Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:03
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.