Taking Time Off From Running.

I think one of my worst running fears might have come true… getting injured.

It all started when one week ago I went for a six mile run that felt pretty tough on my shins. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. Next day (Monday) I went for a five mile treadmill run that felt even harder on my shins. I had difficulties for walking normally afterwards.

I took a three-day break from running until I came back for another five miles, the pain was really awful afterwards.

I wanted to hit the mileage for my week of training and so I decided to go (with my sore shins and everything) for that six mile run on a Saturday night. Two miles went by and there it was… that stabbing/burning pain on my shins again. The one that made me throw the towel with my half-marathon training.  After many attempts of running and lots of tears I decided to walk back home. For the first time, running made me cry.

Once I was back home I texted my Dad (of course), and started looking for pictures to explain him exactly what I felt and where I felt it. This is the most accurate one I found.

Stress on my shins might be the problem, and I had no idea. I don’t know exactly if I’m injured or what, but after two days of not running (or doing any cross training) I’m still feeling pain.

These are some things I believe it started affecting my shins:

– The Treadmill of my gym: That one specifically. After my first run there I ended up with calf tightness, something I’ve never experienced before and something that could lead to shin issues.

– Not enough sleep: Because I’m a full time graduate student with a part-time job and sometimes my life gets a little crazy.

– Only running three days a week: The approach of my current training plan is putting more miles in less days. I used to run the same amount of miles distributed in more days.

– Not stretching before running: I know. I know. I’ve always felt like stretching cold muscles was something unnatural. Walking for a few minutes was the only thing I did to cool them down.

– Cutting out the leg strength exercises: Because I didn’t want to run on tired legs. So, I focused all my strength on my arms and core.

This is definitely an opportunity to adjust some things on my running habits for better. I don’t plan to stop my training plan so far. I’m only planning to take one week off from running and see how I feel afterwards.

 

 

Have you ever suffered from shin splints?

What did you do to treat them?

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Oh man, that sucks!! I’m sorry to hear about the shins. I did have shin splints once, and I switched to a different shoe and it went away. Just last week I had a strong shin pain that I had to ice, which was SUPER unusual, but luckily nothing came of it. I hope you figure out what will fix it!

    • Nathaly Abrahan

      Thank you Lisa! I’m taking a two weeks off because the pain hasn’t gone anywhere. Even though I haven’t exercised whatsoever since last Saturday. I’m glad you could figure it out quickly 🙂 Your training last week was awesome!!

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