Know when enough is enough.
I am taking a rest from all working out today, as yesterday I could barely move when I got out of bed. One of my calves felt like it still has a pulled muscle, and still feel it a little today. I walked for about 2.25 miles (my garmin died at 2.10) for the entire first mile my arches were killing me from the stupid podiatrist inserts, and my legs just ached all over. I walked out about 1.1 and then returned home another 1.15 ish. I just wanted to keep moving, and stretching my sore sore body.
So today is rest and stretch (still going strong on my show me 30 days!)
I have been having shin splints AGAIN. It all started again with those inserts, and running on the track at boot camp class. I mentioned a few days ago it was not the normal shin splint feeling. Posterior shin splints is what I self diagnosed from webmd, and other running resources. Naturally not going to the doctor yet. It only hurts when I squat, and run for too long, and I feel like I live at the doctor. So here are some of the things I have been doing that seem to be helping tremendously.
Shin splints – how I am fixing them!
Sadly they are so common, with lots of confusing information out there. Mind you these are the tips I have found helped. (at one point, I was convinced it was a stress fracture- but the pain dissipated to less severe)
- How many miles are on your shoes? Can’t remember? Get fitted for a new shoe. (both pairs of mine are less than 100 miles each)
- Stretch, and foam roll. I started at 5 minutes a day, now I am doing it 2-3 times a day to help. Very inexpensive at walmart for a traditional roller – I also use ” The Stick” too. (It does hurt, breathe and keep trying)
- Look at your training, are you over training, too many days a week, too hard to fast? Make sure you are balancing your training so your muscles can heal.
- Icing, and making sure your shower is cool not warm after a workout. Your muscles need ice when they are hurting, heat just aggravates the problem.
- I am not a huge fan of taking medications, but the doc does recommend Ibuprofen to help alleviate swelling.
So I hope your Saturday is going well!
Daisy is being lazy with me this weekend. What about you, what did you do today?