How I “Cured” My Shin Splints in 12 Hours

As I mentioned during Target Practice Friday, I developed a shin splint in my left shin. I am not going to lie here, I was really worried it would be a lasting problem that would prevent me from training for the LA Marathon with Team Nutribullet.

On Friday night I went on the hunt to find a quick “cure” to shin splints. I received a lot of helpful feedback on Instagram. Since you all know best, I decided to take your advice and RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) after my easy Friday night workout. My shin felt much better after the ice, but I knew more was needed if I was going to run those 12 miles on Saturday.

After a little research YouTubing, I found this video that claimed to cure shin splints in 24 hours so I gave it a try since all I needed was a golf ball and foam roller.

It hurt so good!

Saturday morning my shins felt great! It was like the pain disappeared over night. I was a happy camper but I knew that I would have to take more steps to prevent from further injury. I started the morning with these shin splint strengthening exercises and stretches.

During Saturday’s 12 miles, I focused on the ABCs (Align posture, Balance foot landing, and Count Cadence) of running. I think I figured out what caused my shin splint. I tend to heel strike when running downhill so I was very conscious of that during Saturday’s run.  I also reduce my cadence when I get tired. Luckily with Team Nutribullet, our pacers have metronomes that beep at 180 cadence.  I definitely need to invest in one of these for those lonely runs.

All of these actions lead me to “cure” my shin splint in 12 hours so that I could have a healthy run on Saturday. Obviously, I am not a doctor and I would recommend you consult with a sports doctor if you have shin splints.  This is just what worked for me!

Target Practice Friday #24

borrowed stole the idea for the Target Practice Friday series from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  I do things a little differently, but ultimately it’s where I share my progress on my short term goals, a.k.a targets.

It has been an active two weeks. Even though I am not training for a triathlon right now, I have done a lot of biking and swimming.  I guess my new Christmas toys got me into the spirit. I hate to admit this but I sort of want to get these 26.2 miles over with so I can focus on tri training! Eeeee… I still love running though!
imageMarathon – I ran 10 and 8 hilly/trail miles the last two Saturdays with a lot of short runs in between. However, something scary happened last night. My left shin was killing during my run. I could only last 5 minutes on the treadmill so I sent a text to my trainer, John from Shaka Runners, for advice. He recommended I wear shoes with sufficient cushion and work on landing on the ball of my foot since shin splints (AHHHH I can’t have shin splints! This is not happening!) are directly related to shock absorption.  He also suggested I wear compression sleeves for a speedy recovery. I’m doing everything he has recommended but I am still worried.
imageImprove Pace - There were a few interval runs over the last two weeks but I still need to do Megan’s speedwork routine.

Handstand – I held a handstand away from the wall for maybe 3 seconds! I’ll take what I can get.

Eating Clean - My goal is to start the new year with a clean diet. I have been trying to incorporate more greens into my meals. I really want to focus on consuming grains in the middle of the day while eating lean protein and veggies in the evening. I may even try Sunday meal planning. We’ll see how it goes…
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Questions: Have you ever had shin splints? If so, how do you get rid of them quickly?

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Pasadena Rose Parade

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a fabulous night and are having a wonderful day. Since I have moved to Pasadena, I walk down the street with a stepladder to watch the Rose Parade very single new year. By the time the parade arrives in my hood, it’s been on TV for an hour so I scope out all the beautiful floats for pictures.

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Typically this means I look for the floats with animals and butterflies.

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I just love all the horses! They are so well behaved. I wish my dogs could learn a thing or two from them. :)

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IMG_7015-smThese ladies were so beautiful!

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I’ve been told that even the ickiest of motels go for $600 a night during this time of year. I am very lucky to live in Pasadena year round!

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Apparently there is tough competition to become the Rose Queen. I heard that about a thousand young ladies applied this year.
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This was the party float! Everyone was dancing and singing…naturally it was the wine float!

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This was my favorite float! I wish I got a full picture. The ladies were beautiful too.

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Every year hundreds of thousands of people come to watch the Rose Parade. Last night the Bear and I decided to attach the GoPro to our car and drive through the streets to see the crowds. Little did we know that people would throw food and silly string all over our car and GoPro! Lesson learned for next year: don’t drive down Colorado!

One thing to note is that the parade is definitely for the young or young at heart. I typically only watch the parade for an hour (lasts 3-4 hours) before heading back home.

IMG_7129-smI stood next to these little girls during the parade. It was a truly magical experience for these two as they kept saying “WOOOOOW” to each and every float. If you live in the area or are planning to come out next year, be sure to bring the littles along. They will never forget the experience!

I hope you enjoy the photos! Happy New Year my friends!!!