Thursday, June 21, 2012
Since finding that I have shin splints I've been feeling rather low and solemn. My husband has noticed that I haven't had much get up and go this past week or so. Who knew not running could have THIS affect on me! Ok, so there are other things that have been a disappointment too, but just not being able to go and run it out or my system has had an impact. I know I'd only been street running twice but it did make a huge difference to how I felt about myself! I was achieving and feeling GREAT because of it!!! Yep, feeling so good that I ended up hurting myself in my over eagerness! :P
Well, I have been doing other exercises while I've been resting my leg, though not as much as I'd worked myself up to. I've had to cut back to 20 minutes a day rather than the 50 I was finding I could do. At least it's something and I've been getting off my butt to carry on regardless. I could have rested fully and not done a single thing, but I think that is counter-productive. I've been doing some shin strengthening as well as some core workouts. I can feel the difference and see my stomach flattening out a little...so a blessing? :D
Yesterday was a beautiful day and me and my boys spent some time in our garden. I was tempted to have a jog around the garden and see whether the softness of the grass helped me. IT DID!!! Not a bit of pain! So...I did some stretches for my shins before setting a timer and jogging for 10 glorious minutes! Afterwards I did some more stretches and my leg felt FINE!!! I decided 10 minutes was just enough for now because I don't want to overdo it and end up making my leg worse.
I reckon then it's the surface that I'm running on that makes the difference. I started out my running on the track. I guess to a certain extent the track supports you as you run...well more so than the street surface! I think I shall return to the street running, but not quite yet. I want to strengthen my shins a bit more before I do. When I do I will look at cutting down the length of my run and start off slower than I did before. 1.5miles is good, but not when you are not used to the surface!