Leave it to me to find the perfect mixture of multiple things to promote EXTREMELY PAINFUL AND LONG-LASTING shin splints. Story of my life…
From the moment they started hurting, I immediately stopped running. This actually was very easy to do since I could barely walk. But the pain did not subside. My right ankle ended up swelling so badly I lost almost complete movement of the foot. I started icing even more, over-dosing on Advil, and tightly wrapping my ankle to move the swelling out of my ankle.
It was not until the last 3 days here that I have seen improvement and have been able to walk without a limp. PTL!!
But seriously… like why in the world did shin splints take so long to start to heal?
Answer= Sun poisoning on my shin.
Wait, come again? A bad sun burn? Yep. Awesome. I was so so busy working the rope swing with campers one HOT day that I literally didn’t have time to lotion up (or breath) and got very badly burned. My shin looked horrible… all blotchy and red. But what I didn’t know, was that combining the burn with my intense hill runs was causing fluid to get up under the muscle and fill in the cavity between my shin bone and muscle to the point where there was just no more room, i.e causing AWFUL pain.
It is so weird. I could feel and HEAR the fluid in my shin, but didn’t know what it was. I can move my foot up and down and hear my shin squeaking. It sounded exactly like a squeegee on a car windshield. Grossssss.
But YAY!!! Good news is I should continue compression socks, Advil, and no running (ok that is Boo) and they will go away. No long term harm done!
July 27 I have the Big Ten 10k race in Chicago where I am running with a friend (I am running for Purdue and she for Michigan) and it will just be a FUN relaxed run! Perfect! Then we are going to a Sox’s game (duhh gotta do that when in Chicago)! So hopefully I can be ready to run that!!
Have you had a similar shin splint story?? (please say it is not just me.)
When is your next race!!!