3.25.2009

So far, not so good

I woke up at 5 this morning to pouring rain and aching shins and decided to go back to sleep. The C25K program recommends a day between runs, so I'll try again tomorrow. I did enjoy my run yesterday, once my ears decided the cold wasn't so bad. I'll be praying for no rain.

PS-does anyone know any good stretches to prevent shin splints?

2 comments:

Amber said...

Ah- shin splints. My not-so-favorite friend when training for my marathon. The best advice I have is:
#1 If it hurts, don't run. This is hardest, but I learned that if you keep running through the pain they never heal
#2 Ice your shins after running. You can freeze water in little Dixie cups and then tear down some of the cup and rub it up and down your bare shin
#3 Take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) before running
#4 Stretching your hamstrings are the best way to "stretch" your shins. I would stretch my hamstrings several ways before and after I ran.
#5 Invest in good running shoes. This makes all the difference. Go to a running store and have the employee watch you run and help you pick out shoes for your feet. Also make sure your shoes are big enough. They should be about 1/2 - 1 size bigger than your regular shoe size to allow for your foot to fully spread out when running.
Wow - that was long, but hopefully helpful! Good luck!

Grant said...

I KNOW!I KNOW! I KNOW!