I absolutely love running. It’s my favorite thing to do when I go to the gym and it’s the part I look forward to the most. Don’t get me wrong, I like other forms of cardio to but none of them make me feel as good as running has. That is until I’ve started having problems with shin splints.
At first I thought it wasn’t a big deal and I would run through the pain but that only made it worse. It doesn’t stop me from doing other forms of cardio like biking. It just keeps me from doing my favorite thing. I recently rested my shins for two weeks and iced them every night and my legs were feeling great so this past week I decided to start running again and my shin splints have reared their ugly head once again so i sat down the other night and decided to do some real research into what I’m doing wrong and what I could do to prevent shin splints in the future.
So part of it for me was how I actually got shin splints after running for so long. What I worked it out to be was mostly just luck. I never stretched, I just went for my run and then when I was done, that was it and I think that’s a large part of the problem I’m having now. I’m suffering from the repercussions of not stretching and that combined from me recently increasing the length of my run has resulted in the shin splints.
So this time I’m going to rest and ice my shins but I’m also going to properly stretch them and hopefully I’ll be home free. I’ll let you guys and gals know how it’s going in a couple of weeks