I had to take more than a few days off to rest after thinking that I had it all figured out!
Self-diagnosed with shin splints in my left leg I knew I had to cut back.
I thought I was in the clear after I got some great tips for taking
care of myself after my runs/workouts from Dr. Google and a chick
I have decided to call my Fairy-Running-Godmother!
A few of those tips were things like making sure I iced my legs
afterwards, took some ibuprofen and glucosamine, re-hydrated with water and Gatorade, and then also making sure I ate something like a protein bar (or something similar)
soon after I finished.
I had a SUBSTANTIALLY better time after running once I implemented
these tips and tricks. Then the pain came back even worse in that lower
part of my left leg. WTH???!!!
So, time to try something else.
I went out and bought these ($40?!) neon green compression sleeves
for my calves that made me feel like a Japanese schoolgirl...
...and when I went out to run in them I still hurt.
The Natalie from 6 months ago would've definitely given up right about then!
Next on my list was to try new shoes.
Everything I read online brought me to the conclusion that the $30 'running' shoes
I was wearing from Target were... (I'm sure you can guess!) ALL WRONG for me!
So, I went to Luke's Locker in Fort Worth and traded these (top) in for these (bottom):
I felt like I had bought a brand new pair of legs!
My actual shin pain is gone now, although I still have soreness
in my calves after I run/workout. I am chalking that up to needing
to strengthen them since, hello?! that is probably why I got the shin splints to begin with!
Who knew getting in shape would require this much of a learning curve?!