Friday, April 26, 2013

Shin Splints

So guess who has shin splints?

This girl.

Ow they hurt. Whenever anyone mentioned them in the past, I never really thought much of it since I had never experienced them. But now that I'm starting to, I felt the need to whine.

I feel like my running is coming to a quick end. Or at least a quick break. I've been at it for four weeks and have been doing well. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and continuing, even though it's getting harder and I feel like quitting more often. Overall, I don't have many complaints about running. Until last night that is. I went for a "baby" run since I wasn't feeling that good and by the time I got back, my shins were hurting. I figured it would pass quickly but nope, they hurt all evening long.

And still some this morning. Ugh.

So other than whining about my sore legs, I also wanted to ask for help. I really don't know much about shin splints or anything to do with exercising really. What do I do to make them feel better? Do I need to stop running? For how long? Can I prevent it from happening again when I start running back up? Any tips or advice?

To give you a bit more info about  my running:
- I go three times a week, usually Monday-Wednesday-Friday
- I run/walk for about 30 minutes each time
- I have decent Nike running shoes
- I run on a dirt road
- I try and do my stretches beforehand but occasionally forget

15 comments:

  1. oh hunny I feel you! I think have shin splits, but I have calves that just refuse to run this week. searing pain!!

    my only suggestion is to get sugar in you right after a run because it helps your muscles rebuild. and stretch afterwards

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  2. Casey - Thanks for sympathizing with me. This sucks. :( I think that I do need to do more stretches and I haven't been after my runs. I basically just collapse on the couch for a bit. Thanks for the tips, I might give them a try once this pain leaves and I can run again.

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  3. I haven't had shin splints in a while - just once, really, after a week of really intense training. In high school, when I joined the cross country team, the coach had us tap our feet, 10 times in neutral, 10 times with our toes pointed in, and 10 times with our toes pointed out for each foot after each run. As far as I know, it worked!

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  4. Jeanette - That's interesting. I will have to give it a try, it can't hurt anything. Thanks!

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  5. My best friend is a physical therapist. I've had shin splints in the passed and she while you just have let them heal, the best way to prevent them to is stretch after a run. She told me to spell out the alphabet with my toes. It sounds crazy but it helped. You could probably wrap them to make them feel better for the time being.

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  6. Christina - Thanks for the tips. I haven't been stretching after my runs, only before, so maybe that will definitely help. How do I know they're healed? Like how long should I wait before running again?

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  7. Hi friend! I used to get shin splints when I rollerbladed a lot, and icing them in the evenings always helped me. In addition, stretching post-run is a good idea (I'm bad about doing it, too). Don't give up hope! When I started running again in February, my ankles hurt so badly initially that I thought I would have to quit. However, as the tiny muscles strengthened, the pain lessened and eventually went away entirely. I'm glad I didn't give up!

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  8. Tory - Thanks for the encouragement love! I might try icing them tonight when I get home as they're still pretty sore. I might also just go biking instead of running for a few days to give them a break. And once I start running again, I will definitely do more stretching after my runs.

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  9. I'm with Tory - I had a number of volleyball teammates in college that just iced them directly before a game to help with the pain...

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  10. Kate - Thanks for seconding the icing! Hmm... now I want icing, on a cake, with icecream. Too bad I can't eat basically any of that. :(

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  11. You'll just know when they are healed. They won't hurt anymore.

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  12. Lol at the icing.. we had carrot cake with lunch today, I grabbed a second piece just for the icing :P

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  13. Kate - Of course you grabbed a second piece for the icing. Who grabs a second piece for the carrot? :P

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  14. Ow! Sorry to hear that :-( Definitely ice your shins. You can take NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) if you want, it'll help with the inflammation.

    How old are your running shoes? Have you been fitted at a running store? I don't believe that running store fittings are gospel like many runners do, but I do think that if you have the wrong type of shoe, it can contribute to problems. Especially if the shoes are old.

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  15. Mrs. E - My running shoes are about 2 years old but they really haven't been used much in those two years. I bought them when I decided to start running two years ago (which lasted about a week) and then used them randomly over the next little while. But when we bought them, we went into a sport store and asked about different types and what would be best for running. I don't feel like it's time for new shoes yet.

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