Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shin Splints

Ahh yes, we have all been there. The burning pain on the inside of your leg that increases while you run. Bringing even the strongest man (e.g. me) to his knees. Shin Splints.

Even a simple google search will yield thousands of results that point to your calves actually being the culprit. The problem is that my calves have always been tight. Not tight in a good way, like: “Tiger Woods’ wife is TIGHT, why would he cheat on her?!”, more like “my calves are so tight they feel like I’m storing baseballs for winter like a chipmunk”.

During a very quick 2 mile run on a treadmill last night, I was bit by the shin splint bug. I know that I am being hyper sensitive, but I can’t help but be a little concerned that I am pushing a little bit too far too fast. It was the first time that I’ve tried to run two days in a row, so I guess my body just isn’t ready for that yet. Either that, or the busted up treadmill in my hotel was harder on my legs than a mobster with a baseball bat.

So, my action plan is as follows:
  • Stretch 3x a day. I’m going to stretch after I work out (duh), going to stretch in the morning after I am up and moving, and I will stretch just after lunch (after I have been up and moving to the feed bag).
  • I am going to sacrifice no less than 4 chickens a day to the running injury gods.
  • Take a step back week on my long run next week. I’m probably due.
  • Only run 4x a week.
  • Work hard to run on soft surfaces. Phoenix has an excellent canal system that offers miles of gravel on which I can plod along.


11 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i HATE shin splints so much. having had stress fractures twice in the same leg, I absolutely *get* what you mean by being hypersensitive. I still am. With the tri training, I'm only doing 2 days/week, but my chiro said 3 days/week max, no back to back days. Funny enough, I'm ok with it. The only time I'm having shin splint type pain now is when I run right after getting off the bike. it's the oddest thing. running alone, fine. off the bike, major fire in the shins. hope you heal up fast!

Pat said...

take care of the legs. The canals are great. The one that is near SanTan Village goes north to the raparian habitat. It is one of my favs.

BrianFlash said...

I think so soon after a stress fracture you should stop running so much speed work. Take three weeks and keep the heart rate below 155 on every run.

Then you can crank it back up!

RunnuRMark said...

Damn, Adam, I don't even run 4 days a week! I second the recommendation to hold off on the speed work for a while.

GeorgiaSnail said...

um, won't your shoes get all wet?

OhMyLaughter said...

Caution is not a bad thing. Granted it sounds kind of boring, but so does your blog ;-)

I find that I can never get enough "downward facing dog" when my calves get tight. Also the good old put your foot up against a wall helps me a lot. Does your hotel pool have a hot tub? If so, I'd add THAT to your list for good measure.

Steve Stenzel said...

Those sound like good ideas. Good luck!! Stupid shins....

Ace said...

Universal truth = hotel treadmills are the source of ALL running injuries! Hope it comes around soon.

blaine said...

Ahh...the running Gods. They are a finicky bunch. You may have to up the ante and throw someone in a volcano.

Michelle said...

Good plan Adam. I like a man with a plan!!!

Now stick to it!!! OK? Don't make me come there and beat you up!!!

sRod said...

Good plan! I haven't been bit by the splint bug in a couple years, but I remember it was always when I tried to run too hard.