Lately, I’ve been upping my running in preparation for my two races in April. As I’ve started to run further and more frequently, I’ve unfortunately had an annoying companion on my runs: shin splints. The Mayo Clinic says:
If you have shin splints, you may notice:
- Tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg
- Mild swelling in your lower leg
At first, the pain may stop when you stop running or exercising. Eventually, however, the pain may be continuous.
Yep, pretty much. If you are a runner, chances are you’ve experienced the frustrating pain of shin splints. Certainly all pain is frustrating, but shin splints are particularly vexing because there is not much you can do besides ice and rest to improve the condition. I’m currently experiencing a dull to not-so-dull pain along my shins that is constantly present – whether I’m walking to work or sitting at my desk. I was at a bit of a loss as to what I should do in regards to my runs this week. I am due to run three times, with varying distances. I decided that I would try to get all three runs in, rather than skip them. For me, I’d rather take a few aspirin than get out of sync. Yesterday, I did my shortest run when I went to the gym last month and it wasn’t horrible. I’m a bit nervous about the next two runs, but I think if I prepare smartly (ice prior, take advil, and take it slow) I can make it.
What do you do when you are suffering from shin splints? Am I making a huge mistake by running on them?