Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Body Is Fighting Me


So over the last few months I have been making every effort to stay physically active. I am in the gym at least 3-4 days a week doing the elliptical for 45 minutes to an hour, doing some weight training, and some other floor exercises. Now that the weather is getting nice again I want to get outside and exercise and run. I went out and bought motion stability sneakers for my flat feet and got all geared up and excited to run. Now last year I had this problem but I thought tha since I now had good sneakers and hadn't hit the pavement in a long time that my injury had gone away...nope! I went running yesterday with my boyfriend and it was so painful! My shins felt like someone was stabbing them every time my foot hit the ground. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what i could do about my shin splints? I hate being limited and hate even more to think that I won't ever be able to be a runner...

4 comments:

Quietspirit said...

First let me say, I'm not a runner. I much prefer walking. However, I do find walking on surfaces with some give to them much more comfortable that surfaces that do not give. Try to stay away from hard surfaces such as pavements and streets. Stick to grass or tracks when starting out. Talk to other runners to see how they deal with this problem. And do some real good stretching before and after your run.

Meikmeika said...

I agree with Quietspirit...do some good stretching especially before you run. This would happen to me when I was walking briskly on a treadmill..After stretching for a couple minutes before I was fine..

Au Naturale said...

Thanks for the advice ladies...I'm going to do some low impact cardio for a month and allow myself to heal and get back into things slowly. Ill keep you posted!

S0uthernGirl said...

I got the worst shin splints when I first started running... like the other ladies said, stretching is a must! Try runnersworld.com for some suggested stretches.