Sore Shins

This last week has been hard.  I got done running Wednesday and my shins were on fire. “Oh great now I have shin splints. “- were my thoughts.  How am I going run 13 5Ks with shin splints. That would be the worse thing a beginning runner could do is continue to run with shin splints. Plus every step hurt. Well, I stretched and stretch and read to determine how to alleviate this pain I had. Then I stretched some more. My run Friday was mediocre, I’m still averaging a 12:38 min. mile, but my shins started hurting again half way through the run. So, I slowed down to alleviate the pain. Once again after the run my shins were hurting. I stretched and drank electrolytes and stretched some more.

I was really discouraged this weekend. My legs hurt and I couldn’t see running anymore. They hurt walking stairs, getting off the couch, or getting out of the car. The pain at a few points was definitely not normal. No matter how many calf raises, or toe raises I did, my legs wouldn’t give me any relief.

Then on Sunday  morning, I woke and my legs felt really good. No pain, a little sore but a good sore. I went to church to serve as leader for my church’s  5/6 grade service and one of the songs on our playlist really hit home and gave me a better outlook on completing this goal I started only a few weeks ago. I’ve heard it a hundred times but I never felt the words. If you get a chance, give it a listen Planetshakers ‘Nothing is Impossible’  One line in the song: “Through You all things are possible, strongholds are broken, It is You who gives me strength” was what I need to hear. I need to focus on the goal and rely on my faith to finish this strong.

See you on the road.

 

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About rifflewader

I'm running 13 5Ks in 2013 to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer's.
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3 Responses to Sore Shins

  1. adiadaire says:

    Very impressive on many levels. You can do this! We need to stretch more and drink more water. Just not tonight, we have an old Elementary to catch up on 🙂

  2. Chris says:

    Sorry about the shin splints! I had an issue with that in September. This is what I did, nothing earth shattering, but it helped! Iced my affected area, aspirin, and wrapped them. I used Ace bandages originally, then I found wraps at CVS to use with velcro (the inside are rubber so easier to clean). I hope this helps and those splints go away soon!

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