Running advice needed. First time with shin splints, first race coming up this weekend.
Pretty much as soon as I signed up for my first 5k (a Warrior Dash
) I caught a cold/flu and got busy with work/school. Prior to that, I'd been running 5k at a time a couple of times a week for a few weeks. I'd gotten there over ten weeks of Couch to 5k.
I started running again two weeks ago after about a four week break. I knew to start slow, but I don't think I started slowly enough. I'd been having trouble with shin splints every time I ran (not so much after though.) I Monday was my first 3 mile run since the break and was I absolutely fine! Today, I only made it about a mile in before the shins started in again.
The race is on Sunday, and I'm not really sure where to go from here. Monday's performance was so solid that I'm fairly certain I don't have any sort of fracture. While today wasn't terrible, it was bad enough to make me stop and ask this question.
My thought is to take a long (5 mile?) walk on Friday, and then take it easy on myself during the race on Sunday. I had really hoped to be in good form, but that's looking unlikely. Should I try to run a full distance on Friday? Should I just take it easy until Sunday? The thing is broken up by several obstacles, so should I see how I handle several half mile runs strung together?