Run, walk, hobble

With a change in season come a change in my approach to training.  The onset of shin splints has hampered my ability to keep moving, so I have made some changes to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I noticed that I experienced no problems doing my speedwork at the Hamilton Harriers.  Short spurts of running, followed by walking recovery didn’t trigger the shin splints. This made me think – could I apply this to my other run sessions, too?

So, I tried it and found that I can run pain free with regular walk breaks.  For the past fortnight, I have been doing this, and have been completing sessions of up to forty minutes.  I have been approaching each sessions the same way I would if I was running all the way.  Tuesday night is faster paced, Thursday night is a steady pace and Sunday is slow pace.

As well as keeping me moving and motivated, I have also noticed a couple of other benefits.  Firstly, I am moving faster during when running for the same amount of perceived effort.  Secondly, I am feeling a lot fresher after each session.  It is good to know I have had a good workout without being wiped out afterwards.  I am hoping this is a sign of my fitness increasing and will continue when I return to running without walk breaks.

I have also made changes to my gym sessions.  At the moment, I may not be able to consistently do two sessions a week.  Therefore, I am doing a full body workout at each session, and alternating between a dumbbell workout and a body weight workout.  This is keeping me on my toes in the gym, as I am doing some new or underused exercises, and am working to build up my weights and technique.

Moving forward, I am aiming to be able to run three miles pain free by the end of the year.  This is not far compared to my runs earlier in the year, but I am focussing on being consistent and healthy!  I have my eye on a few shorter races (i.e. 5km and 10km) for next year, but I won’t be entering them until I’m confident I will be fit enough to take part.

For the time being, I am enjoying being outdoors regularly and keeping my legs moving.  Fingers crossed for more improvements in the coming weeks!






5 Replies to “Run, walk, hobble”

  1. Such a great post about keeping up that motivation to keep going. Shin splints stink, I get them as well! Lately I have taken up hiking as my method of work out and it’s been tough but fun. Good luck on your journey I hope you reach your goal by the end of the year! Stay consistent and keep moving! 🙂

  2. Don’t be afraid to do a race. People of all fitness levels participate in 5K’s or 10K’s all of the time. There are many people who do a walk-run combo as you described above. If you want to race…DO IT!! You will love it.

    • Thanks, Aundrea! I’m so used to being able to run the whole distance, that it seems odd to have to slow down! Possible next race may be a free 5km in January.

  3. To quote you: ” I have also noticed a couple of other benefits. Firstly, I am moving faster during when running for the same amount of perceived effort. Secondly, I am feeling a lot fresher after each session”.

    Run/walk repetitions over varying distances are excellent preparation for track racing. Have you ever tried it? My best distance was the marathon, winning 7 from the 8 I ran, but such was the nature of my training I could win all distances from 100m to 10,000m on the track. If you haven’t tried it already I’d give it a go. You might surprise yourself. And it’s great fun!