Friday, April 3, 2009

D'oh!

Today I headed out for my last 18 miler.  Next week I'm attempting 20 miles and then I'll start tapering down.  I tried to keep my pace slow and took walk breaks every 2 miles when I ate a blok.  It wasn't easy, but I felt better than I did during my last 18 miler two weeks ago.  I felt like I could have kept going a couple more miles at the end, too.

I took the last two days off from running and Mr. Right Shin Splint settled down a bit.  I had some pain while running Monday and Tuesday but today I didn't feel it at all during the run.  As I mentioned before, I decided to get a bucket to do lower leg ice baths.  There's no way I'll ever have the discipline to do sit-in-the-tub ice baths regularly.

The other day I went to Home Depot and picked up one of these puppies for $3.01 after tax:
It's fairly obvious his name is Homer.

Homer and I are going to become good buddies.  He is going to kick Mr. Right Shin Splint's buttocks.  I've been putting ice packs on the right shin for years, but it's time to get a little more aggressive.  So after my run today I did my first ice bath with Homer.

I realized once I had fully dunked both legs that I didn't have my camera handy to document the event.  So Aron graciously agreed to let me post a picture of her and Homer's cousin.

Basically this is what I looked like except I was sitting on the toilet & was watching "Running The Sahara" on my ipod (and checking every 30 seconds whether 10 minutes had passed already!).

I just noticed Homer doesn't have any reviews on the Home Depot website!  Tsk!  I should add one:  "Great for plunging my legs into after a long run."  Ha!

11 comments:

Mica said...

Nice! I want to join the orange bucket club too! All the cool people are doing it. :)

aron said...

YAY i hope it works well for you!!! my shins love it :)

great job on your 18!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Marketing should get a hold of this, there is such a vast array of uses for simple objects. On my Q-Tips box it suggests that I ought to use them for house cleaning, who came up with that?, I want to know. Happy running and nose bumps to Mario.

bunnygirl said...

I just sit on the floor and pack my legs all around with bags of frozen vegetables. The shower, stretch, and some self-massage with either a Nemidon gel or something containing menthol. The ice water immersion thing makes my feet hurt!

Cadbury says hi to Mario. *bink*

Rabbits' Guy said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

Marci said...

I need to get me an ice bucket!! Good job on your training, and wow you are tapering already. I think you are running Big Sur, right?

ShirleyPerly said...

Ha, I looked at the photo first before reading this post and thought, man, she looks just like Aron!!

Good to hear you're staying on top of this shin thing. Yay for the 18-miler!

Marathon Maritza said...

Hahaha you totally should post that on the Home Depot website!

I will be curious to hear what you think of this and how you use it. Will you use it mid-week or just after long runs? I usually ice bath every Sat. after my longs runs, but am wondering if I should be bucket-ing during my mid-length runs in the week. I ice pack, but it seems to sometimes not be enough.

Let us know your thoughts! Sending you good thoughts for happy shins!

Fez and the Gang said...

Well it does say that Homer is "All Purpose!" Bet they couldn't have guessed that one!

audgepodge said...

Great job getting all your super long runs in! And yeah, the ice baths are tough... I do it in the bay during the Nike runs since it's right there but it's really hard for me to sit in a tub for that long.

Alisa said...

Way to go on the long run! Homer...I love it. I think I need Homer's third cousin twice removed (i.e. Mr. Biggy Homer).

Excited to read about your 20! Totally wish I was closer so we could do long runs together.