It's true, I'm back to training for the Rock 'n Roll Series Chicago half-marathon. I wasn't sure if it was going to happen, as the lower leg pain just would not go away. Actually, it still hasn't, I'm just dealing with it better. Some things have happened to help: new attitude, new training plan, and new shoes.
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Rather than beat my head against the wall by running until the pain became unbearable, I've decided that I'm not worried about "racing" this event and have stopped worrying about anything besides finishing. I've done some 14+ mile hikes in the last few months, so I know I can cover the distance. Now, rather than trying to run the distance, I'm going all in on a walk-run strategy. It's been a couple of weeks and I've been able to cover greater distances at a faster overall pace and with less pain most days, Score.
The other shining light is the pair of The North Face Ultra Kilowatts I received as part of an enormous TNFLocals box I received to help with my training. I was really hesitant to run in them, as they are pretty minimalist, but after a day of wearing them as walking shoes, I could not believe how comfortable they were. I figured it was worth a shot and it's worked out great - they really allow me to get a good underbody foot strike going, are incredibly light, and just feel right. So happy I gave them the chance.
Only 3 weeks or so out from the Chicago race and now, instead of dreading it, I feel like it's going to be okay.
How's your training going?
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