So last Friday I worked out on the rowing machine for 30 minutes in the morning, The Husband and I cleaned out the garage and then I went for a 2 1/2 mile run w. my running buddy in the afternoon. Apparently this made my body mad! I woke up in the middle of the night and was unable to put any weight on my right leg. There was a shooting pain in my hip. The Husband had to help me get around the house and took me to the computer where I ended up sitting, stretching and playing video games for the next couple hours because I was unable to sleep. Finally the pain subsided after tons of stretching and Ibuprofen and I went back to sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, it was much better, but still limping and I also noticed that, once again, I have shin splints. SO What to do. Took more anti-inflammatories, did more stretching and taped up my shins. Now usually I use an ACE bandage and compression socks on my shins when I get splints. But neither were anywhere to be found. SO tried the taping.
Looked like this, although this is not my leg… I WISH! Soon I will have those thighs! I don’t think it works as nicely as an ace bandage and compression socks, but it did help. If I had icy hot that usually helps as well. But alas. So anyway, I did some research on how to help shin splits and how to prevent them. One thing that came up a couple times is that it can be due to a bad hip! CHECK! Got that for sure! So gotta work on my hip stretching and strength as well as my shin/calf stretching and strength.
Here is one of my favorite hip stretches:
Another great one is done sitting up. You put your ankle on your knee (so almost cross legged) and lean forward. I am also going to add hip exercises to my weekly strength training.
As for shin stretching, I am going to try these two things from Running Worlds website: