One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
This past Sunday I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon with my boyfriend (Bryce) and my mom. Big shout out to my dad who didn’t run but was also there for moral support!
I have been stressing about this race for weeks and am so relieved it’s over. We’re seriously talking stress to the point of having race nightmares and waking up drenched in sweat status.
All this stress is over the fact that my shin splints have been so bad lately. It’s so frustrating to put your heart and soul into training then have it completely thrown off by an injury.
I’ve been a lot of research on how to heal shin splints quickly and on shoes that offer enough cushion to not further aggravate the injury. Out of total desperation I bought myself a pair of Hoka Infinite shoes, ran in them once and crossed my fingers that my legs would be fine in them for the race. Hoka shoes are known to be some of the best for people with running injuries so I figured I had nothing to lose.
On that note…
DO NOT. I repeat, DO NOT ever do what I did and buy a new pair of running shoes a couple days before a race (more on that later).
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