I'm working on building my base again. After consulting my dad (a professional triathlete and tri-coach) and my neighbor (a sports chiropractor) I understand that while the pain I'm feeling while running is nothing to be alarmed about and normal for having taken 6 weeks off, it doesn't mean I need to run in pain.
After taking 6 weeks off, I just went straight into it (sorta) and starting running 3 miles, 4 days a week and was in agony. I described it as: my shins feeling like they were being crushed by a sledge hammer. More than likely it's because the muscles in my lower legs were just not used to running that many miles and were letting me know they were pissed that I was running so much.
So...with that said, I'm going to take each run one step at a time until I can run 3-4 miles comfortably. It's a little frustrating, but I have over 5 months before Chicago and I enjoy running more when I'm not in so much pain.
I'm also going to start incorporating regular strength and core training into my workouts. I know, I know...that's TERRIBLE! I've been running since October 2008 and I've never incorporated regular cross training into my training except for when I was boxing. One reason I'm going to do this is because I need to: strength and core training helps with speed and stamina. Another reason I'm going to do this: is because I want very toned arms in my wedding dress!
To help keep my on track, I'm going to try to start posting my work outs for the day on my side bar! Look for the "Work It Girl!" section of the side bar!
PS - thanks for encouragement on my last post. It really does help! :)