I've been taking it easy this week so I could (hopefully) let the shin splints heal. Last night I ran 4 miles and it felt pretty good and I think I'll be ready to complete all of next week's runs as scheduled. But I got to thinking. My shin splints were most likely the cause of doing too much, too soon. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be doing Hal Higdon's advanced training schedule. I think I could do it, but would risk the chance of more injuries. And since I've been like a magnet for injuries lately, I'm thinking I shouldn't encourage them. Soooo....I think I've decided to drop it down to the intermediate level, which means one cross training day in place of a running day and no hills or speed work. I like the day of cross training, especially since I got a bike last weekend, but omitting the hills and speed days take out some of the fun and variety of training. I guess I can always do one when I feel like it, though, right?
For the weekend, I've got an 8 miler and a 5 miler planned. Hopefully, my new Mizuno's will be on my doorstep when I get home!! They've been on back order for the past 2 weeks:(