Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All at once....

Why does everything hit at once so I have a hard time sorting out what is what? For the last couple of days i've been off food, not in a major way, but enough to make me wonder if I was coming down with something. Of course it's also SO hot here right now that that alone can put you off your food (the wind is GONE, my apartment sighs when I open the door and lets out a puff of hot air, even at night!).

Yesterday I ran in my new shoes to start to break them in. 4 miles. 4 very pathetic miles, by mile 2 I was pretty much walking and my shins and hip were so so sore. My shins have been playing up a little, and i've been wearing a compression sock that has really helped. Determined by my last pair of shoes start, I wore them again today (after wearing comfy birkenstocks all day at work) for an intended 8 mile easy pace run. I didn't even get to mile one and my shins were so painful. What is worse is my knees hurt - for literally the first time since starting running - my biggest fear. So I limped around and went back - 2 miles instead of 8.Stretched then piled on the ice for half an hour.

I then started to get chills, so jumped in the shower. Started shivering like mad in the shower, turned up the heat and that helped. Got out, started shivering, so piled on socks, trousers and a sweater. I'm now still shivering, having eaten two mouthfuls of tuna pasta (my favorite) and have a temp of 101.5F. Ish. Feeling very sluggish.

There are definitely colds going around, so that could well explain it, I haven't had a cold in so long, i'm probably due. What I don't know though is how much that might have affected my run - are my body aches more cold than bad shoes? I came back from that "walk" and swore I couldn't even put them on my feet again they are so painful - and yet comfy to walk around in (though maybe I should do a long walk in them).

So now i'm wondering if I made a really bad shoe choice. If i wasted my money, and whether I can just load up my old shoes with gel insoles and hope they last the marathon without sore feet (like I had after my 16 miles on the weekend). Anyone ever bought bad shoes before? Maybe they'll "break in".....should I give them the chance and risk putting myself out for another week with sore shins? Am I sounding like a broken record yet.....

.........so I'm regretting the splurge on what I thought would be shoes that would HELP me with my shin splints.........going to bed to watch MI5, have the fan on full on me (maybe even....gasp....start the air conditioner) and try and sleep off the chills.....

4 comments:

nicola@which name? said...

ug indeed. i hope you feel better. don't worry about the shoes until you feel better.

DDd said...

I love how you are FAR more concerned with the shoes than being sick with a 101.5 fever with flu season in full swing. Typical female. he hee. When do teach again? We're not allowed near a classroom at American U if we have flu symptoms. I hope you feel better soon - overall sickness and feet/shins/knees.

Cherry B said...

I'd give 'em a little longer, walk around in 'em to break 'em in maybe. How did you work into your last pair? Hope your fever and funk go away soon-- yick!

RGW said...

Ah, flu will go away, my shoes I might be stuck with and am supposed to be running a marathon in! Feeling much better this evening, a day of home time, writing lectures and chocolate chip ice-cream seem to work. I start teaching on weds, they haven't banned us from the classrooms, but recommend not coming in - we've had several H1N1 and regular flu outbreaks already!