Monday, January 19, 2009

Stupid Shin splints

I get wicked shin splints any time I try to run. I always have. A
couple of years ago I found the cure for it- sitting in the sauna for
10-15 minutes after my workout. I don't know why it works, but it
does. Which means only ever running on the treadmill at the gym.

The other night I stupidly went running with my coworkers after work.
We did a mile and a half before I called it quits-in pain, both my
legs and my lungs (my lungs have never recovered from what I had last
Christmas.)

I rested a few days, drew the alphabet with my toes continually, iced
my shins til the were frozen solid every 3 hours.

Then went walking at echo park lake and killed my legs. I've been in
excruciating pain ever since.

So, more rest. More ice. More drawing the alphabet. I'm going to go
buy new shoes because I was reading online that certain shoes can
help. I had my uncle recommend a shoe store with knowledgable staff.

And then back to doing what I know doesn't hurt. The treadmill and
sauna, so I never have to deal with this again.

1 comment:

Diane said...

To help build up those muscles/stretch them... before and after a run, you should step onto the edge of a curb. With your heels over the edge, dip down and then left up so you are on your tip toes. Do it slowly, focus on using those muscles, etc. 30 seconds of this exercise or so should do it. It also helps the shin splints heal. I used to get them a lot when I played soccer, so I feel your pain. Good Luck!