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As you know, I will be running a half Marathon on the 28th May. I don't think I've run properly since my last half Marathon in 2013. That's a long time ago. As a result my calf muscles aren't what they used to be. So when I went for a run thinking that I would easily be able to run 3 miles, as I'm a running veteran/idiot. Needless to say, I gave myself quite the injury! The dreaded shin splints! I'm not going to lie, I didn't actually know what shin splints were, so I kept on running. I did say that I'm an idiot. Eventually it got so painful I had to Google my pain (another potentially unwise move). I had Anterior shin splints. Let me tell you, they are not good. I even started getting them when i was walking quickly! This is why strength training is so important along side cardio training.
Shin splints occur when a) you haven't stretched properly/enough or b) let your calf muscles get that weak they are so not ready for a 3 mile run! This frustrated me greatly. I wanted to get out a start running, but I couldn't. I needed to both rest my muscles and strengthen them.
After only a few days of no running (I'm a very impatient person) I decided to do an exercise DVD, that I've had for ages and use as a coaster. It's Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.
This is such a great all over body workout and also gives you the option of doing the lower impact exercises. I thought that this would be a good strengthening option, as I needed something that would allow me to build my strength back up gently.
I was very happy to feel my leg muscles working hard (and no pain!). I think 30 days of this will get me back to where I need to be. Until then, I'm just going to have to take it easy (running on the treadmill, rather than outside on concrete), as this week is the beginning of my 14 week half marathon training plan!
Peace out! xxx