For years, I’ve struggled with shin splints. After even aerobic workouts, my right calf could throb for days. Stretching and consistently working out have been the two best ways I’ve prevented them. Taking long breaks from exercise then returning like no time passed always leads to injuries. When I take classes and particpate in Rhode Runner runs, a warmup is guarenteed. During my solo runs, I have to remember to warm up and cool down.
This past Saturday, I did something that goes against everything I’ve learned about running: I went for my longest run yet and barely stretched. Oh, am I paying for it! I am doing every possible remedy: Tylenol, ice, heat, stretches, Biofreeze, foam roller. Nothing is helping. Wednesday, I ventured out for a shorter run but only made it to just under two miles, knowing that I would make things even worse if I kept going. I tool Tylenol and iced it three times last night.I haven’t worn any of my heeled booties, sticking to my Teiks each day this week. I don’t have a desk in my class, only a cart where I hook up my computer. While standing there, I’ve been stretching my calves as often as possible. The hope is that these steps will help me heal.
That being said, I am nervous for my next long run. Everything I’ve been reading about half-marathon training says that I should be running at least three times a week. I’ve only been getting out twice and had to cut yesterday’s run short. While I am aware of the body’s need to recover and repair, I am also nervous about falling behind in training an missing my goal. Now that the warmer weather is sneaking in, it should be easier to fit in quick afternoon on weekdays.
Tomorrow, I will venture out with the intention of running seven miles. If my body tells me to stop, that’s what I will do. My aspriration is to be more than halfway to my goal of running thirteen miles!
If anyone has any suggestions for aleviating and preventing shin splits, I will happily try them!