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Shin splints & how I am dealing...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

....with the recovery process. At first I didn't even know what shin splints were....but I figured it out quickly after the pain crept up one evening after a nice 3 mile run. I flew to SP in a jiffy & asked for help! LOL! emoticon

~ ~ I knew I hadn't over done anything....I had been pacing myself in true Jeff Galloway fashion with a walk 1 min/run 3 min pace......or so I had thought.

~ ~ A HUGE emoticon to the Jeff Galloway Team as they responed with a lot of emoticon advice, suggestions and directions to websites for me to research, and research I did. A special emoticon to Catherine
( LIVE2RUN4LIFE ) for her compassion & support!

~ ~ I found I was always running in my aerobic HR zone ( my heart rate was usually at a steady 165 or so... ) which is pretty intense ( at least for me ) for 2 -4 miles. I didn't realize that this was not smart - as I felt GREAT & sweaty when I finished. emoticon emoticon ...but in my 8th week of running, I began to feel very sore only "after" my run....and then the pain would stop after 15 minutes. I just thought this was a "good sore"....a normal reaction for a beginner runner. I thought I was being careful.

emoticon Time for self-evaluation emoticon

~ ~ You know what I am ? I am a "100% Intense Fitness Addict" who prefers high intensity in almost anything....spurns walking, loves a challenge and thrives on throwing herself into most sports! LOL!! If I do it, I do it with a bang! Lol.

~ ~ Can you feel the energy here? ...quite possibly a set-up for injury though.

~ ~ Now, I know there's nothing wrong with intense training, but I am learning that it needs to be coupled with moderate paces too. I've decided to train SMART.

~ ~ The last 4 days, I have rested with a few miles of power walking...yes, I am going to learn to like walking. Lol! emoticon emoticon
I have also included floor routines at moderate paces, and lighter weight lifting....these 4 days were to give my shins a time to rest a bit from mileage.

~ ~ Today, I spent 65 minutes at the gym....covered 2 miles of slow/moderate paced cardio with my Interval training.....I just went S..l..o...w...e..r.
And I made it ...still full of spunk! emoticon ...Lol!
I am pleased to say, my shins are fine, and I still got a great sweaty workout in.

~ ~ Tonight I will "slowly" cover just a mile on our local high school turf track. I promise to be careful following a ratio of 1:1 ( run 1 min/walk 1 min ) ....thanks again, Catherine for your excellent advice!

~ ~ The last thing in the world I want is to injure myself. I am discovering "Moderation" in fitness. When I think my shins have fully recovered, I will include a balance of intensity back into my weekly routine with the greatest of care & discretion.

~ ~ THANK YOU SP friends for your warm support, goodies, notes & SP mail!!
I feel so loved and lifted up....these kinds of situations can be so discouraging....and right after I reached 140-ville too.
BUT, with your awesome friendship and cheers, how can I go wrong?

~ ~ Impossible!! I can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthen me. Your prayers carry me through. emoticon emoticon

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    I am happy to hear you are much better now...glad you got some of runner lessons from Sparkers!! God be near you and bless your running/walking. Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Yes, sometimes we've just got to take it s-l-l-0-o-o-w-w-w-w. Good for you, learning all you can so that you can prevent injury and avoid shin splints. They are NOT fun!
    2196 days ago
    So glad to hear that you are feeling better. Take it slow and easy for awhile so as not to re-injure your shins.

    God Bless!
    2199 days ago
    When I run, I usually suffer from shin splints while my body acclimates. There is a video on here for stretches that help with shin splints. The stretches work wonders!! There is also a video that I used to do after my runs that is specifically designed for
    runners. Hope they help.

    You should be able to copy & paste the above links.
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  • JTAYLOR2011
    I had the same thing happen to me as I was first ramping up my miles a few months ago. I cut back the miles for a week, foam rolled, bought the stick -- as recommended on the Galloway Team and thankfully I was back on track... like you will be emoticon All the best to you!
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    Glad you found the help you needed.
    Rest, easy paces and softer surfaces - you'll be back to running soon!!
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    Oh, you poor girl! And even through all this, you remain positive! So inspirational to me! Thank you, and may you be blessed! I love the turtle with the rocket picture!
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    Great job on doing the research and following through! And if you needed to know if you were intense, you could have just asked us! emoticon Hope your recovery continues and you stay healthy! emoticon
    2199 days ago
    Hate those things!!! I learned early on that pacing is the best policy. SO if I feel any discomfort, I slow down. Glad that you got the support and info that you needed! ANd I love all the pics you add to your blogs!!!
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