Couch to 5K – Week #2 – Shin Splints!! Help needed!!

Week #2 is in the book and I have to admit; This week was tough. During the first week, the workouts seemed to get easier as the days progressed. This week, the running felt better each day, it just seemed tougher to run the distances that were needed (only 90 seconds of jogging at a time), due to an problem I knew was there but hoped to avoid.

That problem was pain in my shins and calf muscles. I alluded to this in my Week #1 post. I have long suffered from shin splints and that is what has kept me from pursuing serious running or jogging for fitness. I used to hate the pain when I was in grade school running track and that has stuck with me. I had no idea what it was then but I have learned a lot about it over the years since then. I guess I can thank the internet for the help with the research!!

I have tried some stretches I got from YouTube and they have helped. The shoes that I am wearing are rather new and I have orthotics in them to help. I am at a loss for what to try next. I am determined to get through this, since I can’t be the first person to encounter this issue when running.

My concern is that as the running intervals increase that the pain will increase too. I am looking for suggestions and solutions to help. I am going to put this out into the “Twitterverse” and “Facebookisphere” and see if any others have solutions that might help. I know there are lots of runners out there!!

This week, I also plan to stop at a local Running Room location. I am sure that they have met many people like me, that have embarked on a running program and have ended up with the same issue. I am hoping that they will be able to make a few suggestions that don’t involve super expensive shoes to overcome the battle. For now, I am going to manage my speed (since that seems to help) and run through the pain.

Sorry, this blog sounds like a rant. I guess all I can say is that it is the honest truth of where I am at in the process of getting to 5K. That’s what I promised when I started blogging about this effort!! I know that Week #3 has a 3 minute jogging interval and sitting here before I have tried it, it has me worried. That’s honesty talking.

I know I am going to run this 5K in May (and maybe others if I have fun – I like the challenge). The encouragement has been amazing. My friend Jay P has promised to join me as I finish the run in May!! He is shooting for a personal best that day but is convinced that somehow he will find me to join me!! I am just looking forward to the cold beer after the race!!

3 responses to “Couch to 5K – Week #2 – Shin Splints!! Help needed!!

  1. Try ditching the supportive running shoes. Our bodies are designed to run long distance but don’t work as well when we trap our feet and ankles in stiff shoes. Your gym likely won’t allow barefoot running but Neworld Runners in Burlington carries Vibram and other minimalist shoes that will encourage you to run naturally instead of with a heel strike. Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall its a great

  2. I have problems with my shins too. The only thing that I’ve seen stressed is the RICE process (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). If you find something else that works, make sure to let us know! Good luck!

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