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Shin Splints

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I walk a lot. A lot.
Usually I do my walk/run right out my door, sometimes up the hill, sometimes down. Always just off the edge of the road, in the weeds, or in the fields, or the woods. Any where but actually on the road. And forget about sidewalks - we don't have them out here in the country.
I've just recently gotten back from spending three weeks with my oldest daughter, down in NYC. My daughter had a baby! Being the mom meant that I could go down and stay with them and help my daughter out with her new daughter. Being the grandmother meant that I could strap the baby into her carrier onto my chest and take her out for walks.
Walking in the big city is a whole 'nother deal than walking in the country.
Foolishly, I made no adjustments in my walking routine. The sidewalks and streets are relatively flat down there. (Up here my routes always have hills in them. Long steep hills.) I thought that since I was missing out on my usual uneven surfaces, and no hills, that I could do at least as many miles as I was used to. The additional weight on my chest was negligible.
I found out that I was mistaken.
Now I am back to my routine, in the quiet and peaceful country. With shin splints. Drats! I'm concerned because in a few days my sweetheart and I leave on our big anniversary hike up in the Adirondacks. In a few days I have some big old mountains to conquer, and I have to be resting up right now, nursing my shins, instead of keeping to my training routine.
Ice and stretching are helping, and a valuable lesson has been learned!
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    Congrats! on your new grand daughter! I love being a grandmother....it is a wonderful stage of life.

    Wow, you successfully manage uneven rough terrain, I too, am surprised that flat city walking could cause injury with shin splints. Yes, a lesson for me to learn, too, and I appreciate your sharing your experience.

    Your fitness minutes logged this week are amazing numbers! I presume you have healed well and are up and hiking again as usual?

    Your active lifestyle continues to inspire me.

    Enjoy your weekend.
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    Comment edited on: 6/15/2014 5:14:36 AM
    Sometimes it takes a hard lesson learned - sorry that had to happen..........take care and be gentle with yourself as you readjust.......
    1473 days ago
    Oh gracious shin splints, hope they heal up quickly so your trip is wonderful. So NYC must of been interesting. I need to get back over that way soon! Glad you saw the grandbaby~
    1474 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
    Get well soon, shin splints are painful. Rest and ice them down.

    1474 days ago
    1475 days ago
    Shin splints are miserable....I used ICE and Aspercreme to help mitigate the pain. My major issue now is Plantar Fasciatis and there is seemingly NO bloody cure. I wear the splint at night, Aspercreme during the day, ice, stretches, planks....you name it....I used to be a runner but since this started six months ago I am limited to walking, biking, and being careful....some days are WORSE than others but I am sooooo over it....I too, turned 52 and the weight seemed to appear....35lbs to get off and I am sure that would help ....quandary however is how to lose without some good cardio and how to feel better without some exercise blah blah :-) meditating has helped as has Yoga....hope you enjoy your Adirondack's....I have heard they are lovely...I am in Georgia but home state for me is Colorado -despite being born in UK :-) ..I love hiking in the mountains, it really is meditating and bliss at the same time :-) Congrats on the new grand baby....so hoping my newly married son and his wife have one soon :-) can't wait to be a Grand mother....Cheers
    1475 days ago
    Hope the shin splints go away and you can enjoy the fun time you have planned.
    1475 days ago
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