By Louise ... As you know I have been suffering with shin splints (medial tibia stress syndrome) since the New Year and desperately trying to re-hab it and train around an injury.
I have been limiting the impact work to once a week only on the long run and all other training such as interval and recovery has been done on the bike and cross trainer. I do circuits for strength and avoid the initial mile warm up run in favour of alternatives to save my leg.
I have been icing my leg, doing strength exercises and taken a course of brufen. It’s been immensely frustrating as its 2 steps forward and one step back.
Last week I tried some intense icing using 50% ice and 50% cold water, if you haven’t done this, be prepared to feel very sick. I had to emerge my leg for 10 mins in this frosty substance and after approx. 1 minute I could no longer feel my toes and then they began to hurt – a lot. It was the longest 10 minutes of my life and after completing it and trying to defrost my toes I had to stay sat down for approx. 10-15 mins so I didn’t pass out.
I have subjected my leg to this 3 times over the last week and although it’s horrendous it does appear to be working. I ran my first 18 miles last Friday and am doing this again tomorrow, I am not injury free and am a walking advert for K tape but the pain is subsiding.
It’s desperate measures at this stage as time is running out, I have Challenge No 4 in 2 weeks and then my final long run on Friday 3 April before I begin tapering for the big day.
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