running form and Shin Splints and what to do about them.
Having shin splints can be extremely difficult to deal with in a beginner running program. It can stop you in your tracks and bring your running program to a halt.
You're left wondering...
"Why do my shins hurt?"
You can correct this just by changing your running form!
Click on this link, "Why do I have shin pain?" and understand what is happening to your shins and running!
What do you do?
It is important to stop running immediately to prevent more damage!
- First off, stop running so that you don't damage to your shins.
- Give yourself at least a few days rest.
- If the pain is really bad, relax and give yourself a week.
- Sometimes you will still feel a subtle pain in the shin area. Give yourself more time, because You may need a month or more off.
Do these exercises to prevent shin splints 3X per week.
You prevent shin splints from developing by strengthening muscles in the shin area.
A good indication when to start running again is when bruising diminishes.
Change Your Running Form!
Sloppy running form and being a beginner running can sabotage your running program and make you prone to injuries of the:
- lower back - causing you to run slower.
Change your running form by...
- Running upright, without slouching your posture. (It's too much weight for your lower body to take and hard on your lower legs.)
- Keep your chin parallel to the ground.
- Hold your abdomen strong.
- Keep your shoulders quiet and facing forward.
- Keep arms swinging back, controlled and not crossed over in front of your body.
- Relax your hands in a soft grip. (Like you were holding cotton and not wanting to squish it.)
- Land mid-foot, (Not on your heels or up on your toes.)