TMTS, technique or not suited to
As an expeimen why dont you try getting fitted for shoes the traditiional way, and run for a couple of months in whatever corporate evil stability inspired devldry they recommend, and see if thigs get worse/ beteer/no different.
Given that the barefoot revolution hast turned out to be an instant pancacea for you personally, what have you got to lose?
I'd love to hear your findings....
I've had very similar issues. When I first began barefoot running I didn't realise that although I'd naturally adapted to a forefoot landing, I was still overstriding in the same way I did when I was a heel-striker in marshmallow shoes.
I was also overstraining my calf muscles by running 'on my toes' and never touching down with my heel. I had nasty shin splints and had to take a long break from running.
I've since learned that a key part of good form is to make sure you land with your foot directly underneath you, not out in front. Lean forwards slightly by bending at the ankle (not the waist), land on your forefoot or midfoot, then lightly touch down with your heel and push off.
The other key is to go very slowly at first and build up speed and distance extremely gradually. Listen to your body and pay attention when it complains!
I had been running completely problem-free for several months, then a couple of weeks ago I built up both the pace and the frequency a bit too much again. Combine that with going for a run when I was very over-tired and stressed one day, so my form got sloppy, and hey presto - shin splints again!
Barefoot running isn't easy, but I remain convinced it's the way to stop long-term injury. It has an honesty about it - you soon find out if you're doing something wrong!
Yeah, gyms tend to have a pretty unenlightened attitude to BFR!
The thing about form is that if you've run for years in high-heeled shoes, you have some muscle memories that will be deeply ingrained. Particularly when you're tired, it's easy for these old habits to surface again.
I really thought I'd nailed good form, but all it took was a couple of days to undo everything again! Bit disappointing, but just underlines how important it is to work at your form and keep focus. We live and learn!
I've taken a week off running and worked at massaging my shins, applying arnica gel, ice, etc. Tomorrow I plan to start up again, but taking it very gently. In particular I've recognised that trying to increase the speed is likely to make me overstride.
So my advice would be to think carefully about your weaknesses. Running flatter routes could definitely work. Run slow and easy, paying careful attention to your form.
Jason Robillard (http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/barefoot-running/) talks a lot of sense about good form and barefoot running.
I was also overstraining my calf muscles by running 'on my toes' and never touching down with my heel. I had nasty shin splints and had to take a long break from running.I've since learned that a key part of good form is to make sure you land with your foot directly underneath you, not out in front. Lean forwards slightly by bending at the ankle (not the waist), land on your forefoot or midfoot, then lightly touch down with your heel and push off.
I suffer with shin splints and I've found if you ice the area immediately after running it helps the recovery and ease the pain substantially. I've started increasing my miles to train for a half marathon and found the problem has raised its ugly head again. Seeing a physio next week so I'll let you know if he provides any other pointers.
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Cheers guys, some interesting pointers there. Going to try a run on thursday. will be a week then. Legs feel good, going to try a more flat run and try to focus on my technique a lot more.
I tried 4 miles this morning and felt good. So far no ill effects... I took it slowly and paid careful attention to see if there was any pain - I resolved to stop and turn back if there was. Luckily it was OK!
Will keep my fingers crossed for you.
That's great news - sounds like you're on the mend.
Thought you might be interested in this video I found yesterday - a demonstration of absolutely awesome form, with instructions on how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSIDRHUWlVo
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