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Runner's schtick

Ok, I am opening this for any questions relating to runners, either devoted or Sunday ones, whoever needs to ask.

Q1 - I can't shake an unpleasant pulled muscle right next to my shin, need a quick working trick to stop the dull pain and don't feel like stopping my few kms daily routine. Any tips? I do stretch bf and after.

Q2 - I will get new shoes, wonder if that'll help. Any tips for latest, reliable (and not ugly) shoes for light daily routine? I run on a treadmill (so I can cram sheetmusic for symphonies).

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Old 23.02.2019, 12:43
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Re: Runner's shtick

Q1 sounds like shin splints. Too much, too fast, too far, too soon. Needs rest. Proper rest.

As for shoes, everyone’s different. Go to a running shop and ask for your gait to be analysed, try all the shoes they recommend, run out of the shop and round the block if you have to. A good shop is used to runners testing the shoes.
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I run on a treadmill (so I can cram sheetmusic for symphonies).

Try setting the treadmill to a slight gradient rather than flat. That mimics real running more and 'may' help with the muscle.

Massage of the muscle (with a Black Roll or otherwise) is probably going to be more effective than stretching.
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Re: Runner's shtick

I think it is shin splint aka tibial stress syndrom. Gawd. Today it really moved to the top of my shin. I really do not want to stop my 3-4kms a day.

I will have a look at better shoes, old ones don't support any more.

Tom - it is a good tip, I will move it up a little. By how much?
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Re: Runner's shtick

Buy a bouyancy belt and go jogging in the pool for a couple of weeks. Itís not quite the same as running but you can get a sort of workout from it. I rehabilitated a dodgy ankle like that. You just have to get yourself a flowery bathing cap so you fit in with the other floating ladies

Or go biking.

Anything to get the weight and impact off and give it a fighting chance. When you go back to running, go easy and build up slowly.
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Tom - it is a good tip, I will move it up a little. By how much?
Not much.

I checked - it's a bit of an urban myth that an incline means it's more like real running with regards to energy exerted etc but I have found over the years, that a slight incline does seem to put less stress on the lower legs.

I don't actually like treadmills and prefer to run outside but there are times when not much else is available.
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Re: Runner's shtick

It is not just the treadmills that are horrid, but the whole gym experience just doesn't compare to running outside. But it is the fastest way I can, as a single mom, squeeze in the few daily kms while supervizing all the other stuff that needs to get done. Even running races is better than gym training, though, stuffy place where people gawk. Anyways. I am grateful for what I have.

I will put up the angle today, and see. Though I do intervals and sprint half my distance, so it will be a bit funny.

This morning I don't feel my tibia much so something is ok. I loosened my shoe yesterday. I ran in a different gym, too, the landing pad seems softer. And the belt is wider, less stress.

SG - floating belt sounds like fun. The cap doesn't, but I might borrow an animal one from my kid. The pool is far away, though, and they might not let me padle the water in the gym jacuzzi.
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Re: Runner's shtick

If the pain persists and the situation deteriorates, visit a physio. You may need a referral from a GP, but it should be covered under your health or accident insurance (depending on how and when the sprain was caused one or the other cover may kick in).

I strained my knee last year, and nine sessions of physio really assisted the recovery. So much so I managed two full marathons and the Zermatt Ultraks trail race.

If it is only a minor injury, rest alone should be sufficient, or moderate your pace for a week to allow recovery if you have to exercise. Taking ibruprofen after you work out may reduce swelling, but the medical evidence to support this is very mixed, and you are probably better off resting or reducing the intensity of your work out regime.
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