It looks like summer has finally arrived, which is lovely if you want to laze around in the sun, but not so lovely if you want to run.
Being a fair skinned Scott, I’m really not a fan of hot weather. Warm and sunny, yes; hot and humid, not so much.
Still, I wasn’t going to let a bit of hot weather spoil my run yesterday. I got up early, drank plenty of water and then chose to run along the main street rather than the seafront so that I could at least stay in the shade. It was a straight run there and back and, apart from the fact that I sweated a bit more than usual, it was all pretty uneventful.
Despite taking the run slow and steady, however, I started to notice some pain in my shins. This is unusual for me as my aches and pains tend to fade as I run, but this was getting worse with each step. Not bad enough to stop me from running, but bad enough to make it feel uncomfortable.
My guess is that it’s shin splints, possibly caused by heel strikes or running on an uneven pavement. Not too serious at this stage, but it does mean that I should avoid running until they feel better.
I usually have Monday and Tuesday as rest days so hopefully it will have cleared up by Wednesday’s scheduled run. If not, I’ll have to wait, which is kind of annoying. But I guess that’s all part of being a runner, right?
How do you deal with shin splints? Do you keep running or take some rest until the pain clears up? What’s the best way to avoid them altogether? Please share your thoughts, ideas and tips in the comments.