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I've been doing an interval workout on the treadmill now, a little over 3 weeks. The interval has really high incline. The past week I've been cutting down on the incline and focusing more on training to run for a longer amount of time. However my left shin down to my foot get so tight and feel heavy I have to stop every few minutes because the pain is so intense. What could this be and how can I fix this? Any recommended pre-stretches and post stretches? I've done a little research online but honestly there is just so much information it overwhelms me! Also, does anyone have any advice on endurance training? Thanks for any help!!
You didn't have trouble with the high incline, interval workout? When you lowered the incline for more distance did you also increase speed (even a little)? Does the pain/tightness start immediately or some distance into the run? Chances are it's shin splints. First recommendation is to slow down to see if that provides relief. Shin splints is an overuse injury, usually from pushing the body/legs faster than they are ready to go.
For starters congrats on getting started running. It's a great sport and is a lot of fun. Stick with it.
Regarding the shin pain, I'd make sure you are doing a dynamic warmup to get ALL of your leg muscles ready to run. I'd end your workouts with Phil Wharton's "Foot and Ankle Routine." This will stretch and open up those lower leg mucles.
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Good advice Len. One or the other should increase. NOT both. I'd suggest increasing distance first.