Ah, shin splints. Something I suffer with all too often even with due care and attention. It pains me to say that this is the bane of my life. Also one of the reasons I have to stop running for weeks on end. At times there is little I can do, it seems that my body just doesn’t react well to high impact sports. I’ll keep running though. Slowly…
There is nothing worse then heading towards a new personal best, alone when that sharp, uncomfortable feeling appears in your legs. I’ll hobble home, take some painkillers, put my feet up and hope that it buggers off for the next day.I’ve also fallen off the wagon when it comes to running and have only been out a handful of times since we moved house. This really annoys me but let’s be honest, it’s nobodies fault but my own. I have however just set up a new 3 mile daily route on my Strava app to try out with the bigger dog to get me back on track.
So what exactly are shin splints? Well, it’s a term used to describe pain in the shins and in the leg below the knee. I tend to get it right at the front of my shins and it’s a sort of stabbing pain that increases when I continue to put stress on the area. This is why I find it helps to walk it out and try to keep active that way otherwise I’ll never get back out on the road again.
Rest usually eases the pain and helps your legs to heal. In some cases it can come back and sometimes shin splints also require further medical intervention. Luckily for me, mine never gets quite that bad. Apparently there are a few things that can make shin splints more likely, including things like the wrong kind of shoes, not running correctly, pushing your body too hard too soon and not resting enough in between training/exercise sessions.
I literally get shin splints whenever I run more then 5K, this is after stretching, preparation, making sure my shoes are correct. I think as much as I hate to admit, my legs just don’t like running, either that or I’m running all wrong? I don’t know. They say prevention is better then cure though don’t they? I’ve found a few ways that are suggested to help avoid the dreaded shin splints when you are heading out on a race, or just a general training session.
- Getting your trainers fitted at a professional running shop.
- Replacing old trainers.
- Build up your activity slowly.
- Try to mix it up and train on a soft and hard ground.
- Strengthening exercises.
I have yet to get to the point where I want to put my trust in someone else when choosing suitable shoes. I’m in the fortunate position where I often get sent running gear to try out and review so I’m never short of shoes, leggings or jackets etc, I do have a terrible habit of overdoing it when I go running, perhaps this is one of the reasons that I get sore legs? I do have a soft spot for trail running, see what I did there? It was my first 10K where I took on Delamere Forest, puddles, branches and knee deep mud (almost) so I have a habit of mixing it up on occasion.
I don’t think I’ve tried strengthening exercises yet. I will look into this further and try out a few before I write about them. I wouldn’t want to give people false information if it’s ineffective.
Do you suffer with shin splints? What do you recommend for healing them?
– Emma –
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