Holy Shin Splints!!

I ran again tonight!  This is not like me.  I have never been a runner.  I am really enjoying the outside exercising.  I struggled with my runs tonight because my shins were hurting again.  Once I started walking they would slowly get better but they are still hurting as I type this post.  No running tomorrow so they get a chance to heal!

I haven’t been doing well with WW recently because I haven’t been tracking (aka eating bad food).  I am going to try to blog my daily meals so that I can be more accountable.  If I eat it, you will read about it.  I’m going to start with dinner tonight!  Because I ran after work, I earned an extra 3 activity points!

For dinner we had grilled chicken sausage with roasted potatoes, green beans and spinach salads.  My plate had 1 and a half sausages but I only ate 1.  The potatoes were my favorite part.  I cooked them at 415 for about 20 minutes and turned on the broiler for an extra 5.  I seasoned them with EVOO, Montreal Steak Seasoning and Garlic Gold.

Dinner 4 11

Dinner:

  • Trader Joe’s Spicy Chicken Sausage, 5 pts+
  • Baby Potatoes, 6 pts+
  • Green Beans, 0 pts+

Salad:

  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs Gorgonzola Cheese, 1 pts+
  • 1 Tbs Sunflower Seeds, 1 pts+
  • 1 Tbs Craisins, 1 pts+
  • 2 Tbs Annie’s Low Fat Raspberry Vinagarette, 1pts+

Salad 4 11

I enjoyed all of that for 15 points.  You may think thats high but I usually try and save about half of my daily points for dinner.  I had plenty to eat and was able to cross off a few healthy checks!  Hopefully I will have a better weigh in this week since I’m starting off right!

Do you have any tips for helping shin splints?

Comments

  1. Hey, I had problems with shin splints when I started running last year. I found that stretching out my calf muscles really well before and after running helped a bunch (and a little ice massage after). Also, when you are sitting, write the alphabet with your feet. It sounds silly, but it will build up the muscles across the shin and help keep them from hurting.

    • I stretched before tonight but I don’t think it was enough. The ice after felt great. I will work on the alphabet. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Also, try rolling a towel up on the floor with your toes. Also builds the muscles around the shins. Keep it up!

  3. Sheena – as a former field hockey player (where running is 110% required) I can tell you that the thing that helped me was compression. Now, I had trainers who would tape my shins every single day before practice. Granted you don’t have that; however, you can look in to compression socks or sleeves. A solid running store will know what you’re looking for. And, take an anti-inflammatory too. The only other suggestion I have is to look at your running shoes and make certain they are correct for your foot strike. And, look at maybe running every other day or every two days.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    it’s painful but icing after you run does help. Also, try this stretch-sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Point your toes and have Tony push down gently on the tops of your feet. Then flex your toes and have him push them back a little extra.

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