and restful thoughts and sending RELAX DAMMIT! commands towards my Tibialis Anterior (the muscle herniating and causing the pain) and went through the next three intervals just fine.

maybe it could be a mind over matter thing.

or it could just be I'm wallowing in denial again. I'll let you know when I find out.

1 comment:

Sun Runner said...

"RELAX DAMMIT!" commands are calm and restful thoughts? ;)

Regarding mind over matter, during the first mile of NYC when my old friend my hamstring started tightening and twinging like it was about to spring loose again, I just said very fiercely in my head, "NOT TODAY BITCH!" and that was the end of that.

So there may be some truth to it after all.