Long story short: my shin splints have flared up again. After a pushing my pace on a 5k Tuesday evening, I woke up Wednesday to very sore and tight legs, and have not run since. Part of me feels extremely guilty about this. I am, after all, supposed to be in the midst of training for a marathon that looms ever closer. But at the same time, I'm trying to listen to my body and take it easy so I can actually get to that marathon in one piece. I did manage to get a workout in last night in the form of swimming, but I wish it could have been a run.
So how did I deal with all these mixed emotions? Went shopping, of course! It's no secret that running clothes can be pricey, so I tend to buy cheaper no-name stuff from Target or the like. It gets the job done and doesn't cost an arm an a leg, but it definitely lacks a little in the quality department. So considering that I just got paid and was emotionally a bit down in the dumps about my running, I went to my local running store and bought myself a fabulous pair of Nike shorts and Asics capris! Despite a significant dent in my bank account, I left the store feeling quite happy. I've recently started wearing shorts more when I run, so I wanted to get a really nice, comfortable, and flattering pair in a fun color. Most of the time, however, I wear capris, so it was totally worth the splurge on this amazingly soft and comfortable pair which I'm planning on sporting this weekend : )