As any endurance athlete may know the term rest does not exist within our vocabulary… In anything we do. whether its our training, job, or family life there ares always something to do and are somewhere to be going. So, once faced with the dilemma of resting (could be due to a taper week or recovering from an injury) we are challenged with the predicament of “what do I do?”
Two weeks ago I was given the joy of dealing with the onset of some mild shin splints. They weren’t painful enough to be bound to the couch, but painful enough to notice that they are there. Thankfully the pain is only in my right shin. a little over a a week ago I then made the executive decision to cut running out of my training program temporarily until these have completely healed. Last thing I want is to still be fighting with them in July when it is race season. With making the jump to Olympic distance triathlons this upcoming summer I want to make sure that I can be in the best shape i can in terms of lack of injury and proper bio-mechanics. I am not look at race weight because whether I lose some or stay the same I am happy with my body the way it is lol.
Since deciding to cut the running out I have made active recovery and physio a priority of mine. Especially in the lower body many injuries can be prevented by working on other areas of the lower body because they are all inter-related and work together. I invested in a pair of compression sleeves (this is my first pair ever) and am pretty impressed with how much they have helped with my recovery! with combination of myofascial release (foam rolling), icing, and light stretching the pain is slowly starting to feel better. the only downfall is with not being able to run is im slowly losing my sanity… When I run (as every other runner knows) you feel just free. It is a major way I release my frustration and anxiety, so not having that has a way of release has been a struggle. coincidentally this rest week paired with a busy travel week for work which helped steer my attention away from wanting to run.
Do you have any other tips to help with the recovery of shin splints? I am also starting to look at the arch support in my dress shoes and noticing that they do not provide much at all… Looks like it might be some time for some retail therapy…
Thanks for looking as always,