So this must be a Shin Splint

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I may have pushed myself a little too hard lately as far as training myself to reach 20,000 steps.  I’ve been walking 15K steps daily (took a break during the weekend). I made over 15,000 steps Monday and over 16,000 yesterday.  This morning around 1AM I felt like gravity was breaking my leg.  I had an extremely sharp pain in my calf and shin area (just my right leg though).  My poor husband had to wake up to stop me from tossing and turning. The pain finally started to subside after I took two ibuprofins and an ice pack over the problem area.

I woke up this morning feeling a little better. Now as I’m getting close to mid-day I can start to feel the pain creeping up again.  From the brief reading that I’ve done apparently I’m supposed to back off if my leg starts to hurt again and let it heal.  6-8 weeks just sound way too long though, I hope it’s not going to take THAT long.  That’s what I get for taking on too high of inclines and walking on concrete with probably the wrong kind of sneakers.  I felt like I was on such a good roll though.  Darn you body for not adjusting fast enough.  I’m the one suffering though I’ve only got myself to blame for not being careful.

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2 thoughts on “So this must be a Shin Splint

  1. I hope the problem goes away quickly. It may be better to start off 5,000 steps and then gradually work your way up to 20,000. That way you can allow your body to adjust to walking that distance. Trying to do too much too soon can sometimes make things worse when you are only trying to do some good for yourself. Exercise is suppose good for you but only if you are doing it properly. I hope you are able to reach your goal but I don’t like to see you hurt yourself to do it. Good luck with your goal in the future!

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    • I am happy to report that my leg is all better. My husband says that I should still take it easy and try not to do too much too soon. I think it’s healthy to walk every day but I do not need to go straight into running so fast. I also think not having the proper shoes played a huge factor in my injury.

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