No- no outside pressure except for my best friend. We're both coming from quite a way, spending money to stay locally (we live about 200 miles away from each other).. She's from a rowing/circuits background so I don't think she quite understands the long term implications of not letting it heal. I think she thinks I'm being a bit precious.
It was last night- just a normal 2 mile dog walk over mixed terrain- and that nerve feeling that set my alarm bells ringing and I guess I needed a bit of mental back up before going back to her and saying I'm not walking it either, for my own good. Best friends, eh?
I really appreciate the no nonsense replies. But six months no running ?! Me in a swimming costume is not a pretty sight...
Windsor Half Marathon is the end of the month. I've managed to give myself anterior shin splints in my left leg after using a higher cadence and better kick in a 10k almost 3 weeks ago ( I had been practicing at shorter distances- I've been getting bad headaches due to poor posture- new style=no headaches). I've been feeling it intermittently when walking regardless of shoe/trainer.
Been icing, stretching, I do yoga and pilates and I've been indoor cycling but after about 2 mins on a treadmill I stop as I feel it isn't a good idea to run through it.
Pal who is also running in race has asked if I could just walk instead. A pull on bandage dulls the discomfort but gives me a weird 'nerve' sensation where my leg meets the top of my foot. Can I walk a long distance on it or would it be inadvisable?
I'm feeling somewhat frustrated with running right now.
I've recently been working on my form because my natural gait is long, flat footed, over pronates quite a lot, I hunch etc etc. I also get severe tension headaches as a result almost every run.
Building up my time on the treadmill, shortening my cadence, lifting my heals etc, I've found my back/shoulders don't get the pounding and, with a good back stretch, the headaches are vastly improved. I ran a 10k on Sunday trying to use these principles and I didn't get the headache I'd expect. Problem solved or so I thought.
Hopped on treadmill this am and stopped again after 2 mins as felt the dreaded pain of mild shin splints on my left leg. Later, in flat unsupportive Vans while walking, I'm getting occasional sharp pains in the same area. So I'm typing this with ice and ibruprofen on the shin. My shoes are Brooks support ones. Not enough mileage or old enough to be worn out. I have a half marathon in about 5 weeks time.
You can see from my profile pic that I have a slightly bowed tibia on my right leg and I'm also sort of hitched up slightly on that side but since it hasn't caused me any pain yet there's no point in seeing anyone about it. I also have a wide q angle and my left knee swings diagonaly in rather than forward.
1. As the shin splints improve, am I okay to continue working on my new running form or should I temper things?
2. Any point trying a knee brace to try and straighten the right leg while running? I feel the weird workings on the right mean the left takes a disproportionate load. Really can't afford a private physio right now.
I was wondering if poor running forms works certain muscles and if good running form works other muscles?
I'm working on my form since I videoed myself last week. I'm naturally flatfooted but I really overstride, have no kick, swing my arms from my elbows, am too upright- basically I run backwards in a race...
By changing my form (gradually etc) will I find that I'm using different muscles/muscle groups more than I presently do? I feel I overuse my quads at the moment and have really puny calves. Will these have inverted prescidence with correct form? Just curious as I couldn't find an answer elsewhere online.