This morning I wanted to do something easy, so I set out on 5 miles at a comfortable pace. The first half I was jogging/limping (I swear my shadow looked like it was limping) and then the pain went away and I finished at a little faster pace.
I have to focus on letting my legs heal and take it easy for a few days. Everything I read says shin splits heal on their own and the best thing you can do is to rest. Here are a few other things Google MD had to say
Icing the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.
Some of the causes for shin splits are
- Irritated and swollen muscles, often caused by overuse
- Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones
- Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons
I'm pretty sure my problem came from the last bullet there. I had just mentioned to my mom that my running shoes were worn. They are pretty much dead and I shouldn't be wearing them. I wore them for the half marathon last Sunday.
It could be the fact that Thanksgiving is a week away, but I have been craving pumpkin lately. Today I looked up a few pumpkin pie/dessert recipes and I'm contemplating blending in some pumpkin into my oatmeal for dinner. Br-inner is awesome!
Have you ever had shin splits?
Do you look to Google to help diagnose yourself?
Do you have breakfast for dinner?