What a Pain in My Shin

by on June 30, 2011

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Weeeeeeee! I have been working my butt off to meet a deadline at my big girl job, and I just finished! I always feel so relieved when I finish my “work work” projects. Now I can go on vacation next week with no stress of leaving work behind.

[insert sigh of relief]

I’ve been “running” according to schedule lately (with a few shifts and shimmies of the schedule here and there), and up until last week, I was mainly running on my treadmill…because really…when given the option of sweating outside in the sweltering heat or parking my treadmill in front of Real Houseswives of OC, I choose trash TV. My asthma was also really acting up, so running inside helped that.

In any case, I started wogging outside again last week, primarily doing Galloway 5:1′s or 3:1′s. Since I live in an area that is sort of 1/2 suburbia, 1/2 city, if I want to run more than 3 miles (or if I don’t want to be consistently bored by the same route), I’m stuck running on sidewalks a good portion of the time.

On one of my runs last week, I started to notice my shins were killing me. I was stopping like every mile to stretch and rub and gripe to myself about my shins. I wouldn’t call it full blown shin splints, but I was definitely on my way there. After my run, I put on my compression socks [still love!] and a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts, and everything was fine the next day.

At the beginning of this week, I had a major case of calf tightness, to the point that I was foam rolling my man calves at work [not recommended unless you're looking to date a coworker...lesson learned]. I headed out on last nights run fully planning on having a body meltdown around mile 3 or 4 because of how crazy tight my legs were.

I did about the first 2 miles of my run on an asphalt path that leads to one of the lakes nearby, then I switched to sidewalks for about 1 mile and ran to another lake, then I ran 3/4 of a mile on the asphalt path around the second lake.When I turned around to come home, I ran the same way home, but this time I ran on the street instead of on the sidewalks. This was safe because the road was relatively untraveled.

Here’s what happened (in this exact order): running bliss, splinty-shin terror, running bliss.

The splinty-shin terror only occurred while I was running on sidewalks. I tried to find some sort of scientific reason for this [because I'm super nerdy], but I can only find a lot of other people complaining about it–no smart scientists.

 

Does anyone else have this problem? Any smart people in the house who can verify that this isn’t just in my head?

 

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Not sure if I’ll be back before this weekend (we’re driving overnight on Saturday to spend the week with my family in Central NY), but I have The Boilermaker 15K on Sunday, followed by a relaxing week with the fam.

So, if I don’t talk to ya before then, have a great 4th of July!

  • http://merrymishaps.com/ merrymishaps

    I’ve always been fine on sidewalks, but I know they cause some people trouble. Concrete is harder than asphalt! 

  • Atamagni8

    My doc told me sidewalks are the WORST surface on which to run (goodbye cartilage, good bye).  Treadmills and trails are better…asphalt=too hard.  Happy, pain-free running!!

  • Daniel Foley

    Always makes me feel better when I hear of another runner with asthma. I’m a late starter having only got it a year ago and it was very scary for a while. I still sometimes go out and forget about it and sometimes get caught out. I hadn’t really made a connection between the heat/asthma.

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