Monday, March 19, 2012

New Year's Running Goal 2012

This is going to be a short & sweet post basically asking for your advice. Super busy day and not a lot of time to blog.

As most of you know, I made a goal for myself as of this New Year (2012) to run 365 miles in 365 days, and I've been doing great, but with this shin splint, I am nervous. As I posted yesterday, my shin is so much better, but not the best yet.
I ran a few times last week, but during and especially after the run, my shin hurt pretty bad again. It's just an extremely uncomfortable pain to not be able to walk around without limping and I really want to prevent any complications from happening (without being a baby).

My question to all of you lovely bloggers is...
Should I count my elliptical miles towards my goal as well?

To this point, I have not been counting any miles walked or completed on the elliptical purely because this was a challenge to myself regarding running. I am just afraid I will get too far behind. I don't know, I just need your advice! What would you do? Tonight I did 3 hard miles on the elliptical. To this point, I never really thought I could get a decent cardio in on the elliptical, but MAN did I prove myself wrong tonight. I was literally dripping in sweat... and I rarely sweat! I had the intensity at 10.0 and increased it to 15.0 randomly for 2 minutes throughout my workout and finished up with 2 minutes on 20.0! It was crazy, but I loved it and it didn't hurt my shin!

Advice, anyone? :)


  1. why not keep track of your elliptical miles as well as your running? that way when your shin is 100% you still see that you have made tremendous progress towards your goal of determination at the gym.
    So, at the end of the year you will see 365+ in total running miles plus all the elliptical. talk about kicking your own butt!

  2. I think you should stick to your original goal of running all the miles. You are doing great and taking a couple weeks off running isn't going to set you back too far. Let your shin heal up and then get back to it! Make sure you are RICE-ing it for a quicker recovery!! I'm sure you've done your own research but here is some basic info on the problem.
    If you have any questions let me know- I've over-used my muscles often enough to feel your pain... literally!

  3. I would track them but separately I think. Your shin splints come even when running on the treadmill? That is one way I count myself lucky. I've never gotten them on the treadmill, just outside running. You can still make it to 365. You have plenty of time.

  4. I agree with Lynsey, you should track separately. We have an elliptical and the miles is says you are doing are not that accurate. Have you been fitted for running shoes? Sorry your shins are being a pain, hope they heal up soon!

  5. Oh I forgot to add I've heard of people using some type of compression sleeve on their legs to help with shin splints, maybe look in to that :)

  6. I am in total agreement with all the other comments made....track separately, rest and ice that shin, look into a compression sleeve and while you are waiting for the shin to be good to go for running literally kick your own butt on the elliptical!