Time for an insincere hoorah. . . I’m back to a week of very little running.
I know you’re all asking why? And here is the answer – shin splints.
Since restarting running following six months of recovery I’ve been having various aches and pains, first it was my hip and now it’s my shin. On the positive side it’s not just a running thing (I’m loathe to call it an injury) as it’s onset coincided with me doing a lot of walking with Jess. However, it is a problem while running and with the expert opinion (google) divided on the best course of action I’ve started by trying not running for a week, or doing much walking, or much of anything really.
By Thursday I was feeling rather fed up with being so sedentary and had resorted to binge-eating my way through large amounts of chocolate to make me feel less fed up (BTW junk food is not the answer). But there was no actual improvement in the shin pain and simply walking from car to supermarket was enough pain for me.
Having tried the rest it approach with no benefit, I decided to try the low impact exercise approach so Friday morning enjoyed(?) a very sweaty hour at the gym, split between the cross trainer and the bike. . . And do you know what? This actually seemed to help!
I had already volunteered my son and I to help at parkrun on Saturday morning, with my son being on finish tokens and me as funnel manager – oh how important I felt with a clipboard! Then, in the afternoon, we did a lot of walking around Chester, and while my shin was a little achy, it wasn’t too bad.
While in Chester, my older son found the Harry Potter shoes he’d seen advertised online (Gryffindor colours) and I decided it was time my younger son became a proper runner, i.e. one that owns more than one pair of running shoes! I’m very proud that he chose the cheapest ones in the shop, so for a mere £30 he now has a pair of trail shoes as well as his much loved road shoes.
Now, what kind of a mother would I be if I didn’t offer to take him out the next day to try out his new trail shoes? Exactly. . . so this morning off we went to Delamere Forest (early to avoid the hoards) for a little run, 3.4 miles. My shin was sore while running and immediately after, but it recovered quickly and has felt ok since.
Next week just one focus – must get training!
Have a great week,