My stride was causing shin splints!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ok, first off I just want to say My husband is amazing. For someone who never had will power and was always in the "mass building" phase, he has stuck to his P90X routine for79 days and has lost 15lbs, but has gained a LOT of muscle! I'm so proud! I have never seen him do anything like this before. He used to just lift weights and never change his diet, but he loves the P90X. All the while I have lazed around after I injured my shins walking in May to the point I could hardly walk. It was heartbreaking! I thought I'd heal up for a week or two and ended taking the WHOLE summer off - not walking - not eating healthy...I'm ashamed! Just the thought of being in horrible pain within 5 minutes of walking, was enough to keep me off my diet. But my hubby has lost his gut, is lean & look'n like Ken but I'm not Barbie, so I figured I'd better get back out there.

I tried at one point to try the P90X but since my lower back was broken in the 80's, & I have fallen arches & shin splints, it was literally impossible for me to make it through his routine. I guess I have to do what works best for me. Besides I have never liked standing in front of a TV and working out in the house anyways. I prefer being in nature...even when it's 90+ degrees! It's good for the soul, clears my mental fog & grounds me - but the pain makes it hard.

So anyway, this wonderful husband of mine went along for my first walk in months for moral support. On the way we were talking about how when I walk by myself I walk faster and I have awful shin pain because of it, and when I walk with him I never have shin pain. I showed him my normal pace as we were talking and he pointed out that he noticed my stride was significantly wider, and suggested that the stride was the source of my shin pain and not my pace. He suggested that I take regular steps, but just go faster. I think he's on to something, because when I tried walking faster, at my regular stride, I felt the muscles on the outside of my upper thighs and in my behind, instead of in my shins. Amazing! I came home with absolutely no pain after 2 miles & 20 minutes of walking. Before, I would have awful pain after the first 5 minutes, and by the end of the walk my shins would go from pain to numb, and then I would be stiff & in pain for the rest of the day. This change in stride was causing the entire problem! I can't wait to get out there tomorrow. I have always loved walking, now I won't have to tolerate pain when I walk anymore. Just thought I'd share that in case it will help anyone else with shin pain.

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    Your welcome - I actually googled "shin splints, stride" and there are several articles talking about this very thing...wish I would have known sooner! Even my chiropractor, who taught me how to stretch for shin splints didn't mention it.
    2830 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    Very interesting...I'll be checking my stride cause I was feeling pain in my shins last week, but I don't walk anywhere near as far as you do.

    emoticon Phyllis
    2830 days ago
    Thank you so much for the tip on walking and shin splints, I'll keep it in mind when I walk from now on!
    2830 days ago
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