I’ve got shin splints. And I’ve got them bad.
I’m in my third week of training, and my shin splints are in full swing. It’s frustrating. And it hurts! I’m pretty sure they first appeared a week ago, during that not-so-fun treadmill run, but I’ve continued to run on them anyway. Not a good idea.
I ran two miles on Tuesday, at an 11 mile pace (because that’s all I could do without crying), and I hobbled my way home from the gym. It was bad. I went to work after that, and my shins were throbbing so badly, I had to sit down and watch the kids from a swing while we were on the playground.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that ice has become my best bud. According to WebMD, ice is one of the best quick fixes for shin splints. I’ve taken ice baths, and I’ve iced with ice packs.
I’ve also foam rolled, and stretched. And stretched, and stretched.
And now — here’s the hardest part — I have to rest. According to WebMD (I haven’t gone to my doctor; I know she’ll just tell me the same thing), the only thing that completely cures shin splints is rest. For me, this is difficult, since I’m running a half marathon in ten weeks. But I know that if I do my scheduled 4 mile run today, I will leave in tears. It’s not worth it.
It looks like cross training might become my best fitness friend, next to ice, over the next week (or two, or three). I can’t risk injuring myself even more.
I would like to get better soon. I do not want to quit this half marathon training. I will not quit. Do you think that it’s possible to take some time to rest and still complete a half mary on November 3rd?
I really hope so….
Have you ever suffered from shin splints?
What do you do to prevent/heal shin splints?