Doctor: NURSE, I need the scalpel!
Nurse: Right away doctor. Here.
Doctor: Thank you. More suction.
Doctor: Ok, I've almost got it. Just a little more and the muscle will be gone.
Nurse: You've detached the upper tendon. Be careful of the lower ligaments.
Doctor: Ah, yes. There we go. One more snip... Just have to keep from clipping any of the ankle's ligaments and we're good. Viola! Do we have a pan for this?
Nurse: Yes, right here.
Doctor: Very good. Now let me just sew this guys legs back up and we're good to go.
I'm just about ready to ask a doctor to remove my tibialis anterior. It's not necessary, right? It's just there to annoy run-a-muck runners. That's right...
Shin Splints Strike Again!
I knew I had them when I went out today, but I was hopeful that an extra long warm up and some stretching would diminish them so I could run. Wrong! Of course, it would only be helpful if my legs did what they were supposed to (according to my version of reality); we wouldn't want that!
Since meeting with Mona (Chelsea's aunt) to try and figure out why my shins are hurting, I thought it might be my lack of a warm up and subsequently running with tight calves and hamstrings. My warms ups have helped make my legs feel more relaxed prior to a run, but the splints still came back.
While my previous bet as to the culprit (my shoes) still stands, the fact that I had splints last fall with my old New Balance shoes puts a hole in that theory. Therefore, I'm left with the idea of needing MORE of a warmup and stretching, the fact that I run mostly on roads/sidewalks, running too much too soon, my form (though Mona said it looked fine), or something else I haven't thought of. After an extended walk today and short bursts of a light jogging pace, my next target to knock off my list is the road. I'll check out some parks and see if they're clear enough to run at. Maybe some softer (more forgiving) terrain will help.
Questions1. Has anyone else dealt with recurring shin splints?
Please tell me I'm not the only one (lie to me if you have to).
2. Any other thoughts on possible causes? I'm open to ANY suggestions no matter how off-the-wall.
Icing helps with the pain, but they don't go away. I'm doing exercises to strengthen the muscle, but I know that will take time (if that's even the issue).
Stay fit. Stay healthy.