So I posted yesterday that I was having trouble with shin splints. The pain, despite elevating/icing/resting has actually gotten worse and walking to and from work was very tricky.
I did go get fitted for new shoes at a place that did gait analysis. One thing that stuck out though was the shoe fitter testing the flexibility of my calf.
Her: "So just pop your foot on my knee and I'm going to stretch it."
Me: "Ok, sorry about the cat socks."
She attempts to flex my foot, cupping the heel and tilting the ball towards my shin. She frowns.
"Hmm, just relax"
She tries again.
"Wow, your calves are unbelievably tight - this could be why you got shin splints. You should take some time to get your legs muscles stronger and limber before running again."
So... on the one hand I really, really don't want to stop. But on the other I've had shin splints so bad in the past that my legs got all bumpy and I couldn't walk.
From the title of this post you can already tell that concern trumped pride. I'm going to switch to swimming/cycling for the next week and stretch carefully everyday after a short walk.
I'm also wearing my new supportive running shoes to walk to work, just in case.
It's all very unfortunate timing as I'll be traveling for work for the rest of June come the weekend. It will be a real test on my resolve. Hopefully there is a gym in the hotels I'm staying at: running was just such a convenient option!!
This feels like a major set-back but I will try and see it as an opportunity to lay more groundwork: static strength exercises like squats, and stretches to begin again soon.
I'm also going to keep posting here about the progress I make with the cross-training and stretching and how it affects the shin splits. I apologise that these posts are not explicitly about C25K but they help me feel accountable.