Shin Splints are Ruining my Plans
Friday, June 29, 2012
I am TRYING to return to running, but I keep getting plagued by shin splints. I was running 3x week from Feb-Apr slowing building more running into my walks. I thought I was building slowly enough to avoid injury, but I developed shin splints in my left leg. My leg was painful enough that walking hurt and I couldn't even brush up against my leg without sharp pain. I took two months off and did elliptical training or walking instead. My leg improved and I was able to palpate the area rather firmly with no pain.
I started the Couch to 5k program this week and I have only done 2 runs. (alternating 90 seconds of running with 60 seconds of running 7 times) I have developed shin splints in the same area-again! I feel like I was being very conservative to avoid injury but maybe I need to be even more conservative? Any thoughts?
I started in Feb by walking 5 min. and running 1 min. alternating for 30 minutes and I still got shin splints! I am wearing new shoes as well.
I have read about and watched videos about taping shin splints, but there are several different ways to do this. Is there anyone out there that had success with taping shin splints and if so, how did you do it?
I plan to take a week off and do other exercises and then begin the C25k program again in a week or two. I am open to any suggestions that anyone can give me. I just wanna run again!